“At Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School we believe that young people have a right to be involved in making decisions and exercising choices.”

At Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School (CCGS) we aim to support all categories of SEN & D and we have a proven track record of SEN & D students achieving as much or more progress than other students in the school.

The department offers expertise in supporting students diagnosed within the four categories of SEN & D as defined in the Code of Practice (2015), namely:

  • Communication & Interaction – this includes speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) including Asperger Syndrome
  • Cognition & Learning including Specific learning difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH) – this can range from withdrawal and isolation to challenging or disruptive behaviour, anxiety and depression and other mental health issues and disorders such as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder or attachment disorder
  • Sensory & Physical needs – vision impairment (VI), hearing impairment (HI) or multisensory impairment (MSI) and physical disability (PI).

The SEN & D Department at CCGS operates throughout the Key Stages and across all sites and is currently managed by Mrs Sarah Fowles, who is also a Geography teacher. She has completed the NASENCo accreditation and is also a qualified assessor for exam access arrangements Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET). We have an office and student support rooms at both the Chatham and Clarendon sites and currently have a support team of two full-time Learning Mentors, two part-time Teaching Assistants on the Chatham House site and three full-time Learning Mentors on the Clarendon House site. In addition, the school has a SENDCo Assistant and a full-time member of staff working 1:1 with a student.  Student counselling and external agency support such as Porchlight, Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners and counsellors can be accessed via the pastoral team including the Senior Tutors and Heads of House. Sixth form students are able to access support through both offices as well as through the Sixth Form Team.

Our Special Educational Needs & Disability Coordinator is Mrs Sarah Fowles who can be contacted at sfowles@ccgrammarschool.co.uk or on 01843 591075.

CCGS SEND Information Report September 2023


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SEND Local Offer

Every local authority must publish a Local Offer. The SEND Local Offer tells you what support is available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, and their families. It should include information about education, health and care provision.

The Kent local offer can be found at www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs



Information Advice Support Kent (IASK) give free impartial information, advice and support about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) for children, young people up to the age of 25, parents and carers.

Helpline: 03000 41 3000 open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Email: iask@kent.gov.uk

Address: Shepway Centre, Oxford Road, Maidstone, ME15 8AW

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