At Archbishop Holgate’s School we are committed to ensuring that every child has every opportunity to flourish, grow in confidence and make the most of their individual gifts and talents.  We recognise that every child is unique and different and that for some children they need extra support.  We are committed to ensure that all students in the school, receive the support and challenge they require to do their very best.

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”

Who is our SENDCO and what is their role?

A SENDCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) is a teacher who coordinates the provision for children with special educational needs or disabilities in schools.

The role of the SENDCO is as the expert in the school on all Special Educational Needs.   They will not be directly involved with every child with SEND, but will coordinate the interventions and advice the Pastoral Team on how best to support every child.

The SENDCO will lead on all students with an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP).

Our SENDCO is Miss Meg Holmes.  She also teaches RE.   You can contact Miss Holmes:

What do I do if I believe my child has a Special Educational Need?

  1. CLICK HERE and read an overview of SEND provision at Archbishop Holgate’s School.
  2. Find out more information on the specific need of your child by choosing from the links below:
Overview of SEND provision at AHS

Frequently asked questions

How will I be informed about my child’s progress?

All student’s progress is monitored, tracked and reported back to parents regularly throughout the year. This will take the form of interim reports, full reports, progress reviews with form tutors and parent’s evenings. You will also receive regular progress reports through the marking of your child’s work. Any concerns will be reported through the form tutor, class teacher via the school planner.

In addition to this some students with SEND will have an Individual Support Plan (ISP) or a School Support Plan (SSP) with personalised targets. These targets will be set and reviewed with either the SENDCo or  HoY in discussion with the student and/or parents and carers.

Students with a Statement or Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) will have an annual review meeting which you will be invited to attend and contribute to.

How will you gather information about my child’s SEND from their primary or other secondary school?

The SENDCo will contact all primary schools in Year 6 and will gather information on all students on the SEND register who will be attending Archbishop Holgate’s School. If your child has a Statement or EHCP and has named Archbishop Holgate’s as their school of choice the SENDCo will attend the Year 6 review(s).

Our SENDCo is available to meet with parents at a mutually convenient time to discuss individual students and discuss provision.

Any parent/carer of SEND students joining us Post 16 is welcome to contact the SENDCo to discuss provision in the Sixth Form. Those students joining the Work Skills Course will be able to meet with Mrs Dobson (Head of Work skills) to discuss provision and will also have Mrs Dobson and/or Miss Holmes attend their Year 11 review meeting.

How will information about my child be shared with staff in school?

A register is compiled of all those pupils who have SEND and distributed to all staff at the start of the academic year. This is updated regularly and all staff notified electronically of any changes. The SEND register also links to strategies to help a student and any ‘My Support Plans’ or EHCP/Statements. All markbooks include SEND information so that teaching staff are fully aware that a student has some additional needs or a disability.

In addition, some students have an individual pen portrait which is distributed to staff. This is devised in consultation with specialist teachers or health care professionals and parents/carers and approved prior to being shared with staff.

How do you monitor my child’s needs and progress in school?

Whole school markbook tracking shows a clear picture of student’s progress towards a given target. Class teachers have overall responsibility for the progress of a student within their class. Any student not making appropriate progress will be identified and targeted for intervention by the teacher and if necessary input by the Learning Support Department. The SENDCo also monitors SEND students interim and full report data throughout the academic year.

How will my child get support for their emotional and/or social needs?

At Archbishop Holgate’s we endeavour to support all students in their emotional and social development. Our school values and support systems in place mean that we providing a caring and nurturing environment for all students. The Inclusion Centre is available from 7.45am to 3.10pm each day for those students who need to access it for support.

What should I do if I have any questions about what is offered with regards to my child?

If you need advice or have concerns you should initially contact the SENDCo, Miss Holmes, who will try to resolve any difficulties. If you require further assistance you should request an appointment to discuss the problem with Mr Furniss, Deputy Headteacher. If you feel the matter is still unresolved you should seek a meeting with the Headteacher, Mr Daly. Further to this, a complaint should be made to the Chair of Governors.


York SENDIASS offers impartial advice, information and support for parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities. They are able to help with any concerns that may still arise after any intervention or effort made by the school. In addition an appeal can be made to the Special Educational Needs tribunal, which is an independent body that hears parents’ appeals against LA decisions on statutory assessments, statements and EHCP’s.

Where can I find information about what the local authority has to offer?

York’s local offer website enables parents and young people to see what SEND services are available in their area and how to access them, visit their website for more information

Overview of SEND provision at AHS