Special Educational Needs and Disability

SENCO: Mrs C Lawrence

Mrs Lawrence can be contacted at cle@hurworth.swiftacademies.org.uk or 07809 211562

Staff in the SEND Department support our students’ additional needs in a variety of ways. They may support students emotionally, physically or academically within their lessons; provide safe, supported socialising opportunities at break, lunch and after school; help to complete homework after school; provide 1:1 sessions to support academic or social progress; lead small groups in reading interventions; and run alternative morning registration groups to help students get ready for a successful day. Some teaching assistants provide alternative options at Key Stage 4 in addition to the general school offer.

Sometimes, it is necessary to refer a student to an outside agency, such as Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT) or CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). This would also be carried out by Mrs Lawrence or a member of the Student Support Team.

Further information can be found in the following SEND Information Report

SEND-Information-Report – Sept 2023

Meet the Teaching Assistants

Send Administrator: Mrs Whale CWE

cwe@hurworth.swiftacademies.org.uk 01325 720424


Mrs Helen O’Neill contact: transition.enquiries@hurworth.swiftacademies.org.uk

Transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is coordinated by Mrs O’Neill. Please contact Mrs O’Neill if you have any questions about the transition process; she will pass on your details to Mrs Lawrence if you need specific SEND advice.

Mrs O’Neill – Year 6 to 7 Transition and Literacy Specialist

Transition from Year 11 to Post-16 is coordinated by Miss Morton. She attends Year 11 reviews and ensures that Year 11 students with Special Educational Needs have the best chance of succeeding in their choice of Post-16 setting.

Mrs Morton Assistant SENCo Transition Year 11 to Post-16

Useful Links

Darlington Borough Council’s Local offer
Darlington Borough Council’s Families Information Team
Accessibility Plan