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Supporting our SEND students

Staff at Castle Donington College acknowledge that some of our students may have specific needs that could affect their progress and/or social and emotional needs. Pupils may require provision that is additional to/or different from that made generally for peers of the same age. This means provision that goes beyond the typical adaptions to learning as part of high-quality teaching. We aim to support all students to achieve their potential and have a committed team of teachers and Learning Support Assistants who are trained to support students across the college, along with a dedicated and purposely designed Hub hosting a range of academic and social interventions throughout the day.

Staff at Castle Donington College aim to support students with special educational needs by seeking to remove barriers to participation and learning as well as ensuring access to an engaging and appropriate education. We work collaboratively with outside agencies to gather specialist advice and access provision that supports high-quality teaching and learning.

To ensure students on the SEND register have a smooth and less overwhelming transition from primary to secondary school, we work closely with our feeder primary schools to understand students’ needs and also offer additional transition visits and support if required.

What is the Local Offer?

In September 2014, the government made changes to the way that children and young people aged 0 to 25, with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are supported. This included making Local Authorities produce a ‘SEND Local Offer’.

The SEND Local Offer aims to bring together helpful and useful information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families. It is a comprehensive guide to services and support.

Leicestershire County Council Local Offer

Nottingham City Local Offer

Derbyshire County Council Local Offer

Policies and reports

You can find our SEND policy and SEND report on our ‘Parents/Carer’s guide to SEN at CDC’ Padlet alongside a range of top tips and resources. Parents/carer's guide to SEN at CDC (

Key contacts

Alex Mauger & Helen Bray, both qualified SENDCos, are currently supporting Castle Donington College with SEN. They can be contacted on 01332 810528 or by emailing

Pupil Padlet