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At Graham School we believe:

All children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they:
  • Achieve their best
  • Become confident individuals living fulfilling lives, and
  • Make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training.’
SEND Code of Practice 2015, page 92.
At Graham School the great majority of students will learn and progress well within the mainstream curriculum. Those who do not may have special or additional educational needs that need to be addressed.

There are four broad areas of SEN need as outlined in the SEND Code of Practice 2015, these include: Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health and Sensory and/ or Physical.

Mrs Quinn, SENCO and Mrs Barrie, Assistant SENCO, work closely with feeder primary schools. This ensures that we are aware of the special needs of all our students before they come to us, and that they are entered onto the appropriate stage of the SEND register, following inter-school liaison.

For students who have special needs most of their learning will take place in the mainstream classroom with a subject teacher, who will provide work at the student's level. Teaching Assistants are also available to support the learning of students based on individual needs. Sometimes a small group will be withdrawn from a lesson for specialist intervention.

We have a dedicated team of staff across both sites to support a range of vulnerable students.

For additional information please see the documents: SEND Code of Practice, Graham School SEND Policy and Graham School SEN Information Report.

You may also wish to speak to the following staff who will be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding SEN:

  • The Assistant Headteacher for Access and Inclusion is Mr Graeme Peattie.
  • The Special Educational needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Mrs Yvonne Quinn
  • The Assistant SENCO is Mrs Amanda Barrie.
  • The SEND Governor is Mrs Honor Byford.

Disability Access Policy

We recognise that many of our students, visitors and staff, whether disabled or otherwise, have individual needs when seeking to make use of the school and its facilities. However, we also recognise the fact that, for some users, the nature of their disabilities may mean that some may experience specific difficulties related to accessing education at the school and the physical environment.

As part of its ongoing commitment to Equal Opportunities and the delivery of an inclusive educational service we will endeavour to ensure that disabled people receive the same standards of service as everyone else. In order to ensure that the services it provides effectively meet the needs of disabled customers, we have made reasonable adjustments to enable disabled people to use our services.


Enhanced Mainstream School

In January 2010 Graham School became an Enhanced Mainstream School (EMS) for children with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) this includes Dyslexia, Developmental Co-ordination Difficulties (DCD) and Dyscalculia. This provision is led by the Teacher in Charge, Janet Pasley and her team. Their role is to provide outreach support to 47 Primary Schools, 8 Secondary Schools and 3 Specialists Schools for children with Specific Learning Difficulties in the designated areas of Whitby, Scarborough and Filey, and also to give support and advice within Graham School.


What are people saying about Graham School?

"Pupils are kept safe. Their personal development and welfare is promoted extremely well. The most vulnerable pupils are particularly well cared for."

Ofsted, November 2015