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Special Educational Needs

Who is the SENCO at Acton CE Primary Academy?

The SENCO, or Special Educational Needs Coordinator, at Acton CE Primary Academy is Mrs Anna Pike. Working for the 'Real Life Learning Academy Trust,' she supports Acton CE Primary Academy, Calveley Primary Academy and also Bridgemere CE (Aided) Primary School. This combined approach enables extensive support and provision for children and families across these schools.

Mrs Pike is a qualified teacher with more than 15 years experience leading and teaching across the primary age range. She holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship, the National Award for Special Educational Needs and has worked as a SENCO at a range of Cheshire schools.

What does the SENCO's role include?

The SENCO is here to ensure that the children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) at Acton reach their full potential. Mrs Pike works with the team to ensure that children with SEND achieve the very best possible educational and other outcomes, and that they become confident individuals armed with the skills required for successful transition into adulthood.

The SENCO and wider team support children to: make their own choices, help to prepare them for better transition between life stages, grow their independence, promote participation in wider society and place importance on keeping healthy.

Within the above ethos, the SENCO's role encompasses:

  • Overseeing the day to day operation of the school's Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) policy to make sure that all children receive a consistent high quality response to meet their specific needs.
  • Coordinating support (or provision) for children with special educational needs and disabilities, ensuring that provision is in place and fully supports individual children in meeting their key, long term outcomes.
  • Working alongside children, parents and carers to co-produce individualised support and provision within school.
  • Working with the wider staff team to support and advise on the 'Graduated Approach,' i.e. how best to support pupils across the continuum of need, from Universal to Complex requirements, and to provide continual professional development to ensure that staff are well supported to confidently meet the needs of pupils with SEND.
  • Acting as key contact for liaison with other professionals, agencies and organisations who can provide specialist support for specific needs and requirements.
  • Work with the management team to advise on the deployment of school's budget and resources.

When I am available and how do you contact me?

The SENCO's usual working days are: Monday (am), Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, although this is flexible according to need.

If you would like to chat to the SENCO regarding your child, then please email her directly on and she will make contact as soon as possible to arrange a suitable time to meet. Alternatively you can call or pop into the School Office who will then make contact with her.

There is a 'Request for Meeting' form below which can be downloaded from the website and returned. This form details how best to contact you and your reason for the meeting; this enables the SENCO to make best possible preparations for the meeting.

Please do not hesitate to make contact our SENCO, Mrs Pike, no matter how small the issue ... she will be happy to support!

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