Priority Students – SEND

SEND student support at DCHS aims to provide the best possible experience for students with additional needs. We aim to identify needs promptly, modify teaching and support as appropriate and provide a holistic and consistent support network for each student.

The SEND support offer at DCHS covers classroom provision as well as individual interventions, clubs, nurture facilities and adapted curriculum offers. We have a team of dedicated LSAs as well as teaching staff who work specifically with SEND pupils to enhance their learning and social development while at high school.

Liaison with our feeder primary schools helps us know as much as possible about students before they join us and we aim to proactively plan for their needs so from day 1 they feel welcomed and supported at DCHS.

Once at DCHS we offer students a range of break and lunch clubs to support them in the less structured parts of each school day and support students both within main class lessons and in small groups or 1:1 intervention work. We have bespoke SEND provision rooms including a nurture room facility for our most vulnerable KS3 learners and work hard to make it possible for the full range of needs students have to be met within our school setting.

We are working on our home-school communication systems and are developing increasing opportunities for liaison between parents and key staff in school plus regular parent feedback activities. Every SEND pupil is allocated a keyworker in school who is responsible for checking in with them regularly and supporting them with progress both academic and emotional. The team work closely with the pastoral support team and pupil premium team within school to provide as comprehensive and cohesive network of support as possible.

Resources & Help

The school has it’s own in-house assessment systems and intervention programmes. Literacy and processing assessments are overseen by a specialist teacher who also coordinates and assesses pupil’s need for access arrangements for external exams.
DCHS also works closely with external support agencies through the county SEND support service. We are able to support students with additional speech and language services, ASD specialist teachers and behaviour support work as examples of these links. The Visual Impairment Team and Hearing Impairment Team also work closely with school to support students through staff training and one to one work with pupils.

Referrals to external agencies such as CYPS, Primary Mental Health and School Health also form part of the extended SEND support offer available.


Mrs Naomi Hutchinson; SENDCO
Mrs Lauren Whitelock; Assistant SENDCO
Mrs Julia Bennett; SEND admin assistant
Mrs Kim Deathe; Literacy Specialist Teacher
Mrs Anne Puddephat; Nurture Room Co-ordinator
Mr Richard Oliver; KS3 Literacy LSA
Mrs Sophie Towers; KS4 Literacy LSA
Mrs Susan Joyce; Numeracy LSA
Miss Hannah Gregory; DA and LAC Specialist LSA
Mrs Louise Davison; ASD Specialist LSA
SEMH Specialist LSA – post to be confirmed