30 Shiphay Lane, Torquay TQ2 7DY
T: 01803 613215

Y7-11 Absence: 01803 653 750

South West Secondary
School of the Year 2019

30 Shiphay Lane, Torquay TQ2 7DY
E:   T: 01803 613215
Y7-11 Absence Line: 01803 653 750

South West Secondary School of the Year 2019



Our SEND team:

Zoe Beard (Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator – ‘SENDCo’) -

Liz McGarry (Assistant SENDCo) -

Fiona Collins (Teaching Assistant – ‘TA’) -

Antje Jaeger (Technical Teaching Assistant – ‘TTA’) -

Julie Winstanley (SEND Administrator) -

Elena Kiseleva - (Teaching Assistant - 'TA') -


SEND Provision at TGGS:

A pupil has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

They have a learning difficulty or disability if they have:

  • A significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
  • A disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools

Special educational provision is educational or training provision that is additional to, or different from, that made generally for other children or young people of the same age by mainstream schools.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the school SENDCo at the email address provided above. 


TGGS SEND Information, Plans and Policies: 

  • SEND Policy - You can view our full SEND Policy via our School Policies page by clicking HERE. 

  • SEND Procedures - Click HERE to view our current SEND Procedures.

  • SEND Information Report - For details of our provision please see our SEND Information Report (local offer) HERE.  

  • School Accessibility Plan - To see our School Accessibility Plan please click HERE

  • Our School policy on Word Processing in Examinations follows JCQ guidelines and can be found HERE.

  • SEND Governors Report - Click HERE to view our current Special Education Needs and Disabilities Governors Report. Please note that this is a draft copy and that further details of Progress 8 will be added in the near future.


SEND Local Information: 


Medical Conditions:

We require parents of ALL students with a medical condition (of any type) to provide information via the Electronic Pupil Registration Form. Please note it is parental responsibility to keep us updated with changes or new medical needs. This can be done through Parentlite for non emergency medical conditions. If you would like to inform us of any serious medical conditions please email your daughter's Head of Year and copy in (The SEND team would be grateful to receive any copies of additional medical evidence to support your daughters medical condition via email or post).

Please note you can phone the school at any point with emergency medical requirements - 01803 613215

You can view our Administration of Medicines policy via our School Policies page by clicking HERE.


SEND – Useful Links:

Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014.

Find support, guidance and information for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Devon’s SEND Local Offer is the education, health and social care services and support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from birth to 25.

The information contained within this section looks at indicators of specific learning difficulties, as well as supporting your child both at home and within the education system to ensure that they achieve the best possible outcomes.

On this page you will find information regarding: Visual Stress, Finding a specialist practitioner, Resources, Aids for visual stress, Further reading.

 Dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults.

What is dysgraphia? The subtypes of dysgraphia. The causes of dysgraphia. How to identify dysgraphia. How can dysgraphia be overcome?

Dyscalculia is usually perceived of as a specific learning difficulty for mathematics, or, more appropriately, arithmetic.

 Help and information for the one in six people in the UK who have some degree of hearing impairment or deafness.

Information on blindness and visual impairment and list of support organisations.

Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people and the world around them.

CLICK HERE for Autistic Spectrum Disorder Resources and Information.

Sixth Form university applications - You can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) to cover some of the extra costs you have because of a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability. You can get the allowances on top of your other student finance. You won’t need to repay DSAs.

NASEN is a charity organisation who have been operating since 1992. The organisation supports thousands of practitioners by providing relevant information, training and resources to enable staff to meet all pupils’ needs. Working with dedicated education professionals, NASEN aims to ensure that practice for special and additional needs is both effective and current.


Social, Emotional and Mental Health (‘SEMH’):

SEMH formally known as Behavioural, Emotional, Social Difficulties (‘BESD’) is dealt with by the Pastoral team of Head of Years and Assistant Head of Years at TGGS. Please find below some helpful links.


 Advice and tips for parents on talking to teenagers and getting them to open up about what's bothering them.

Gives information about where children and young people can get support with a mental health problem.



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