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  • Whitworth Park School and Sixth Form College
    Whitworth Lane
    County Durham
    DL16 7LN
  • Head: Mr Paul Gillis
  • T 01388 824800
  • F 01388 824840
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  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Durham
  • Pupils: 1054
  • Religion: None
  • Current Ofsted grade: Good on 26th September 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Satisfactory on 25th May 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

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Special Education Needs

The Student Support Department, led by the SENCo, is made up of 6 LSAs, 1 Youth Mentor and an Inclusion Unit Manager. The LEA's Learning Support Services have regular involvement in school. The school supports a variety of SEN, including some youngsters with physical disabilities; a lift is due to be installed at half-term (October 2005). The Student Support Team works across the whole school, supporting students in-class and in small groups, when additional help is needed. The use of 'Successmaker' - an integrated learning program which develops students' literacy and numeracy skills - is widely used in Years 7 and 8. The team has a wealth of experience, with Support Staff coming from a variety of backgrounds. A Counselling Service is available, as well as alternative curriculum packages for selected students in Years 10 and 11. The Inclusion Unit is central to the school and exists to support students whose behaviour may, on occasions, be more challenging.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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