Axe Valley Academy

Special Educational Needs

Learning Support

At Axe Valley academy, all students are encouraged and supported to study to the best of their ability. We want all students to be able to experience a feeling of success and achievement. All teachers are required to develop and adapt strategies which allow them to respond to a wide range of student needs…

The performance of all students is monitored on a regular basis, both within departments and across all subjects. The Learning Support team liaise closely with the Pastoral team and Subject Departments and Heads of Year. Appropriate support is identified for specific learning needs.

Where a student’s learning requires a specific programme of support, parents are consulted. All students on the SEND register have a Learning passport (see exemplar below) which outlines their needs and  strategies which will be used to support them. Each student with an Education, Health and Care Plan has a programme devised in liaison with support services and parents and the programme is reviewed annually.

Our Special Educational Needs Policy and Information Report further outlines information with regards to implementation of our approach.

Access for disabled students

Most buildings have recently been adapted for wheelchair access and we welcome pupils with physical disabilities. The Accessibility Report is considered annually. The school is committed to equal access for all students. The Accessibility Plan is available in a printed format and can be downloaded in the links below.

Graduated approach to identification and support of students with S.E.N.D

Key Information for Parents and Carers

Further Information, Advice and Support

These are sources of information and support for parents/carers and students:

The Devon Local Offer

This gives children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their families information about what support services are available in the local area

Devon Information Advice and Support for SEND

DIAS provide a service for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, aged up to 25, and their parents or carers.  They give support around SEND issues at every stage of a child’s education, including into further education and adulthood. The service is impartial and confidential.

Support from the Communication and Interaction Team – Education and Families (


The autism educational trust –

National Autistic society – Guidance and helpline for parents and carers –

Resources – Children and Family Health (


British Dyslexia association – Guidance and helpline for parents and carers. The information contained within this section looks at indicators of specific learning difficulties, as well as supporting your child both at home and within the education system to ensure that they achieve the best possible outcomes.


The UK ADHD partnership –!.htm

The ADHD foundation –

Young Minds – Advice and support to parents of children with ADHD – YoungMinds | Mental Health Charity For Children And Young People | YoungMinds


Dyspraxia Foundation: Dyspraxia at a glance – Dyspraxia Foundation

Dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults.


The subtypes of dysgraphia. The causes of dysgraphia. How to identify dysgraphia. How can dysgraphia be overcome?

Hearing Impairment

Help and information for the one in six people in the UK who have some degree of hearing impairment or deafness.

British Deaf Association –

Visually impaired

Visual impairment / Disability:

Information on blindness and visual impairment and list of support organisations.

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.



Learning Support Team


Mr J Kyberd
Assistant Headteacher/SENDCo

Ms G Cooper
SENDCo – EHCP Specialist
Mrs T Tresserras
Assistant SENDCo
Mrs E Collins
Senior Learning
Support Co-ordinator

“I became the SENDCo at Axe Valley Academy in November 2019 and am thoroughly enjoying working in the secondary sector after a career as a primary SENDCo. I have also worked as an Early Years Advisory teacher for SEND and I am a qualified Teacher of the Deaf.  My job is so rewarding-I love seeing the students gain new skills and confidence with the targeted support that we can offer and feel very lucky to be working with such a dedicated and talented team of people.”

“I started working at Axe Valley Academy 21 years ago as a Teaching Assistant.  After gaining my Foundation Degree in Special Education I progressed to Assistant SENDCo.  One of the favourite aspects of my job is Transition, working with the primary schools ensuring students have a successful transition to secondary school, however seeing the next generation starting Axe Valley makes me feel somewhat old!”

“I have worked at Axe Valley Academy since October 2004. During my time I have gained responsibilities which include that of Examination Access Arrangements , Teaching Assistant coordinator and cover supervision.

The most rewarding part of my roles within Axe Valley Academy is working with the students, whether in the classroom setting or the Hub. Seeing students reach their potential both academically and personally, will always be the most important aspect of my roles within the school community”.

Mrs L George
Teaching Assistant
Ms J Govier
Teaching Assistant
Mrs M Stevens
Teaching Assistant

“I joined Axe Valley Academy in November 2020 after working as a lecture and NVQ assessor in further education.  I qualified as a teacher in 2008. I am also a qualified hairdresser and rugby coach. My job is incredibly rewarding and I am proud to be part of the Axe Valley community and be part of the students learning process. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family walking our dog, baking, crochet, reading and coaching rugby.”

“I joined Axe Valley Academy in September 2004. Initially, I was a teaching assistant working with students in the classroom. I then became interested in supporting learners with autism and speech, language, and communication needs and this became my specialism.

Currently, my role at Axe Valley Academy is supporting Year 11 in the Hub. This involves supporting with homework, revision and post-16 options.”

“I’ve been working at Axe Valley Academy since 1998 as a teaching assistant.

My first role was the reintegration of a student with autism into mainstream schooling after being home schooled.  Subsequently I specialised in hearing loss, working one to one with deaf students in all subjects and studied sign language to complement this role.  Then, after a spell supporting the English department, I became a general in-class TA and enjoy the variety this brings. My out of school life is spent sailing, walking, reading and socialising with family and friends.  I enjoy travelling too.”

Mr R Turner
Teaching Assistant
Mrs S Vickery
Teaching Assistant
Mr E Turner
Teaching Assistant

“I have been at Axe Valley Academy since June 2017. Since becoming a teaching assistant, in 2004, I have completed many courses including: Managing Challenging Behaviour; Dealing with Differences; Autism Awareness and Attachment Disorder. I have a diploma in the Art and Science of Neuro Linguistic Programming. English is my favourite subject and I dream of becoming an author one day! 



Handling Complaints

If you are a parent of a child with special educational needs and you have any concerns please do contact our SEND team who will be happy to help. For any complaints please follow the procedures outlined in the UAT complaints policy.