SEND Information

Welcome from Penistone Grammar School SENCO Mrs Lynn Smith

At Penistone Grammar School, we aim to provide a secure and caring environment where we can meet the needs of every child. For the majority of children this is achieved through high quality, differentiated teaching in all areas of the curriculum. However, there are many students that, at various points in their school career, require further support and guidance from our Learning Support team. Our team work closely with students, parents, carers and teachers to provide support in all aspects of learning, in a variety of ways, to give all our students the same opportunity to succeed.

We value the support of parents and carers and while secondary school may feel very different to your child’s primary setting, we want to work collaboratively with you to ensure your children benefit from everything that Penistone has to offer and fulfil their potential.

Special Educational Needs General Information

If you would like to contact Mrs Smith and the SEN Team, please email us at

Penistone Grammar School is a fully inclusive school and we believe that all students should be valued and treated with respect. The school works within the framework provided by the SEN Code of Practice (2014) and the Disability Equality Act.

Our expectation for all our students is that they will make good to outstanding progress. We are committed to narrowing the attainment gap between students with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and those without, both in terms of within-school variation and variation from national expectations.

In terms of supporting students with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), a new plan has been introduced nationally called ‘The Birth to 25 Plan’. The plan aims to streamline and coordinate pre-school, primary, secondary and post-16 education under one umbrella to ensure that SEND support can be identified, monitored and met under a single category. The Birth to 25 Plan replaces the ‘Statement of Special Educational Need’ and for the first time provides specific reference to support at post-16.

Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy

For full details of how we support our SEND students at Penistone Grammar School please download our Special Educational Needs Policy available from our Policies page. Please click here to direct you to our Policies page.

Supporting Well-Being and Learning for Children and Young People with SEND: A Guide for Families

Please click the image below to view the full PDF document from Barnsley Education Inclusion Services and the Barnsley Educational, Child and Community Psychology Service.

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Supporting Wellbeing and Learning for Children and Young People with SEND: A Guide for Families

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