Welcome to details relating to the work of the Special Educational Needs Department at Meridian High School.

Meridian High school is committed to delivering a personalised education that ensures each student makes outstanding progress. For our SEND pupils, this involves supporting them in areas of their learning, emotional and/or social difficulties and medical or physical disabilities.

The linked pages offer an overview of the work of the department and of its staff.

Staff at Meridian High School work as a family to ensure that students’ needs are met in the mainstream classroom as much as possible. Staff in the SEND department work closely with teachers and other colleagues in all subjects to ensure that work set is adapted and appropriate. Staff are given strategies to support each individual student, providing materials and training to aid where necessary. Where more individualised support or teaching is required, this is usually led by an individual in the SEND department.

We also work closely with a range of professionals outside school to provide informed pastoral support and to support learning, based on students’ specific, individual needs.

Listening to children and young people, working with parents, and listening to their aspirations to achieve the most appropriate provision, is a key element in all our work.

If parents have concerns with their child’s support and academic progress, they are encouraged to talk, in the first instance to the child’s tutor and SENDCo.

SEND department for the mainstream school 2017/18

Ms. Sana Bokhari

SENDCo, Examination Concessions. Medical Conditions

Mrs Kay Ongley

Speech and Language qualified Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mr. Peter Nye

Learning Mentor

Mrs. Gayna Byrne

Teaching Assistant

Mr. Farhan Ghafoor

Learning Mentor

SEND department for the Enhanced Learning Provision (Spectrum ASD Centre) 2017/18

Mrs. Aimee McKay


Mrs Gina Patten

SEND Admin

Mr. Adrian Spriggs

ASD teacher

Ms. Dianne Leonards

ASD teacher

Mr. Barry Regelous

ASD teacher

Mr. David Greenidge

ASD Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Jacqui Wickham

ASD Teaching Assistant

Miss Amanda Rapley

ASD Teaching Assistant

Miss Lauren Porter

ASD Teaching Assistant

In line with the 2014 Department for Education Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice: 0-25 years, the following documents are available below for your reference: