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Cardinal Newman is an inclusive school that caters for students with a range of special educational needs and disabilities. Most students will find the move from primary to secondary school a little daunting.  For students with special educational needs, the move to secondary can be more challenging.  To make this transition as smooth as possible the SENCO, Mrs Ruddy will collaborate with all the primary SENCOs and information and advice are shared well in advance of the September start.

There are a number of ways that more vulnerable children are supported including  opportunity for an additional visit to the school.

Most students SEND needs will be met through high quality teaching in mainstream classes.  The SENCO will share information on need and strategy through a learning plan and all class teachers will have access to this.  Some students may need extra provisions to support their time at Cardinal Newman, for example:

  • Going to homework club to have extra help from a teaching assistant, use a computer and have a quiet space
  • Using the Student Support Centre at break and lunch time to have a quiet space away from the hussle and bustle
  • Having a key person identified to check in

A small number of students may not be quite ready for secondary mainstream so their transition will be more gradual.  They will be placed in our Lighthouse Provision.  This will be led and managed by a teacher with primary school experience, learning will follow the schemes in place for year 7 but will be heavily scaffolded and differentiated in order to meet needs.

Support provided by additional adults will be prioritised to support students with Education Health Care Plans. Group interventions are targeted towards those with similar needs whilst recognising that some students will need more support than others. We use Provision Mapping that allows for a range of group and individual interventions to be put in place to appropriately and effectively meet students needs.  Some interventions may take place in our Student Support Centre.  The Student Support Centre boasts an experienced team that is dedicated to supporting SEN students in their care.

The team include:

  • Mrs Perkins Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for overseeing Year 7 and SEND
  • SENCO – Mrs Ruddy
  • SEND Provisions Manager (based in the Student Support Centre)
  • Transition Teacher (based in the Lighthouse)
  • HLTA – Miss Smith
  • Literacy Teaching Assistant  - Mrs Cotterill
  • Teaching Asssistants – Mrs Hilton, Mr Hewitt, Mrs Richards, Miss Haigh, Mr Jones

The team routinely work in collaboration with teaching staff, year leaders and the Safeguarding Team to ensure support is holistic.  

Sometimes students need help from outside agencies and Cardinal Newman will refer and/or work with a wide range of services and facilitate their interventions in school. These include:

  • Complex Communications Team
  • Sensory Support Service 
  • Educational Psychology
  • Occupational Therapy

Useful links 

Coventry SEND Local Offer

Use the following link to have greater detail on Cardinal Newman’s  SEND school offer


The following websites provide useful information to help with specific needs when moving to secondary school:


If your child has a diagnosis of ASD or ADHD or are on the pathway then social stories can be an excellent preparation tool, the following links contains a range of social stories that can be used to ease anxiety.