Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Our Senco is Sarah Letherby:sletherby@northcambridgeacademy.org

We are committed and passionate about ensuring ‘Achievement for All’, through setting high aspirations and providing a high quality teaching and learning environment, as a priority for all members of staff.

However, we acknowledge that some students will require additional support, for part or all of their time with us.

We have a dedicated team who strive to provide the best provision for students with special educational needs and disabilities, who are:

Dee Wallace (Assistant Principal SEND, Achievement Support and the Hub)

Sarah Letherby (Lead SENCO for North Cambridge Academy and Swavesey Village College)

Elizabeth Kyberd (Assistant SENCO)

Joanne Burroughes (Specialist Teacher of Cognition and Learning)

Martin Campbell (SEND Academy Council member)

The following part of this website is to assist parents, carers and students in finding information about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

SEND at Swavesey Village College

As per the SEND Code of Practice (Section 6.79), school’s must publish information about their arrangements for identifying, assessing and making provision available for pupils with SEND.

Below you will find answers to commonly asked questions about SEND provision at Swavesey Village College:

SVC SEND Information Report 2018-2019


Local Offer

The SEN and Disability Local Offer describes what help, support and services are available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families in Cambridgeshire.

It will:

§  Include information about education, social care and health services, as well as services provided by voluntary and community groups

§  Provide information about services for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans, as well as those without

§  Set out clearly the criteria for getting support

§  Be published on the internet, as well as be available in other formats on request

Accessing the Local Offer

Cambridgeshire Local Offer provides everything you need to know about Education, Social Care, Health, information on parent support and activities for Children and young people (0-25 with a Special Educational Need and/or Disability) and their families. https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/local-offer/

Educational, Health Care Plans (EHCP)

Also known as an EHC Plan, the plans are legal documents that local authorities have to follow and include information and support about the child/young person’s special education needs, as well as health and social care where relevant. In order to receive a plan a child/young person does not need to have all 3 strands of Education, Health and Social Care needs. As long as there is an educational need they can receive a plan and if the child has any health and/or social care needs this will be incorporated as well.

The plans can start from a child’s birth and continue into further education and training (including apprenticeship, traineeships and supported internships), and for some young people until they are 25 years old. The child/young person will own the plan, but there will also be a number of support agencies working with families as well. A child/young person’s viewpoint will be sought wherever possible whatever their circumstances and ability.

There will be a new cohesive statutory assessment process, for children and young people aged 0-25/ The assessment process for an EHC plan will take into account all provision that is currently put into place and the information will be gathered from all involvements for the child/young person.

For more information about EHC Plans, go to https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/local-offer/education-health-and-care-plan-ehcp/

Alternatively, download the EHCP Leaflet

Additional information

Here are some useful leaflets to help you support your child’s needs. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at school

Cambridgeshire Dyslexia Guidance

Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties


The following policy and procedures documents may also be helpful:

CMAT SEND Policy 2018-19

Accessibility Plan 2017-18 SVC

Special educational needs and disability – a guide for parents and carers

SEND Code of Practice January 2015