Special Educational Needs


North Huddersfield Trust School is a vibrant, multicultural, inclusive school with strong community links.

Our teaching staff are experienced in working with the full range of learning abilities.  They have skills in differentiation and are sensitive to student literacy and numeracy development.

Staff place an emphasis on their own usage of clearly articulated standard English, in line with the professional standards agenda.  They also possess excellent subject knowledge and enthusiasm for their own discrete curriculum areas.

Your child with special needs will be supported, nurtured and challenged academically.  We pride ourselves on the progress our SEND pupils make over their time at the school.


SEND Information Report


SEND Policies

Please click here to view our SEND related policies.


This offer is intended to give you clear, accurate and accessible information.

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Find out more about support for children and young people with special needs and disabilities at:


SEN and Disability Code of Practice / Local Offer

Kirklees Local Offer

North Huddersfield Trust is part of the North Huddersfield Learning Community, a network of schools incorporating Ashbrow, Birkby, Christchurch, Fixby and St. Thomas CE primary schools. We work closely together on all aspects of SEND. Representatives from the different schools meet regularly to discuss concerns and share ideas.

We are proud to be a vibrant, multicultural, inclusive school with strong community links.

All of our teaching staff are experienced in working with a full range of learning abilities. They have skills in differentiation and they are sensitive to student literacy and numeracy development. Staff place an emphasis on their own usage of clearly articulated standard English in line with the professional standards agenda. They also possess excellent subject knowledge and enthusiasm for their own discrete curriculum areas.

Send Support

What We Support

Our SEN Department supports students in school with a wide range of needs such as:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including Asperger’s Syndrome
  • ADD
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Emotional, social and mental health needs
  • Moderate hearing Impairments
  • Learning difficulties
  • Speech, language & communication needs


Learning Gap

We effectively fill the ‘Learning Gap’ by providing timely personalised interventions; we deploy a range of strategies and varying levels of interventions dependent upon individual need such as:

  • Quality First Teaching
  • Educational Teaching Assistant support and guidance
  • Peer support
  • Access to additional ICT resource
  • Scaffolding/extra time for tasks
  • Extra numeracy/literacy help
  • Evolve access
  • Nurture group place
  • BEYOND access (listening service)
  • Examination access arrangement testing
  • Advice through school nursing service
  • Dyslexia & Dyscalculia Screening
  • Life Skills
  • Corrective Reading
  • High quality Classroom Support
  • Reading Age Assessment
  • Cognitive Testing

Outside agency support

  • Educational psychologist
  • Children’s Emotional Wellbeing Service (CHEWS)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Communication and Interaction Team (CIAT)
  • Hearing impaired service
  • Social services
  • Speech & Language Outreach Service
  • Autism Outreach Service



Beyond is a listening service providing both support and guidance for students.

The team aim to provide a friendly, approachable and confidential service. We will listen openly and empathetically to any problems that a child or parent (regarding their child) may have.

We work closely alongside other student services such as welfare, SEN and the Learning Project; this ensures that the student has the appropriate support network around them. This is generally targeted at older students.



  • Miss L Brook
  • Mrs B Rushworth
  • Miss P Johnson


As part of our commitment to support and guide students to take responsibility for their learning and their wellbeing while in school, we have developed a 6 week learning development initiative named Evolve. The focus is primarily to improve self-confidence, social skills and behaviour thereby promoting engagement in mainstream learning and resilience.



  • Miss M Charnley
  • Mrs T Hamer
  • Mr J Robinson

EAL (English as an Additional Language)

The ethos of the department is to provide a safe and friendly learning environment, dedicated to providing for the language and academic needs of each individual student to enable them to achieve their full potential.

The team provides a New Arrivals programme, which is a comprehensive, multi-sensory language acquisition course built around the requirements of each individual student. We also provide withdrawal lessons in English language and grammar, reading and comprehension, situational speaking and listening exercises and support with homework, coursework and revision.



  • Mrs R Djordjevic
  • Mrs A Matsis
  • Mr A Yehyah
  • Mrs M Abbas
  • Miss I Roberts

SEND Contacts

Key Contacts:

Mr Andrew Fell



Ms Angela Sheridan

Special Educational Needs Coordinator


Mrs Emily Harford

Special Educational Needs Administrator

Mrs Sarah Grant

Special Education Needs Governor

Higher Level Educational Teaching Assistants:

  • Mrs K Iqbal
  • Mrs A Matsis
  • Miss D Mitchell

Learning Support Mentors:

  • Miss S Craven
  • Mr P Lackland
  • Miss S Mason

Educational Teaching Assistants:

  • Mrs M Abbas
  • Miss A Battye
  • Miss G Booth
  • Mrs G Carrol
  • Ms M Chapman
  • Miss W Fogarthy
  • Miss S Fill
  • Mrs A Jagger
  • Mrs R Jamshead
  • Mrs N Khan
  • Mrs L Khangar
  • Mr C Quillan
  • Mr A Yehyah
  • Mrs A Zulfiqar

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click the headings below for more information on each particular topic.


How do I know if my child has special needs or requires extra help?


How does the school know if my child has had extra help before?


How will the school help my SEND child?


What extra help could my child get?


How will I know how my child is getting on at school?


How can I help my SEND child to get on at school?


What does the SENDCo do?


What training have your staff had for SEND?


Will my child get treated the same as everyone else?


How easy to access are your buildings and grounds?


How do you help student transition?


How much extra money is linked to extra student need?


Who decides how much extra money is allocated to a student?


How do you involve parents/carers of SEND students?


If I want to complain how do I do it?


If I just want to talk to someone about my worries about my child, how do I do it?