The Holgate Academy aims to support students with special educational needs by seeking to remove barriers to learning and participation, ensuring all students have access to an appropriate education that affords them the opportunity to achieve their personal potential.

Our SEND aims

  • To ensure that all students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • To provide a differentiated curriculum appropriate to the individual’s needs and ability.
  • To ensure the identification of all students requiring SEND provision as early as possible in their academy career.
  • To ensure that SEND students take as full a part as possible in all academy activities.
  • To ensure that parents of SEND students are kept fully informed of their child’s progress and attainment.
  • To ensure that SEND students are involved, where practicable, in decisions affecting their future.

We work collaboratively with outside agencies ensuring specialist advice and provision supports effective teaching and learning.

The academy’s ‘Climate for Learning’ structure ensures that any student who requires additional support receives this through normal timetabled provision. In addition to this, there is a large team of experienced teaching assistants who provide individual and small group support to students.

Teaching staff all practice quality first teaching and differentiation to ensure that individual student’s needs are met and that all students achieve their academic potential.

What is the Local Offer?

In September 2014 the government made a lot of changes to the way that children and young people aged 0 to 25, with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are supported. This included making Local Authorities produce a ‘ SEND Local Offer’.

The SEND Local Offer aims to bring together helpful and useful information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families. It is a comprehensive guide to services and support all in one place. Please watch the video at the bottom of this page to find out more.

You can find Nottinghamshire’s Local Offer here.

You can find our Extended Local Offer Response here.

Other local authorities:

Nottingham City Council Local Offer

Derbyshire County Council Local Offer

Derby City Council Local Offer

Our SEND offer

How we support a child with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in the academy.

Wave 1

Quality first provision across the academy

We aim to ensure all learners including those with SEND have an inclusive learning experience.


  • In class support from the specialist teacher.
  • Differentiated support when needed.
  • Pastoral support
  • Extracurricular
Wave 2

Short term interventions

Students may be identified at primary or when they join the academy for additional/specific support.

  • Small intervention groups – literacy/math catch up
  • In class support
  • Access to The Hub/RR
  • SEMH support
  • Subject surgeries
  • Key worker
Wave 3

Individual provision across the academy

  • A student identified as SEND support will have a keyworker assigned to them and will receive three review meetings (from key worker) throughout the academic year.
  • EHCP

The team will hold regular reviews and hold parent forums to ensure your child is able to access learning in an inclusive school. Check on the Holgate news feed for dates of upcoming parent meet and greets.

If you require further information contact

Policies and reports

You can find our SEND policy on our dedicated policies page and a copy of our SEND report below.

We recognise that many students will have special needs at some time during their academy life. In implementing this policy, we believe students will be helped to overcome their difficulties. Whilst many factors contribute to the range of difficulties experienced by some children, we believe that much can be done to overcome them by parents, teachers and students working together.

SEND information report 2021

SEND offer

Key contacts

For further information about what we do, or for any support, please contact our SENDCO and Designated Senior Person for Child Protection – Miss M Berry, If you would like to know more or have any specific queries, please contact the main office on 0115 9632104.

Find out more about the SEND Local Offer in the short video below