Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEN/D)
At St Albans Girls' School it is our aim that all students achieve their potential regardless of the barriers there may be to learning. We are passionate about the support we offer to SEN/D students and they in turn reward us by achieving above and beyond expectations.
At STAGS we are ambitious for all our students, including those with SEND. Our first response is always high quality teaching, providing effective opportunities for learning and progress for all.
We are an inclusive school that believes strongly that all students, regardless of ability, background or ethnicity, have the right to participate in and enjoy all aspects of school life, including access to a full curriculum and have the opportunity to meet their full potential.
Admissions for all students are handled by the Local Education Authority, including for students with Education, Health and Care plans, Disabilities and Looked after Children. A copy of our Admission’s Policy can be found here.
Information about the local authority’s Local Offer of services and provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disability can be found on Hertfordshire’s website here.
The Learning Support Department
The support offered to students with SEND is in collaboration with the teachers, pastoral team and Learning Support Department under the direction of the SENCO, Karen Smith.
Parents of students with SEND have additional opportunities to meet with the SENCO each half term by making an appointment to attend a SENCO surgery. The dates for the coming year are:
Wednesday 12th October 2022
Tuesday 13th December 2022
Friday 27th January 2023
Friday 24th March 2023
Friday 19th May 2023
Thursday 29th June 2023
We keep parents regularly updated through the Learning Support Newsletter which can be viewed below.
There is also a new parents’ Coffee Morning on Monday 17th October 2022. Contact
SENDsupport@stags.herts.sch.uk to reserve a place.
|Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)||Mrs K Smith|
|Assistant SENCO/Learning Mentor||Miss R Messingham|
|Assistant SENCO/Learning Mentor||Miss C Hinson|
|Teaching Assistant||Miss T Fletcher|
|Teaching Assistant||Ms L Restell|
|Teaching Assistant||Mrs F Vick|
|Teaching Assistant||Mrs R Learner|
|Teaching Assistant||Miss E Coban|
|Teaching Assistant||Mrs D Abuznaid|
|SEND Administrator||Mrs S Abbott|
The role of the Teaching Assistant is varied. They may support identified students within the classroom, work with small groups of students, assist with the physical demands of the curriculum e.g. movement between and within classrooms as well as supporting extra-curricular learning and educational visits. They also play an important role supporting students who we feel need more focused monitoring.
Education Health Care Plans
If your child has an Educational Health Care Plan then appropriate provision will be put in place to ensure they are fully supported. If you are a prospective parent of a student with an EHCP then all admissions to schools must be through the SEND Team in your local authority.
We look forward to working with you in the future