Key Information

SEND Information


Supporting Students with SEND and Medical Needs

We offer a supportive learning environment for our students who may have special educational needs or a disability

Our Aims

Our aim is for every student to be happy at DGSB and to achieve his or her full potential. 

We work within the guidance provided in the SEND Code of Practice 2015, liaising regularly with parents/carers and other professionals as necessary to ensure that each student’s needs are met. We do this by:

- Identifying, providing, reviewing and evaluating effectiveness of provisions for all students with SEND and medical needs to enable them to access the curriculum that is appropriate to their age group

- Identifying the SEND and medical needs of students joining the school and planning appropriately for those students’ needs

- Being alert to the needs of all students who may develop SEND, and to adapt to meet their needs

- Operating a “whole student, whole school” holistic approach to the management and provision of support for students with SEND and medical needs

- Ensuring that staff are aware of the needs of students identified as having SEND and medical needs and providing relevant support and advice- Regular assessment of student progress

- Building & maintaining a partnership with parents and students to ensure support is appropriate to individual needs in order for progress to be made

- Working with appropriate external agencies to provide individualised strategies, resources and support.

How are our students supported?

Most support takes place within lessons where we focus on quality first teaching. Some students may need additional active support and this may include:

- Literacy support - including students who have English as an Additional Language

- Education Health Care Plans where there are physical or medical needs

- Applications for Higher Needs Funding (HNF) where appropriate

- Through Provision Mapping and Provision Plans for students identified as receiving SEND or Teacher Support

- Specialist support where appropriate by Teaching Assistants and Higher Level Teaching Assistants, form tutors, Directors of Key Stage, SENCO, school nurses, Careers advisor, school counsellor, peer mentors and other external agencies.

Key Documents

SEND Information Report 2023-24

SEND Policy

KCC SEND Strategy

The Local Offer


A member of staff from DGSB will visit all feeder primary schools in Terms five and six to meet the students and their staff.

We also meet every student and their parents/carers for individual meetings in the summer term, and any additional needs can be discussed. This could include physical, learning, sensory or emotional needs. We like to know if English is an additional language (EAL) for students too.

Sometimes it is appropriate for prospective students to visit DGSB on more than one occasion in Term six, or for a parent/carer transition meeting to take place, to enable a smooth transition at the beginning of Year 7. We operate SNAP days for this purpose.

All new students attend the Transition Day in Term six, where they will get an introduction to school life at DGSB and also get opportunity to meet their new tutor group and their form tutor.