Special Educational Needs


Fitzharrys is proud to be a fully inclusive school, valuing and celebrating the diversity of all our young people. We aim to enable every student to flourish and achieve their full potential. To this end, we have successfully developed cultures, policies and practices that include all learners.

An individual’s learning needs are identified as part of our robust monitoring procedures, involving close partnership work with parents and carers. We then provide teaching and learning contexts to meet these needs, mainly within the whole class environment. To ensure the effectiveness of our work, each member of staff is given training and support in order to deliver personalised learning to each child. Teaching Assistants support in subject lessons, nurturing the confidence, curiosity and independence of our students alongside their skills in the curriculum. We also work closely with a number of outside agencies, including the Educational Psychologists, communication and interaction team and other specialist consultants to ensure the needs of every student are met.

Where appropriate, we withdraw children for time limited periods to deliver targeted support and personalised interventions. We are proud of our reputation for new and innovative approaches that help to create happy and high-achieving young people. Students with learning differences have a welcoming base in the Learning Support Department, with a large dedicated classroom, a suite of smaller rooms and a special quiet zone. We have also invested in some exciting new technology to support students and their progress, building on our very successful interventions.

We often meet our students when they are still in Years 5 and 6 because we think that having links with Primary schools are really useful in helping us to know and understand our students and to make sure that we are best prepared to meet their needs. This support and induction is a great success in building the confidence that our children need to feel secure and to thrive.

We welcome all learners to Fitzharrys and are very proud of the achievement and enjoyment our students gain with us and how we prepare them for their futures. The school has made adaptations to the site to improve access, e.g. installation of automatic doors, new toilet facilities and ramps to ensure that all are comfortable and safe in our school.

Students with SEN do very well at Fitzharrys, and their exam results show that their time at school really adds value. The Governors receive monitoring reports, and a Governor has particular responsibility for monitoring SEN. A copy of the full SEN Policy is available on request from the school office or on our website. For further information please contact: Mrs J Smith – SENCo.

Communication and Interaction Resource Base at Fitzharrys School

Communication and interaction resource bases are part of the continuum of Local Authority provision to meet the needs of children and young people with language, communication and interaction challenges.

The Resource Base at Fitzharrys provides places for up to 12 students, all of whom have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education and Health Care Plan. Admission to the Resource Base is administered and determined by the Local authority.

For further information please contact Resource Base Coordinator Jon Earney on 01235 535542.



Mrs J Smith  - SENCo

Specific Learning Difficulties Co-ordinator:
Mrs H Letourneau-Edwards
Learning Support Assistants:
Miss P Breedon
Ms R Gallagher    
Miss R Passmore
Mr C Searby             

useful links

To view the most recent Fitzharrys School SEN Report - please click here. (The SEN report is updated every year in term 2).

Important information about the Oxfordshire County Council Local Offer for SEN and disability. Click here

A wide range of very useful websites for parents of children with SEN. Click here