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 and Disability co-ordinator (SENCO) is Mrs Liana Atherton who is also a teacher in Hawthorn class.  If you would like to speak to her about your child, please arrange an appointment to see her via the school office 01606 288118 or via email liana.atherton@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.

Oak View SEND Information report Sept 2020/21

Oak View Academy SEND Policy Sept 2020/21

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.westcheshirelocaloffer.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 for the last 2 years as a Speech Therapist Practitioner  in our school, and will be bringing 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.

If you wish to seek the support of Liz for your child’s needs, please first approach your child’s class teacher to discuss any initial concerns. The member of staff will then be able to discuss these concerns with Charlotte Alford (SENCO) who will prioritise whether it would be beneficial for Liz to become involved.

Wellbeing & Emotional Support

Children’s Advocate

Our children’s advocate is Mrs Gill Bond. She is in school every day and works with individual children and groups, whilst also offering an on-going drop-in service for children to gain support where needed.

If you would like to discuss your child’s needs with our children’s advocate please do not hesitate to contact the school office, Miss Richardson at amy.richardson@oak-view-academy.co.uk  or Mrs Bond directly at gill.bond@oak-view-academy.co.uk to discuss your child’s needs further.

ELSA – Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

‘Developing children as rounded people and active members of the community is at the heart of what schools are about.’

Children learn more effectively if they are happy in their work, believe in themselves like their teachers, and feel school is supporting them.

Our school ELSA is Mrs Rachel Nash. She offers Emotional Literacy Support through a planned program of intervention to children identified throughout the school week.

Mrs Rachel Nash – ELSA

If you feel that your child would benefit from some emotional literacy support, please do not hesitate to approach your child’s class teacher, or contact Mrs Alford, our Deputy Headteacher via the school office or email: charlotte.alford@oak-view-academy.co.uk

All cases will be considered and carefully prioritised according to the whole school overview.

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.