'Pupils who speak English as a second language and those with SEND thrive because their learning is well supported.' OFSTED 2019
At Underwood West Academy we are fully committed to creating an inclusive, supportive and nurturing environment by providing an education that is appropriate to pupils needs, removes barriers to learning, and aims to fully include children with Special Educational needs and Disabilities into all aspects of school life.
Within school there is a wide range of expertise and resources available to support children with special educational needs including provision for children with social, emotional and behavioural needs as well as academic.
Our SEND Manager, Mrs H Stratford and Deputy SENCO, Mrs C Ashley are always available to talk to you if you feel your child has additional needs or you require advice and support from other agencies.
The children and families act 2014, and the updated code of practice , highlighted many changes in SEND including the introduction of each school providing an SEN information report as part of the Local Authority’s Local Offer. Our report can be found below and provides information on our school provision for pupils with SEND.
Another useful source of information available is The Cheshire East Toolkit for SEND. This document outlines provision and support in the Cheshire East area. A copy of the Toolkit can be found at the bottom of the page.
What does OFSTED say about SEND at Underwood West?
‘Teachers have high expectations of pupils and know them well. As a result, pupils, including those with additional needs, achieve well.’ Ofsted November 2019
‘Differences between people are celebrated. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are supported well and included in and out of class’ Ofsted November 2019
‘Pupils with SEND thrive because their learning is well supported.’ Ofsted November 2019
‘Leaders, including those responsible for governance, are determined to improve the life chances of all pupils. Disadvantage and disability are no barriers to achievement in this school.’ Ofsted November 2019
For further information for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities you may wish to visit the DFE site at