Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at Alder Bridge School

At Alder Bridge School we provide a caring, positive and supportive learning environment for all children. School staff know their pupils well and understand their individual needs; they cater to these accordingly. All children within the school have access to high-quality teaching from both their Kindergarten/Class Teacher and Subject Teachers. To complement this in the Lower School, we provide small group sessions and one-to-one interventions, led by qualified and trained Teaching Assistants (these are allocated according to the severity of need and there may be a waiting list at times). We also provide whole class Teaching Assistant support during Main lessons and subject lessons for some of our classes. Our Higher Level Teaching Assistant teaches small group phonics/spelling sessions in the Lower School. In Kindergarten, the Teacher and Assistant work together to provide support where needed. Our SEND policy can be found here.

To find out more about the SEN approach at Alder Bridge School click here.

Judith Stewart is our Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

Useful SEND websites

All Local Authorities provide a Local Offer for children with additional needs and their families:

West Berkshire District Council

Reading Borough Council


Hampshire County Council 

Oxfordshire County Council


The four broad areas of need:


Communication and interaction

Cognition and learning

Social, emotional and mental health

Sensory and/or physical needs