Learning Support Department


At Serlby Park Academy, we aim to provide every child with access to a broad and balanced education.  This includes the National Curriculum in line with the Special Educational Needs & Disability Code of Practice.  We know that many pupils will have special educational needs at some time in their school life but with the correct support and intervention all pupils are able to experience and enjoy positive achievement.

Most children find that they can progress with the help of their subject teachers and tutor, but some may need extra support.


The Learning Support Department is a team of staff who specialise in helping and supporting students when required, led by Karen Firth (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator for Secondary and Jan Smith for Primary). who is responsible for co-ordinating provision for all pupils with special education needs.

Teaching Assistants (Secondary)

Mrs Adair (Classroom Learning Assistant)

Miss Askham (Literacy Intervention, Nurture Group)

Mrs Cave (Technology Support)

Mr Dickenson (Science Specialist)

Mrs Jarvis (Numeracy Interventions) - Secondary & Primary

Mr Senior (Classroom Learning Assistant) (PE Support) - Secondary & Primary

Mr Smith (Classroom Learning Assistant)

Mrs Wright (Classroom Learning Assistant) Secondary & Primary

Mrs McNicholas (Bridge Support)


Primary Teaching Assistants

Mrs S Allen (HLTA) - LKS2

Mrs J Bailey - LKS2

Mrs L Burgess - EYFS

Mrs T Caswell - LKS2

Mrs L Cawston - (HLTA) 

Miss S Chester - EYFS

Miss L Collinson - UKS2

Mrs C Dudley - KS1

Miss E Fincher - KS1

Mrs D Fricker - KS1

Mrs J Knight - UKS2

Mrs K Milford - KS1

Mrs J Millns - EYFS

Mrs J Peel - UKS2/Library

Mrs L Richardson - KS1

Mrs B Stanyard - UKS2

Miss P Hindson LKS2

Ms S Coulson (Hearing and Impairment Specialist)


How do we Support Pupils?

Please refer to the SEN policy.

How do we find out who has Special   Education Needs?

We are provided with detailed information from primary schools which helps us to identify all pupils with Special Needs. We are aware that children have changing needs and recognise that pupils might be referred in various ways, for example:

  • Parents may contact school with a concern
  • Students may contact a member of staff
  • A tutor or subject teacher may contact Learning Support staff
  • The school doctor or other specialist may contact the school

Resource Links


Help for Parents


Parent     Partnership


Resource for parents


Help Groups and Societies


National     Autistic Society


Information and advice


Nottingham Regional Society for Autistic Children and     Adults


Information and advice


Dyspraxia Foundation


Information and advice


Dyspraxia     Connexion


Information and advice


Nottinghamshire     Dyslexia Association


Information and advice

Extra Links