At King Arthur’s School we aim to ensure that all students achieve to their full potential. Our Curriculum One room caters for students with a wide range of additional needs, delivering programmes of specialist study and intervention which complement the excellent work that goes on in lessons. All of our work is designed to both promote personal development alongside academic progress.

Our SEND Co-ordinator (SENDCO) is Gary Chapman. 

Our Learning support team supports students with a wide range of needs including:

  • Cognition and Learning
  • Communication and Interaction
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  • Physical/Sensory Impairment

Alongside these we also work with students in the following areas:

* English as an additional language, (EAL)

* Exam access arrangements

Curriculum One also supports students at lunch and break time at Buddy Club

All teachers are responsible for meeting the needs of all students with Special Educational Needs in their classrooms, including when there is a TA present, through high quality first teaching and appropriate differentiation.

Students’ needs are identified through:

* Liaison with Primary feeder schools

* Observation

* The initial screening process of assessment

* Teacher referral

* By self request or parental request

We work closely with local primary schools to ensure that the transfer of information about pupils is accurate and both the SENDCO and the Head of Lower School visit and liaise with them in advance of the pupils’ arrival. Students with SEND requirements will have the opportunity to attend additional transition days at King Arthur’s. We also host a Summer School for Year 6 students, with activity days to spend time with other new students in a relaxed environment.

After the identification of a student’s need and in consultation with staff, parents and the student, it is determined how those needs are to be met.



Amanda Lampert – Assistant to the SENDco

Helen Gardiner – Learning support Assistant

Rachel Short  – Learning support Assistant

Danni Oliver-Taylor – Learning support Assistant

Students with SEND are integrated within the school by use of additional resources and facilities. The school makes use of specialist teachers and facilities from outside the school, including support services e.g. The Educational Psychology Service, Behaviour Support Team, Learning Support Service, the advisory teachers for children with visual, hearing or physical impairment and English as an Additional Language.

We value the support of parents and communicate with parents of students on the SEND Register at least termly through the review of their child’s Learning Passport. Parents are welcomed into school to talk to teachers and the SENDCO about any concerns they may have about their child.

Somerset County Council Local Offer

SEND Policy 2019-20 SEND Provison for Students 2019-20 SEND Information Report 2019-20 SEND Information Report 2020-21

Educational Psychology Service Helpline

Somerset Parent Partnership Service

Somerset Educational Needs Disabilities Advice Support (SENDIAS)

SENDIAS General Leaflet

Autism Concern