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Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities


Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

Altrincham College is an inclusive school and all teachers:

  • Do everything they can to meet pupils’ special educational needs
  • Ensure that pupils with SEND engage in activities alongside their peers
  • Provide high-quality, differentiated teaching

Mrs Owen is the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo) and Mrs Crossley is the Deputy SENDCo. They work closely with school staff and outside agencies to assess the needs of pupils and plan appropriate provision and interventions to meet those needs. It is often the case that the needs of a pupil with SEND can be met with high quality teaching in the classroom. The impact of provision and interventions is reviewed termly. Mrs Owen can be contacted at and Mrs Crossley can be contacted at

Mrs Owen and Mrs Crossley work alongside a fantastic team of experienced teaching assistants: Ms Skillan, Miss Phelan, Mrs Birtwistle, Miss Savage, Mrs Gubba, Mrs Dyson, Mrs Boocker and Mrs Wood.

We also have a teaching assistant apprentice in the department, Miss Simister.

To contact the inclusion team, please click HERE

SEND Information Report and School Offer:

SEND Information Report 2020-2021

Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Code of Practice 0-25 years

Trafford Local Offer:
Trafford Local Offer provides information to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/ or disabilities, aged 0-25 years, to help them to understand what services and organisations are part of the support on offer in Trafford. The Local Offer has a Parent/ Carer, Young Person and Practitioner section.

Trafford SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) offer free, confidential, impartial advice and support to parent carers, children and young people aged 0-25 in relation to SEND who live in Trafford.

Trafford Parents Forum is made up of Trafford parents supporting Trafford parents who have children and young people with SEND.

Trafford Family Information Service (FIS) provide free, impartial, confidential information and advice to Parent/ Carers about services which make up the local offer in Trafford. You can get details about the support which is available and what’s on in the local area.

Covid-19 Information

On 1st May 2020 some key temporary legislation changes to the duties of Local Authorities under the Children and Families Act 2014 were published by the Secretary of State for Education. The most significant temporary change is ‘the duty on local authorities or health commissioning bodies to secure or arrange the provision [stated in an Education, Health and Care Plan] is temporarily modified to a duty to use ‘reasonable endeavours’ to do so’. This temporary change in legislation is an acknowledgement that it is not always possible to meet the needs of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in the same way than previously during the Covid-19 crisis. Parents of pupils with EHCPs have been contacted by a member of the SEND team to discuss the most appropriate provision to meet the needs of their child. We are delighted to be meeting the needs of a large proportion of our pupils with an EHCP face-to-face in school. For pupils with an EHCP not currently attending school, support is being provided remotely in consultation with parents and carers.

The latest guidance from the government around meeting the needs of pupils with SEND can be found here.

We are also providing remote support for pupils who would receive SEND support in the classroom. If you feel your child needs additional support during lockdown, please contact the SEND team using the email address

This is a link to some fantastic social stories about living with the COVID-19 guidance and regulations. Click  here

The document below is a social story to help pupils understand what school will be like on their return.


Neurodiversity Celebration Week 15th-21st March 2021

Thank you to all of our parents/carers who supported 'Neurodiversity Celebration Week'. We had information for students displayed in the canteen throughout the week, a social media campaign and a successful parent conference in which we had 7 external speakers from different support services within Trafford who shared information with parents:

  1. Kate Mc Grath from Trafford Sunrise
  2. Natalie Lunn from 42nd Street
  3. Shay Garry and Jules Kennedy from Trafford Young Carers
  4. Helen Boden from the charity I AM Celebrating Autism in Greater Manchester
  5. Emma Mander from Great Minds Together
  6. Andy Smith from Spectrum Gaming
  7. Chris Hill from Engage Trafford 

Please find below a recording of the event:

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