Special Educational Needs & Disability

William Howard School is committed to ensuring that the individual long term hopes and aspirations of the students and their families form the basis of a personalised next step approach to their educational experience.

Our school aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which is differentiated to meet individual needs and abilities. Specialist seating and equipment is provided where necessary to ensure access throughout the building and curriculum areas. Children may have Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND) throughout or at any time during their school career. We strive to ensure that curriculum planning and assessment take account of the type and extent of the difficulty experienced by the student. All staff aim to plan for a student’s Special Educational Needs and/or Disability, enabling them to participate effectively in all curriculum, assessment, extra-curricular activities and the broader aspect of school life as far as is reasonably possible.

‘Pupils with SEND are well supported and make good progress from their individual starting points. These pupils receive well-targeted academic support and make improved progress as a result.’  OFSTED, May 2019


Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is Mrs Ellen Mothersdale Email SENCO

Our SENCo is responsible for the operation of the Special Educational Needs Policy and co-ordination of specific provision made to support individual children with SEN. The SENCo will liaise regularly with class teachers and monitor pupil progress. Where progress is slower than expected, further interventions and/or support will be planned.


95% of differentiation and differentiated curriculum is delivered in the curriculum areas.

Other opportunities include:

  • Small group work
  • Additional differentiated extra-curricular activities
  • Parallel and personalised schemes of work

‘I don’t think he would have done half so well, or been as able to cope with the work, without your intervention and support.’  Parent of Y11 student

Specialist Provision for Students with Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD)

Does your child have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for Severe Learning Difficulties?

  • If so, please arrange a tour to discuss our specialist provision (tel: 016977 45774).
  • You may get help with transport if your child is not able to access public or traditional school transport.

‘I was so nervous sending my son to a new, big school but it turned out to be the best thing we could have done. It is amazing to see the change in him, to have seen his confidence grow and to know he is now happy and settled at school.’  Parent of Y7 student

Associated Policies and Reports:

‘My daughter continues to enjoy school and has now started to make positive steps in deciding what she would like to do in the future. This is due to the encouragement and dedication shown by teachers and support staff. She feels valued and her confidence has grown.’ Parent of a Y11 student

Cumbria SEND

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If parents and carers feel they would like some impartial information, advice or support on any issues relating to their children’s special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), they can contact the Cumbria SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) who can offer a range of support. They will help parents, carers and young people to prepare for meetings with schools or the local authority and practically support them at the meetings in an appropriate and impartial manner. They can also signpost to other relevant support networks.

For more information on SENDIASS and how to find support, please click on this link: https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/schoolsandlearning/ils/parentpartnership/default.asp

Cumbria SEND Improvement Programme. This sets out what Cumbria County Council are doing to respond to the recommendations following the inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission in March 2019.