The School of Individual Development includes provision for students with SEND. 

The SEND Department has extensive experience and expertise in supporting children who may face barriers to their learning through difficulties in: 

  • Cognition and Learning 
  • Communication and Interaction 
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs 
  • Sensory and/or Physical Needs 

The faculty consists of the SENDCo, Deputy SENCo, SEN Manager, and a team of Learning Support Assistants (LSAs). The LSAs provide both in-class support and deliver individual and small group interventions in a SEN intervention room. 

A Resource Base for students with Sensory Impairments is also based at FHS. This is where students receive support from LSAs, Teachers of the Deaf, and Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired. 

The SEND Department has excellent links with external agencies to support students at FHS. We liaise closely with local services providing Educational Psychology, Sensory Support, Communication and Social Interaction support, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Health Professionals. 

We are made aware of students’ needs through close links with Primary schools on students’ transition to FHS and through the strong links we build with families and carers. The Department of Individual Development also operates a referral process that allows FHS staff, students or parents and carers to refer students for further support. 

For more information, please contact SENDCo and Director of Individual Development, Ms Smee: [email protected]. 

Families can also book a scheduled call with the SEND Team (Ms Smee and Mrs Kelly) – please book via here. 

Bristol’s Local Offer website contains information about SEND provision across the city. It has information for parents and families about a wide range of services that can provide valuable information and support on a range of subjects, from short breaks to accessing additional funding. It also lists a range of agencies and services which may be able to provide parents with additional advice and support. 

Supportive Parents ( provide Bristol’s Independent Advice and Support Service. 

They can be contacted directly by parents from 9:30-4:30 every day, including holidays and provide face to face and helpline service. 

SEN Transition

Our Individual Development Department support our new Year 7 SEN students by collecting information from both primaries, parents, and students. This information contributes to each student’s individualised SEN learning profile passport. The Individual Development Department will reach out and begin the transition process in Term 5. For any additional queries please contact Mrs Kelly: [email protected] 

SEND: Bristol’s Written Statement of Action (WSOA) and the Ofsted/CQC approval letter

Message from Bristol City Council: Please find attached the final version of Bristol’s Written Statement of Action (WSOA), and the Ofsted/CQC approval letter for your information. The Written Statement of Action is our response to the Ofsted/Care Quality Commission (CQC) Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) inspection which took place in our local area at the end of last year. It is a transparent, formal framework for improving SEND provision which has been developed with a number of partners and incorporates the views of parents and carers. 

Ofsted require that the Written Statement of Action must be published on local websites, so that parents, carers, children and young people can understand the actions we are taking to improve the effectiveness of the local area in identifying and meeting needs and improving outcomes for children and young people who have SEND.  See: