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Thornleigh Salesian College
Sharples Park
Bolton, BL1 6PQ

T: 01204 301 351
F: 01204 595 351

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Special Educational Needs (SEN) Information Report

General Information/Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I think my child has a Special Educational Need or Disability?

If you think that your child may be having difficulties that may be related to an undiagnosed Special Educational Need or Disability you should discuss your concerns, initially, with your child’s Form Tutor or Head of Year. Your concerns will be shared with the SENCo who will contact you for further details and discussion. Should you wish to, you could discuss your concerns directly with the SENCo or Assistant SENCo.

The SENCo at Thornleigh Salesian College is Mr Christopher Tye who can be contacted on 01204 301 351 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What is the school ethos/approach to SEN and Disability? 

To meet the needs of our students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, we aim to:

  • provide a safe and happy environment in which all students have the opportunity to develop personally, physically, socially, academically and spiritually
  • provide a relevant curriculum with a wide range of learning experiences to meet the differing needs of individual students, whilst offering equality of opportunity and high standards of teaching
  • ensure that students participate in their learning and increase their responsibility for their learning and behaviour as they move through the school
  • ensure that the school offers a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that is accessible to students with special educational needs and disabilities and promotes high standards of attainment and achievement
  • ensure that the learning needs of students with special educational needs and disabilities are identified and assessed as early as possible and their progress is closely monitored
  • ensure staff are involved in planning and meeting the learning needs of students with special educational needs and disabilities
  • ensure that the school liaises effectively with other schools and external agencies in order to meet the needs of our students

How will I know how my child is doing in school?

All students are assessed on entry into Thornleigh Salesian College. Students are assessed using Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs), alongside reading and spelling assessments. Students entering the school, having been previously assessed as having a special educational need or disability, will undergo further assessment, if necessary, to enable us to have a clear picture of their ability and needs, in order to guide future interventions and provision.

The SENCo/Assistant SENCo will contact parents/carers to inform them of the outcomes of the assessments and discuss interventions that may be implemented. Parents/carers will be contacted on a termly basis to share news of progress made and to ensure that parents/carers have the opportunity to participate in their child’s intervention and support programme.

What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?

Thornleigh Salesian College has a strong pastoral support system. The Lead Learning Mentor, and Student Progress Co-ordinator for each year group, work closely with the SENCo to identify and intervene in the case of specific social, emotional and mental health needs and/or learning difficulties.

How will I be involved in discussions about, planning for, and involvement in, my child’s education?

The SENCo, Assistant SENCo and SEND Learning Support Assistants are happy to meet parents/carers informally at any time during the school week.

  • All students with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health Care Plan will have an Annual Review to which parents/carers are invited
  • Students in receipt of additional support will have a Pupil Passport. Parents/carers will be able to contribute to the creation of the Pupil Passport

Who, outside of school, can I turn to for advice and support?

Parents/carers can contact Bolton’s ‘Information Advice Service’ should they need advice and support from outside of school. They can be contacted at:
Bolton Information Advice Service
Children’s Opportunity Group
Lowndes Street
Telephone: 01204 848722

How does Thornleigh Salesian College school involve children and young people in their education and in the decision making process?

Students will work with a member of the Learning Support team or their Pastoral Lead to create their Pupil Passport. Students with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health Care Plan are given support to prepare for and attend the Annual Review of their needs. Such reviews are conducted in a Person Centred way to ensure that the student’s voice is heard so that they feel able to participate fully.

Where can I find information about Local Authority provision for children and young people with SEN?

Bolton Local Authority has published the details of their Local Offer on the following website:

How should complaints regarding SEN provision be made and how will they be dealt with?

  • Concerns or complaints raised by parents/carers, with regard to school policy, can be dealt with directly through telephone calls or meetings with school staff.
  • Where necessary, parents/carers will be supported in raising their concerns or complaints to the Local Authority and fully informed of SEN Disagreement Resolution Procedures and SEN Tribunal Procedures.
  • Information regarding external support groups such as the Information Advice Service will also be made available to parents / carers.

Please click here to view the NEED Specific Information

How do I get a copy of the school SEN policy?

The SEND policy is currently under review, following the introduction of new SEND legislation. Thornleigh Salesian College’s Learning Support & SEN Policy can be viewed on our Policies Page.

Who do I contact for further information?

The SENCo (Mr Christopher Tye)  at Thornleigh Salesian College School can be contacted on 01204 301351

Local offer to Students with Special Educational Needs Document | PDF

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