Cheney School

Cheney School

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

Welcome to details relating to the work of the Learning Support Faculty at Cheney School, Headington, Oxford.

Cheney School is a fully comprehensive school, committed to addressing the needs of all our students, including supporting our SEND students - whether this relates to learning, emotional and/or social difficulties, medical or physical disabilities. This is to ensure students are fully included in the life of the school, so that they can learn and make good progress. 

The linked pages offer an overview of the work of the Faculty, and of its staff.

We do our utmost to ensure that students' needs are met in the mainstream classroom wherever possible. Staff in the Learning Support Faculty work closely with teachers and other colleagues in all subjects to ensure that work set is differentiated and appropriate. Staff are given strategies to support each individual student, providing materials and training to aid where necessary. But where more individualised support and/or teaching is required, this is usually led by the Learning Support Faculty and Teaching Assistants.

We also work closely with a range of professionals outside school to provide informed pastoral support and to support learning, based on students’ specific, individual needs.

Listening to children and young people, working with parents, and listening to their aspirations and those of their children, to achieve the most appropriate provision, is a key element in all our work.

If parents have concerns with their primary school child’s support and academic progress, they are encouraged to talk, in the first instance, to their primary school SENCo, and/or the Education Officer supporting the primary school, and to contact the Special Educational Needs Support Service (01865 456702).

This animation explains how a child or young person can receive support and help through an Education, Health and Care Plan (an EHC Plan):

For enquiries relating to SEND students and Faculty staff please contact the SEND Administrator on 01865 755285.

Dr Richard Coombs is the SENDCo 

This page was updated March 2017.  

Learning Support Faculty staff 2016-2017

Dr Richard Coombs


Mrs P. O’Donnell

Learning Support Manager

Ms N. Brassey

Specialist Teacher, Examination Concessions

Miss S. Bhatti

Educational Inclusion Tutor

Mrs S. Lopez

Cheney Plus Instructor

Mr J. Heenan

Cheney Plus Instructor

Miss T. Partlett

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

post vacant

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Ms J. Morgan

Literacy Interventions Co-ordinator

Mr P. Oakley

‘Young Carers’ Lead Teaching Assistant

Mrs D. Clanfield

SEND Administrator

In line with the 2014 Department for Education Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice: 0-25 years, the following documents are available below for your reference.