We do all we can to help each child fulfil their individual potential and were pleased that Ofsted commented on the exemplary work being undertaken by the school that allows students with special education needs to progress so well.

Special Educational Needs


The learning support department at The Arnewood School has earned a reputation for excellence. Staff have experience of a diverse range of additional needs and effective interventions to support learning. Classroom support is top quality and both teachers and teaching assistants have ongoing professional training enabling them to meet the needs of all learners.

Where learning can provide additional challenges it is through team work between families, staff and outside agencies that children are supported and are able to thrive. We work closely with a range of advisors and professionals who provide us with specialist advice to help young people maximise their development in school academically, socially and emotionally. As well as using the Success Maker program we routinely provide other numeracy and literacy support for students in Y7 and Y8 requiring help.  The Learning Support team administers an ELSA programme and a specialist member of staff is dedicated to working with children for whom English is an additional language (EAL).

What is the 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 Hampshire local offer can be found on this link:

Hampshire’s Local Offer for Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities

To view our SEND Information Report visit the Statutory Information page of the website.

To view or download our SEND policies visit the Policies page of the website.

If you would like to receive further information on any aspect of our provision for special needs students, then please contact Mrs Gemma Battrick-Mantell (SENCO) at the school.


Further Support


We also work in partnership with a number of external organisations to ensure our students are supported by the best resources:

• Hampshire SEN Service;
• Educational Psychologists;
• Hearing Impairment Specialist Advisor
• Visual impairment Specialist Advisor
• Physical disability Advisior
• Occupational Therapists
• Physiotherapists
• Bereavement Services
• Children’s Services
• Health Services – Diabetic Nurse; Asthma Nurse

Hampshire SENDIASS is an impartial advisory service who can provide support and information to parents and carers of children on the Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) register.  They aim to make a positive and lasting difference for SEND children and young people by providing timely confidential, impartial information, advice and support through their online resources, at events and workshops, via their helpline service and through individual casework.

If you would like to contact SENDIASS, their website address is:  or their telephone contact number is 0808 164 5504




  • What is SEND? Special Educational Needs and Disability.
  • What is an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan?

    An EHC Plan will replace current Statements of SEN and Learning Difficulty Assessments.

    The plan will be a legal document describing a young person’s needs, the provision to meet those needs and the suitable educational placement.

    Government has stated that the plan must be person centred, focusing on the needs and aspirations of the child.
    EHC Plans will continue into further education and training, and for some young people up to the age of 25.

    It is vital that young people and their parents and carers will be central to the development of these plans.