Additional Needs

Academy SEND Co-Ordinator & Additional Needs Faculty Leader

Ms. K Giermaniuk

Trust SEND Lead

Mr. G. Whiting

Click the above icon to see our SEND policy. 

Click the above icon to see our SEND information report.

Click the above icon to see our Accessibility policy.

Our Vision

Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do at ESSA Academy.  We serve a vibrant and diverse community, rich with different cultures, languages and different pupils with a varying range of academic, communication, social, emotional, physical and sensory needs.  We embrace the fact that every child is different.  We make every effort to meet the needs of any child, regardless of aptitude, ability or special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

We do our upmost to ensure that students' needs are met through support in the classroom wherever possible.  Staff in the SEND 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 assist progress and attainment where necessary. 


Our team also work closely with a range of professionals and external agencies to provide informed SEND support, and to support learning, based on students’ specific, individual needs.  We work tirelessly to listen to our students and to work with our parents, ensuring that everyone has a voice.  It is a key priority of ours to listen to their aspirations and those of their children, to ensure that we achieve the most appropriate provision to meet their needs. If parents have concerns with their child’s support and academic progress, they are encouraged to talk, in the first instance, to their child’s allocated Keyworker, the school’s Assistant SENDCo (Miss J Partington), or the Academy SENDCo (Ms K Giermaniuk - 

Our SEND Report sets out how we meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, as set out within our SEND Policy.  In this document, you should find answers to any questions that you may have about SEND at ESSA Academy.

We are very proud of the work that we do within the local community, fostering links that benefit students and their families.  Opportunities, facilities, services and information about our community can be found in our Trust Local Offer which we are very proud to present here.  


ICT to support SEND Blog

Keep one step ahead with our 'ICT to support SEND' blog.  Click  here to view the blog.

​Our students are supported through a series of interventions, delivered by our skilled and passion team. These include: 

  • The Bradford Reading Programme

  • Lego Therapy 

  • Mosaics

  • Gardening Group

  • Animal Care – tortoise interventions. 

  • 1:1 or small group Mentoring 

  • Creative Construction 

  • Maths Club 

  • Working Memory 

  • Spelling Bee 

  • Handwriting

  • Get Ready Registration 

  • Games Club

  • Nurture Group

  • SEND Film Club

  • SEND Dance Club

What processes are involved for students with complex needs?

Students with SEND needs may be assessed for an Education Health Care Plan.  Oxfordshire County Council have produced an excellent video, to explain the pathway that students and their families would experience if this was the case.  Similar resources that are referred to throughout the video are available through the ESSA SEND Faculty, or through SENDAS at Bolton Local Authority. 


SEND Terminology

This section of our website aims to help students and parents have a greater understanding of key terminology that you may come across in the SEND area. It can be found by clicking here

How do I contact the SEND Support Team?

The named Governor for Special Educational Needs is Ivan Wadeson, and the Special Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) is Ms K Giermaniuk.


Should you have any further questions about Special Educational Needs at ESSA Academy, please feel free to contact our team by telephone, email or by using our contact form below:

t: 01204 333 222



Contact the SEND Team


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Students and parents of students with Autism diagnoses, or Autistic traits are encouraged to join our Autism Support Group mailing list.  Find out more by clicking here. 

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