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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Welcome to our SEND page, where you can find information about all the support Parrs Wood High School offers to students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and their families. We have a dedicated team of Learning Support Assistants who work with our students to help them enjoy learning and succeed in their studies, under the guidance of both the SENDCo and the Assistant SENDCo.

The SEND department is:

  • supporting teachers to adapt and personalise their teaching to ensure equal access for all students to all lessons

  • providing in-class support to some students

  • individual or group interventions to support students with a specific area of need

For each student with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, we pair them with a key staff member who can act as the main link for that student and their parents/carers. We listen to the student’s and parent’s wishes when planning support.

Contact details

Our SENDCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) – Catherine Doherty can be contacted either through the main school office or via email – c.doherty@parrswood.manchester.sch.uk 

Our Assistant SENDCo – Michelle Palmer can be contacted either through the main school office or via email – m.palmer@parrswood.manchester.sch.uk

Useful information and links

  • The key document for parents explaining what support for SEND students looks like at Parrs wood High School is the SEND Report
  • You can also visit the Manchester Local Offer website, which helps children, young people and their parents and carers to understand what services and support they can expect from a range of local agencies – including their statutory entitlements
  • Talbot House (www.talbot-house.org.uk) – supports parents and carers of people who have learning disabilities in Manchester.
  • IDL dyslexia intervention (www.idlcloud.co.uk)

Key Policies relating to SEND