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Learning Support

Learning Support

For details of the Learning Support Program, please contact the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)  Miss H Castle.

All teachers are teachers of students with Special Educational Needs. Teaching such students is therefore a whole school responsibility, requiring a whole school response. The needs of all students are at the centre of whole school teaching and learning at Townsend. Special Educational Needs and Learning Support Policy is based on good practice as established over many years and is integral to the schools Respect for All statement

As parent/carers and students you can be sure that Townsend Church of England School is a fully inclusive school which values every member of the school community. We strive always to raise aspirations and attainment of all students in partnership with a range of outside agencies and stakeholders

The Wellbeing department includes a Inclusion Coordinator, a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), 2 Inclusion Managers, 2 Well-being Mentors and 4 Learning Support Assistants, both full and part time. We work collaboratively with all teachers, Directors of Learning (subject and year), Senior Management and outside agencies, to meet the learning needs of students.

Our team is established and fully committed to ensuring students are aspirational working to unlock personal potential. Learning Support Assistants work with students with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) across the curriculum in all years, as well as supporting students and teachers in the classroom. The majority of this support is classroom based, as well as a range of interventions and programmes (including some withdrawal) when needed and appropriate.

The department has a suite of rooms, where we can house our intervention work, including Extended Literacy and Numeracy Support and host meetings with parents and students with internal or external professionals.

Extra clubs are offered to help with Home Study and we are proud to be the lead in our D of E programme, offered to all students in year 10 onwards.

We aim to help all our students feel valued, better equipped to make positive choices and play an active role in society, now and in the future.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact the SENCo, Mrs H. Castle by emailing  sen217@townsend.herts.sch.uk or phoning 01727 853047 then a member of the Inclusion team will get back to you as soon as possible.


Mrs H. Castle – SENCo

Mrs L Altria – Inclusion Planning Manager

Mrs Baker – Inclusion Operations Manager