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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve

Special Needs


Department Staff:

Mrs E Wolfenden

Head of Department SENDCO

Mrs L Routledge

SEND Manager

The Special Needs Department caters for a variety of special needs.  We also have two additionally resourced provisions (ARP’s): one for Hearing Impairment and one for Physical Disabilities.

The Special Needs Department works with other subject areas to offer a range of courses at different levels for students.  This includes Functional Skills and BTEC Level 1 and 2 courses.  However, these are subject to needs of the student and availability of teaching staff and resources.

The Department currently runs an Entry Level course in Personal and Social Development for students in year 10 and 11.  This is aimed to help them become confident individuals who are physically, emotionally and socially healthy and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society and embrace change.

We also aim to provide a range of interventions for students to help them overcome potential barriers to learning.  This includes literacy, reading and spelling interventions.  We also run CogMed - a programme designed to improve working memory - an essential foundation to successful learning.

Please feel free to contact us to talk through your child's needs and we will be happy to let you know what provision can be offered for your child at Sir William Ramsay School.

After School Clubs or Activities:

The SEND Department provides homework club for Key Stages 3 & 4 on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school from 3-4pm.  This is supervised and coordinated by a team of experienced LSA’s.


Link to Buckinghamshire Family Information Service - Education and SEN

Link to Buckinghamshire Council- Local Offer Information

Link to Bucks Speech and Language Therapy

Link to Buckinghamshire NHS Occupational Therapy Service


Hearing Impaired (HI) Unit

Department Staff

Ms A Cullen

Head of HI-ARP

Welcome to the Hearing Impaired Additionally Resourced Provision (HI-ARP)

The Hearing Impaired Provision at Sir William Ramsay School has opened in July 2003 and works well at the heart of the school, aiming for inclusion of all Hearing Impaired students using total communication approach. Our Specialist HI, Speech and Language Therapists are Catrin Sills and Mo Marron. Mrs M. Fallon provides D/deaf educational support weekly on Wednesdays. BSL club takes place on Wednesdays at lunch time and it is open to all SWR students.

For more information about Hearing Impaired ARP. Please click here.

Physical Disability (PD) -ARP

Department Staff

Mrs N Taylor

In-charge of Physically Disabilities - ARP

Welcome to the Physical Disability Additionally Resourced Provision (PD-ARP)

The Physical Disabilities ARP (PD ARP) at Sir William Ramsay School is located at the heart of the school and benefits from a newly refurbished physio suite with hoisting and adapted WC facilities. The PD ARP has access to link Physio and Occupational therapists. as well as advice the Specialist Teaching Service - Physical Disabilities Team.  The school’s site is mainly accessible at ground floor level, with additional ramps and lifts to aid accessibility for students with physical or visual disabilities.  Where possible, Sir William Ramsay aims to organise access to lessons for PD students on the ground floor.

The PD ARP caters for students with a diverse range of physical and sensory needs.  For these specific students, we offer an inclusive, an accessible, supportive and adaptive environment. Our student’s needs are continually monitored and so that we can enable their fullest possible access to the National Curriculum.

Students are taught in an inclusive environment alongside their peers. The PD ARP works alongside teaching/support staff and link therapists where additional adaptations and differentiation are required.  Alternative provision may be offered in discussion with the student, parents/carers and therapists when access to a full timetable becomes difficult for a student to manage, for example: where an aspect of their condition may lead to extreme fatigue or a medical need.

We believe that student’s emotional wellbeing is paramount, and we aim to support this in conjunction with their academic and physical support. The PD ARP offers 1:1 therapeutic interventions to give students the opportunity to discuss their feelings around disability. The students also have access to a PD discussion group, where students are free to exchange views on wider topics related to disability, independence and preparation for adulthood.

The PD ARP encourages students to participate in extra-curricular trips outside of the school environment and we have had some fantastic visits to Stoke Mandeville Stadium (National Centre for Disability Sport in England) where our students have competed in the National Junior games