SEN and Disabilities

Beliefs & Values

At Rivington and Blackrod High School we want every young person to succeed, knowing and feeling that they matter. We provide the very best care, guidance and support to ensure that they feel safe and can grow as successful learners and caring citizens. We empower all students to manage and direct their own learning, and work towards their future careers and aspirations.

As a school we are committed to the inclusion of all students by providing a broad and balanced curriculum, made accessible through differentiated activities. The needs of a significant minority of the students require consideration beyond that given to other students (a Special Educational Need). We aim to identify these needs as they arise and provide teaching and learning contexts, which enable every child to achieve his or her full potential.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I think my child has a Special Educational Need or Disability?

If you would like to discuss your concerns with the Inclusion SENCO (Mrs J Rawlings), please call (01204) 333266 for an informal chat. For learning needs, you would need to raise this with school so that they can monitor your child’s progress and intervene accordingly. If you have any health, communication or emotional concerns, it is recommended that you also contact your GP.

How will I know how my child is doing in school?

Students and parents are regularly kept informed by a variety of means, e.g. personal contact, subject teacher reports via SIMS learning Gateway, parents’ evenings, setting of targets and strategies, provision review.

Individual multi-agency meetings are organised as appropriate and all concerned individuals and agencies will be invited to attend. Parents and students are always informed of the ‘points for action’ and any decisions made during the meeting. Parents/carers are always involved at all stages of the SEN planning process.

What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?

As part of the liaison with feeder primary schools, identified Year 6 students are given an opportunity to experience and become familiar with Rivington and Blackrod High School prior to transfer through a series of individual or small group visits during the summer term prior to entry.

Upon entry, each student who has a statement or an EHC plan including those students accessing specialist provisions full time, have a direct access to a key worker; who mentors and provides pastoral/wellbeing support liaising with home on a regular basis.

How will I be involved in discussions about, planning for, and involvement in my child’s education?

The school works closely with parents to support their children with special educational needs. At Rivington and Blackrod High School we encourage an active partnership through an ongoing dialogue with parents. Parents are always contacted if assessment or referrals indicate that a young person has additional learning needs. The parents are spoken to and consulted along with the student with respect to background history, current and future needs and aspirations.

How does the school involve children and young people in their education and in the decision making process?

All students at Rivington and Blackrod have a right to express an opinion and to have that opinion taken into account in any matters affecting them from the time that they start at the school. Their views will be given due weight according to their age, maturity and capability.

Who, outside of school, can I turn to for advice and support?

  • Ladywood Outreach, Ladywood School, Masefield Road, Bolton BL3 1NG Tel; 01204 333400
  • Educational Psychology Service, Children’s Services Department, Paderborn House, Civic Centre, Bolton, BL1 1UA
  • CAMHS, Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton. BL4 0JR Tel: 01204 390659
  • Behaviour Support Service, 98 Waters Meeting Rd, Bolton, Lancashire BL1 8SW Tel:01204 338133
  • Sensory Support, Thomasson Memorial School, Devonshire Road, Bolton BL1 4PJ Tel: 01204 333118
  • Physiotherapist, Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton, Lancashire, BL4 0JR Telephone: 01204 390390
  • Occupational Therapist, Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton, Lancashire, BL4 0JR Telephone: 01204 390390
  • Disabled Living, Pikes Lane Health Centre, Address: Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5HP Telephone: 01204 463700 -SENCATT, email
  • School Counsellor, Head Office, Cathedral Centre, Salford
  • Speech and Language Therapy Service, Breightmet Health Centre, Breightmet Fold Lane, Bolton BL2 6NT Tel: 01204 462670
  • Bolton Information and Advisory Service, Lowndes Street, Bolton, BL1 4QB Telephone 01204 848722

Where can I find information about Local Authority provision for children and young people with SEN?

Website: – Schools and children – Special Educational Needs

How should complaints regarding SEN provision be made and how will they be dealt with?

Staff and governors of Rivington and Blackrod High School wish to work co-operatively with parents and other members of the community to ensure the school provides a high quality of service. As a consequence, we are very keen that any initial concerns are brought to our attention so that they can be dealt with quickly and effectively. Our complaints procedure is available on our school website ( or telephone the school to request a copy.

How do I get a copy of the school SEN policy?

The SEN/D policy will be available both on the website or directly from school.

A Graduated Approach to SEN Provision

Waves of Intervention

At Rivington and Blackrod High School we follow the new SEN Code of Practice 2014 and this advocates a graduated response to meeting students ‘needs. When responding to additional educational needs, the initial use of classroom and school resources are implemented before bringing any specialist expertise to assess the difficulties that a student is experiencing. When a student is identified as having additional needs, the school will intervene.

Graduated staged approach to meeting all students ‘needs:

  • WAVE 1: Universal lesson provision- subject teachers level effective inclusion of all students in high quality learning and teaching.
  • WAVE 2: Beyond lesson provision- small group interventions aimed at students who can be expected to ‘catch up’ with their peers with an identified need.
  • WAVE 3: External school provision- individual specific targeted support for students identified as requiring specialised support.

Criteria for ‘entering’ the SEN register

A student has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A student of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

  • Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age
  • Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.

Students found on the register:

  • Targeted intervention for NEED (addressing learning difficulty) during curriculum learning time- internal or external
  • Statemented / EHCP
  • A medical diagnosis or disability which requires special educational provision to access the curriculum
  • Examination access arrangements

A student’s placement on the SEN register will occur when he/she is placed on WAVE 2, and when they have been in receipt of two consecutive interventions for NEED.

Post 16 Provision

The link below outlines the range of post-16 providers and gives their web address from where you can find relevant information which has been published about their SEN provision.  From here you will be able to find information on how each provider will support young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Post-16 Providers

Post 16 Destinations


RBHS Local Offer

We are a fully inclusive school and aim to ensure all pupils achieve their potential, personally, socially, emotionally and academically in all areas of the curriculum; regardless of gender ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, physical ability or educational needs. Children who have a Statement of Special Needs (SEN) or Education, Health and Care Plan that names the preferred school will be offered a place first.

To read the accessibility plan, please click here.

The school’s local offer provides a single point for information to help families find out about the services available. for more information, please click here

SEN & Disability Policy

The Headteacher (Mr. P Roach), Director of Inclusion and SEN  (Mr. A Kirby), and Inclusion SENCO (Mrs. J Rawlings) have responsibility for coordinating and monitoring the progress of the students identified with special educational needs and disability.

The policy below contains information about the school's SEN & Disability policy for the identification, assessment and provision for students with special educational needs. 

Please click here to download the policy.

Contact Us

For further information, please contact:

Mr A Kirby, B.Ed. (Hons), MA Cert, NASENCO (

Mrs J Rawlings, B.Ed., NASENCO (

Tel: 01204 333266 or Fax: 01204 333264.

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