Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) at Alder Bridge School

At Alder Bridge School we provide a caring, positive and supportive learning environment for all children. School staff know their pupils well and understand their individual needs; they cater for these accordingly. All children within the school have access to high quality teacher from both their Kindergarten/Class Teacher and Subject Teachers. To compliment this in the Lower School, we provide small group session and one to one interventions, led by qualified and trained Teaching Assistants (these are allocated according to severity of need and there may be a waiting list at times). We also provide whole class Teaching Assistant support during Main Lession and subject lessons for some of our classes. Our High Level Teaching Assistant teaches small group phonics/spelling sessions in the Lower School. In Kindergarten, the Teacher and Assistant work together to provide support where needed. Our SEND policy can be found here.

Useful SEND websites

All Local Authorities provide a Local Offer for children with additional needs and their families:

West Berkshire District Council https://directory.westberks.gov.uk/kb5/westberkshire/directory/localoffer.page?localofferchannel=0

Reading Borough Council https://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk/kb5/reading/directory/family.page?familychannel=3

Wokingham District Council https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/local-offer-for-0-25-year-olds-with-additonal-needs/

Hampshire County Council https://fish.hants.gov.uk/kb5/hampshire/directory/localoffer.page 

Oxfordshire County Council https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/children-education-and-families/education-and-learning/special-educational-needs-and-disability-local-offer

The four broad areas of need:

Communication and interaction



Cognition and learning


Social, emotional and mental health



Sensory and/or physical needs