Students with Additional Needs

The work of the department is founded in the principles which derive from the school’s Christian ethos and educational values.

The Learning Support Department supports students who experience barriers to learning and have difficulty accessing the curriculum. The department works closely with pastoral and subject staff, and with parents, to ensure that the students’ individual needs are met. The majority of support is provided ‘in-class’, for both students and teachers, although individual intervention programmes are also accessed by students.

The department is staffed by a team of highly experienced teachers, Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) and Teaching Assistants (TAs) with a variety of graduate and post graduate qualifications and expertise.  Colleagues offer skills in teaching, literacy, numeracy, nursing, counselling and in subject specialisms. A comprehensive programme of extra-curricular support activities are offered to boost individual students’ academic independence. A number of visiting experts also support the work of the department including educational psychologists, speech and language therapists and professionals from Young Peoples’ Services.

The department has a 15 place Autism Resource Base, which the Education Authority has responsibility for allocating students to.

SEND Information

Since 1st September 2014 there have been new duties with regards to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The Catholic High School, Chester remains committed to being an inclusive, mainstream secondary school as part of Cheshire West and Cheshire Local Authority.  We will be working with young people, parents/carers and other agencies over the coming year to ensure all policies and practices keep the young person central to decision making and that we support the best possible preparation for adulthood.

For more information please contact Mrs Jo Wraige (SENCO) The Catholic High School Chester, CH4 7HS - telephone number 01244 981600 

Government guidance for schools during Covid-19

SEND Information Report - Covid-19 January update

SEND Information Report

SEND Policy

SEND Provision Map

SEND Code of Practice

Trinity - Inclusion Resource Base

Independent Travel Training

You can find information about local services, support, activities and events for residents in Cheshire West including children who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), young people, families and adults.  Cheshire West and Chester’s Live Well directory can be accessed here