A huge welcome to the SEND Department at The Newbridge School.

At Newbridge, we have a very dedicated and experienced team of staff that support the progress, well-being and achievement of all students with SEND.

Our team is led by Miss Sophie Marlow who is our SENDCo and works closely with students and parents alike to ensure the best support and provision is provided when needed.

We work closely with not only teaching staff but also the Pastoral Team to ensure your child feels happy and safe at school, aiming high at all times and achieving more.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Sophie Marlow via email on

Our team is responsible for:

  • Liaising with students and parents to plan for the best possible outcomes for our students both socially and academically 
  • Liaising with schools and outside agencies to ensure that we have an excellent knowledge of our students and their needs
  • Planning, updating and implementing the SEND.
  • Tracking data and monitoring progress
  • Planning, delivering and monitoring the impact of interventions
  • Deploying the funding we receive in a way that most benefits our students
  • Working with departments to ensure that the curriculum is accessible and differentiated appropriately to all

Identifying the need

What is a Special Educational Need?

A learning need that falls outside the average expectations for a pupil of their own age.

Learning difficulty – Specific or General

General learning difficulty = delay in language acquisition, verbal, written, processing skills, storing of information, recall and sequence etc.
Specific = Dyslexia, dyspraxia, visual, hearing, physical, medical, ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder), Speech, Language and Communication

Special Education Need – Defined


A child or a young person has special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special education provision to be made for them.  
A student of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

  • Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning that the majority of children the same age.
  • Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in mainstream schools within the area of the local education authority.

A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things in any area of life, not just at school.
A learning disability affects the way a person understands information and how they communicate. Around 1.5m people in the UK have one.