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We work in close partnership with our schools, ensuring that we facilitate the sharing of best practice and provide access to a wide range of partners and resources for the benefit of our students and the wider community. Visit our website here or follow us on Twitter @olympustrust.

Bradley Stoke

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Special educational needs and disabilities

It is our ambition at Bradley Stoke Community School that every child with SEN reaches their full potential in school and can make a successful transition to adulthood and the world of further and higher education, training or work.

What are Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

A child has special educational needs (SEN) if he or she has learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for him or her to learn than most other children of about the same age.

Many children will have special educational needs of some kind during their education and a few children will need extra help for some or all of their time in school.

Special educational needs could mean that a child has:

  • Learning difficulties – in acquiring basic skills in school
  • Emotional and behavioural difficulties – making friends or relating to adults or behaving properly in school
  • Specific learning difficulty – with reading, writing, number work or understanding information
  • Sensory or physical needs - such as hearing or visual impairment, which might affect them in school
  • Communication problems – in expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying
  • Medical or health conditions – which may slow down a child’s progress and/or involves treatment that affects his or her education.

Children make progress at different rates and have different ways in which they learn best. Teachers at Bradley Stoke Community School take account of this in the way they organise their lessons and teach. Children making slower progress or having particular difficulties in one area may be given extra help or different lessons to help them succeed. This targeted support is overseen by the school’s SENCo (special educational needs coordinator).

Students without SEN statements

Students who have a statement of special educational needs will receive support in-line with their statement of SEN, however, students without a statement who are identified as needing additional intervention may also receive support through some of the lead teaching assistants who can provide additional assessment and small group or 1:1 support for Literacy.

You should not assume, just because your child is making slower progress than you expected or the teachers are providing different support, help or activities in class, that your child has special educational needs.

Learning Support Team

We strive to work in partnership with parents and carers at every stage and would urge any parent who is concerned about their child’s learning and progress to discuss this initially with their class teacher or by contacting a member of the Learning Support Team.

Key staff names and roles, who can be contacted using the main school number 01454 868840;

  • SENCo - Erica Wolstenholme
  • BSCS Assistant SENCos - Cristiana Ferris & Sarah Jones
  • Learning Support Team administrator - Vanessa Willcox

 Special Educational Needs BSCS Offer

BSCS tracks all students identified as having additional needs and monitors the impact of interventions. This includes students who have medical needs, learning needs, disabilities, looked after children, young carers, behavioural and emotional issues which impact on learning and children in need. Students with a statement or Education, Health and Care Plan and those as identified as SEN support are included on our Inclusion Register.  Our SENCo is Mrs Erica Wolstenholme who can be contacted via e mail at erica.wolstenholme@bradleystokecs.org.uk or our Assistant SENCos at BSCS are Mrs Cristiana Ferris and Miss Sarah Jones and can be contacted at cristiana.ferris@bradleystokecs.org.uk or sarah.jones@bradleystokecs.org.uk.

BSCS SEND Report 2019 - Click here


If you want to view videos with information from our students please scroll down to the section further down on the page. 

How does BSCS know if my child needs extra help?

What should I do if I think my child has SEN?

How will BSCS communicate to all staff that my child has SEN or a disability and the support that he or she will need?

How will BSCS staff support my child’s SEND?

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

How will staff at BSCS know how my child is doing?

How will I know how my child is doing?

How will you help me to support my child’s learning?

What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by BSCS?

How does BSCS work together with outside agencies?

What training have the staff at BSCS had regarding supporting students with SEND?

How will my child be included in activities outside of the classroom including school trips?

How accessible is BSCS school?

How will BSCS prepare and support my child for transition in secondary school?

How will BSCS prepare and support my child for transition from KS3 (7-9) to KS4 (10 and 11)?

How will BSCS prepare and support my child for Post 16 transition, both within BSCS and outside of BSCS?

How are BSCS resources allocated and matched to a student’s SEN?

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

How will I be involved in BSCS as the parent of a child with SEND?

Who can I contact for further information?



Local offer information for students in BSCS


How will BSCS staff know if I need extra help?

What can I do if I think I need extra help?

How will BSCS change my work for me if I find it tough?

Do I get a say in how my work is changed at BSCS? Who can help me change it?

How will I know if I am doing well at BSCS?

Who can help me become more independent and learn to help myself?

What if I'm worried about something? Is there somewhere in BSCS where I can go?

What if I'm worried about things that aren't to do with school work?

What different things can I do in BSCS if I struggle to take part in some activities?

Have BSCS staff had any extra training to help me?

What help can I get if I am worried about starting at BSCS?

How will BSCS prepare me for Post 16 or going to college?

What is it like being a student at BSCS?