In this section information can be found on supporting our students with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Support for Students

Your support for your child’s education is crucial to their progress. Please tell us if there are any adjustments we need to make to help you support your child, for example: letters in large font; letters in different languages; wheelchair access; explanation of things over the phone; a discussion with a school colleague of the same gender.


Students with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are highly valued at Heckmondwike Grammar School. Our aim is to empower our students and develop the confidence they need to create and manage a life of their choosing.

Research evidence tells us that young people with SEND do best in schools where expectations are high for all students.  Our most recent tracking data illustrates that students at HGS who have SEND make excellent progress and achieve above expected levels at GCSE and A Level. We constantly strive to do more to strengthen our capacity to respond to an increasingly diverse range of individual learning needs and to close the attainment gap.

The school is committed to the early identification of special educational needs so that action can be taken as quickly as possible. Support is based on a careful evaluation of individual need and our strategy is to develop breadth in provision that involves varied approaches to address pupils’ specific needs.

Whilst the SENCO is responsible for planning the support required to meet a child’s needs, close partnership with parents is central to the process. The views and wishes of the student are taken into account wherever possible.

The school’s SEND Information Report which provides detailed information about how the school identifies, assesses and makes provision for students with special educational needs, this can also be viewed in the policies section.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Policy

School SENDCO Contact: Jenny Illingworth.