Whitby's Lane, Winsford, CW7 2LZ

Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs

All children need to feel safe and secure in the environment in which they learn, and at the Academy we work incredibly hard to make sure that every child achieves their best. We treat all children as individuals and make sure that their education is tailored to their needs. Our teachers are excellent and work extremely hard with all children in their care.

All schools have children who may require additional support at stages in their lives. This may be short term or longer term.


Our Special Educational Needs co-ordinator (SENCO) is Mrs Sam Mason.  If you would like to speak to her about your child, please arrange an appointment to see either via the school office 01606 800269 or via email sam.mason@oak-view-academy.co.uk

To find out more about how we address the needs and support pupils with special educational needs at Oak View Academy, please read the Oak View SEND Information Report and also look at the SEND Policy for Oak View Academy.

The Cheshire West and Chester Local Offer, outlines guidance regarding all services available to help families of children with special educational needs, can be found using the link www.livewellcheshirewestandchester.co.uk

Learning Mentor

To support the early identification and support of children experiencing barriers to accessing learning, we have the expertise of a learning mentor. Our school Learning Mentor is Mrs Liz Colenso. She has previously worked as a Speech Therapist Practitioner  in our school, and brings this expertise to the SEN team. Her experience is not limited to speech and language support, having attended extensive training and having a wide ranging knowledge about the impacts of social communication and interaction difficulties, poor processing and memory issues, dyslexia and dyspraxia on accessing learning.

Liz undertakes focused work towards meeting specific outcomes with individuals, takes small groups to develop skills in a social setting, and will observe and give support to teaching staff within the main classroom. Liz also works closely with teachers and parents to aid the management of behaviour and promote positive interactions and communication.

Liz has recently undergone lots of training related to parenting and runs the Triple P parenting course.  She works in a trauma informed way with children and families and provides additional support to parents.

If you wish to seek the support of Liz for your child’s needs or for support with parenting, please email her: liz.colenso@oak-view-academy.co.uk

Equal Opportunities

We are committed to the development of the whole person within a supportive, secure and creative environment through a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum which provides equal opportunity for all pupils to maximise their potential regardless of age, sexual orientation, transgender, race, colour, religion or disability. We endeavour to promote positive relationships with parents, governors and members of the wider community.

At our Academy we aim to promote equality and tackle any form of discrimination and actively promote harmonious relations in all areas of school life. We seek to remove any barriers to access, participation, progression, attainment and achievement. We take seriously our contribution towards community cohesion.