Our Approach to SEND

The whole school approach to SEND at Highfields College is overseen by Mrs McFadyen, SEND Coordinator. Our SEND Information Report, written primarily with parents in mind, can be viewed here.

Please contact gill.mcfadyen@highfieldscollege.org.uk regarding any specific queries or ring Main Reception to book in a phone conversation or meeting.

At Highfields College we will support your child to achieve the best they can.

At times, young people may need extra help with their learning and development and this page will show you the range of support that is available here at Highfields College and within the wider borough of Stockport.

As always, we will work with parents, carers and other agencies, as necessary, to ensure your child has access to the educational provision required to meet their needs.

 Should you want to talk about an arising SEND need or concern:-

  • The first person to contact is your child’s form tutor – full details regarding this can be found here: www.highfieldscollege.org.uk/contact-us/
  • Your next point of contact, if arising issues are not felt addressed, is Mrs McFadyen (SENDCo). Appointments can be made via phone call 0161 406 7922.

 For additional advice regarding SEND you can also contact:

  • Parents in partnership Stockport (PIPS) – Parent/carer form info@pipstockport.org Tel: 07786101072
  • SENDIASS- Stockport 0161 4803189 stockport@kidsorg.uk
  • The SEND section at the Local Authority on 0161 474 2525 / specialeducation@stockport.gov.uk.
  • Parent and Carers Together on 07786 101 072 / info@pactstockport.co.uk 
  • Stockport SEND families closed- parent led support group- stockportsendfamilies@gmail.com

We are happy to speak to prospective parents about SEND needs and arrange a tour of the school. Please contact reception to arrange an appointment with Mrs McFadyen.

What is SEND?

A child or young person who has SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

(a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or

(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.’

(SEND Code of Practice 2015)

This is a broad definition covering all children and young people from 0-25 years of age.

The SEND Code of Practice 2015 identifies 4 main areas of need:

  1. Communication and Interaction
  2. Cognition and Learning
  3. Social, Mental and Emotional health
  4. Sensory and/ or Physical Needs

All schools are required to provide information to parents about how they will support children and their families if a child is deemed to have special educational needs. The provision and support offered at Highfields College is constantly evolving and adapting to the needs of its pupils. As a result the information on these pages concerning SEND will be reviewed and updated regularly.

School Documentation:

Stockport Borough Support:

For any further inquiries about any of the above, please contact our SEND Coordinator, Mrs McFadyen, on 0161 406 7922.