Special Education Needs and Disabilities Faculty (SEND)

Welcome to the Special Education Needs and Disabilities Faculty at Shevington High School. This faculty provides support to students with a wide range of individual learning, social and emotional needs.

Our SENCO is Mrs L Hawthornthwaite.

The SEND Faculty ensures the delivery Shevington High School’s vision of entitlement and equality for all our young people, regardless of any learning needs and disabilities.
We embrace working together as a school, alongside parents and other agencies to support each pupil to ultimate success and personal achievement, so they are ready to be valued and inspiring citizens in our modern society.
Shevington High School has a personalised approach to each young person in our school community. We are committed to nurturing and supporting our pupils to be ambitious, creative and resilient learners. In order to achieve this aim, we have a large team of professionals who work in a variety of roles to enhance the learning experiences of our pupils. We also recognise the importance of working with parent and carers to provide the best support for pupils. We are soon to launch a weekly Monday morning ‘Drop in,’ where parents can come into school to discuss the individual needs of their child. Where necessary, we also access a wide range of services outside of school if further specialised support is needed.

Year 7

A dedicated Helping Learners to Achieve (HLTA) professional works with pupils in their primary setting in order to plan and deliver a seamless learning experience once they move to Shevington. We work hard to build on the support that pupils have received at KS2 when they arrive in Year 7. As well as this, our Faculty Intervention Team provide support in specific subject areas to help every child succeed.

Year 8 and 9

As pupils move through school, Year 8 and Year 9 pupils also have a dedicated HLTA professional who will provide targeted support to those pupils who may not have quite made the expected progress in relation to their age and will benefit from additional support. This is in addition to the support provided within curriculum areas.

Year 10 and 11

In Year 10 and Year 11 pupils are supported largely through the Faculty Intervention Team and Learning Mentors who will support pupils with particular curriculum expertise specific to their GCSE study.

Nurture Support

In addition to all of this support, our Nurture Support Team, provide additional expertise for pupils with more complex needs which may include social, emotional or behavioural support as well as learning. The school has a dedicated support base for this team and has been recognised nationally for the quality of innovative Nurture Support at Secondary level. This support is available to pupils in all years.
Our provision for Special Educational Needs and Disability is constantly evolving as we respond to national changes in the reform of special needs provision and as we work as a team to provide the most effective support for the changing needs of all of our pupils.


Wigan Local Offer

Wigan Local Offer provides information of services which could support children and young people with SEN:

Wigan Council’s Local Offer is available here:



The Autism Pathway and Service work with schools, teachers and parents to help support children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), you will find further information at the link below:
Or if you prefer to speak to someone please call Wigan SENDS team on 01942 486136