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Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

SEN Information Report 2023


Our leading aim: 

‘That each and every learner shall achieve their maximum potential and enjoy the process'

Introduction - 

Dene Magna School is an 11-18 co-educational secondary school and is a member along with Drybrook Primary School of the Forest of Dean Academy Trust serving the Forest of Dean and surrounding communities.  Dene Magna School offers Key Stage 3 (11-13 years), Key Stage 4 (14-16 years) and Key Stage 5 (16-18years) curriculum. 

The Learning Support department at Dene Magna school works to support those children who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and in close liaison with the school’s Pastoral Support System those children who experience Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties.

At Dene Magna we embrace the fact that every child is different and, therefore, the educational needs of every child are different. In our school and across the Trust, pupils are provided with high-quality teaching adapted to suit the diverse needs of all learners. Our ambition for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is the same as for all children and young people – that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in post-18 education and lead happy and fulfilled lives. 

To achieve our ambition we have the system that: 

• Enables all students to become independent learners

• Provides Quality First Teaching through scaffolding, modelling, differentiating and by challenging to be successful

• Enables all students to make progress academically and socially

• Enables students to have the best possible start in life and achieve their potential

• Supports students and their parents to have high aspirations for the future, raising aspirations by not only thinking about what is possible now but thinking creatively about what could be possible in their life 

• Ensures students and their parents are actively involved in planning and decision-making, both at an individual and strategic level and have more choice and control over the support they receive

• Provides joined-up education, health and social care services, working together to enable students to achieve the best possible outcomes

• Ensures students are effectively supported to prepare for adulthood, including employment, independent living, good health and participation in community life


SEN Information Report to be reviewed September 2024 - Harry Dixon-Gough SENCO