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SEN & Disability

We aim to:

  • Develop lively, enquiring minds, together with a willingness to ask questions

  • Gain knowledge, skills and understanding appropriate to a fast-changing world, so that we may be self-reliant and adaptable

  • Grow in confidence and independence and to experience the value of co-operation

  • Understand the feelings of others, to respect their values and to consider thoughtfully our own attitudes, values and beliefs

  • Develop an understanding of our national heritage and an appreciation for other cultures

  • Achieve our true potential and take pride in achievement while taking pleasure in the achievements of others

  • Interact with and take our place in the wider community

  • Treat all members of the community with respect, uphold the principles of equality in terms of race, gender, disability and sexuality.



Language Support Centre for Developmental Language Disorder KS3/4 (Years 7 to 11)

The Key Stage 3/4 Language Support Centre is designated for children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) as their primary need. All students require an Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan, to be considered at the Local Authority Panel for admission. They can be referred by their Speech and Language Therapist and Educational Psychologist. The Local Authority funds 10 places in the Key Stage 3/4 Language Support Centre at Tor Bridge High.

The centre delivers an individualised curriculum which includes:

  • Inclusion in mainstream classes with specialist Teaching Assistants

  • Individual, pair or small group specialist teaching by highly trained, Elklan qualified, staff

  • Regular intervention from the Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

  • Frequent advice/input from the Educational Psychologist

  • Targeted social skills training and robust pastoral support (social and emotional)

  • Support and advice for parents, accompanied by termly coffee mornings

  • High level of teaching assistant/student ratio

  • Students flourish in this nurturing environment where they are confronted with the demands of the secondary curriculum and the onset of adolescence. Core subject results indicate that they reach or exceed their potential.


Tor Bridge High has followed the ‘Ican Secondary Talk’ and were accredited Universal Level in 2011. They were also awarded ‘The Shine a Light award’ in 2017 by the Communication Trust. There is a whole school approach to DLD and in-house training is provided by the coordinator to all teaching staff.


Contact details

Ruth Golding, Acting SENDCo

Lauren Ford, Deputy Lead of Inclusion

Marina Breed, Language Support Centre Coordinator, Telephone: 01752 207907

Amanda Cretch - SEMH Lead

Hayley Gardner - Learning Support Teacher

Availability: Referral required

SEN Team

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