SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disability

We are keen to ensure that all of students are given the opportunity to reach their full potential whatever their starting point or learning needs. As with all schools some students have difficulties with learning from time to time, but we do not see this as a barrier to their aspirations and achievement.

Some children find it much harder to learn than others of the same age. They may need extra help in school. These children are said to have special educational needs. About 1 in 5 children will need extra help at school at some time in their education.  Please click below to view our parent/carer guide to SEND at The City of Leicester College.

SEND Parent/Carer Guide


Special Educational Needs (SEN) that affect A child's ability to learn can include their:
  • behaviour or ability to socialise, eg not being able to make friends
  • reading and writing, e.g. they have dyslexia
  • ability to understand things
  • concentration levels, e.g. they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • physical needs or impairments

As of September 2014, The City of Leicester has changed from acknowledging SEN students as School Action and School Action Plus to a single SEND Support category.  This is in line with the 2014 SEND Code of Practice: 0-25 years.  In line with the changes, the college strives to provide students with an effective differentiated support programme to enable pupils on the SEN register to access the National Curriculum and make progress in line with their peers.

Secondary school transition for SEN children

Starting secondary school is a big step for every child, and for those with special education needs or disabilities (SEND), it can be an even greater challenge.  To help with this process we have created a transition booklet and passport.  Click on the links below to view these documents.

KS3 Transition Booklet (will be uploaded soon)
Year 6 SEN Transition Passport


What do I do if I am unhappy?

If you have any concerns please contact the school SENDCo, Laura Pennifold on 0116 2413984 or by email:


Other useful information

SEND and Disability Policy

SEND information report

SEND Code of Practice

Accessibility Plan

Local Offer Leicester provides you with information and advice about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and details of services that can support children and young people with SEND, aged 0-25, in Leicester –  Click HERE to visit SEND Local Offer.

SENDIASS are an independent service that offers free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support to parents and carers of young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) as well as young people themselves. Click below for more information.