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Celebrating SEND at Thornleigh Salesian College

At Thornleigh Salesian College, we believe in the potential of every student, regardless of their individual learning needs. Our commitment to creating an inclusive and supportive environment sets the foundation for each student's unique journey of growth and achievement. We understand that diversity enriches our community, and we celebrate the strengths that every individual brings to our school.

Our Inclusion team works tirelessly to ensure that every student has the opportunity to thrive and succeed. We recognise that every child is different, and we tailor our approach to meet their specific needs. Our goal is not just to provide an education but to empower each student to reach their full potential and become independent adults.

We understand that the path of a student with SEND may have unique challenges, and we are here to guide and support you every step of the way. Together, we create an environment where students feel valued, respected, and encouraged to explore their talents and abilities.

Thornleigh Salesian College is not just a school; it's a community rooted in faith.

We invite you to explore our programs, meet our dedicated team, and discover the countless opportunities we offer to help your child thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.

Thank you for being a part of our inclusive and welcoming community. Together, we create a brighter future for all our students.

Mr Tye (Assistant Headteacher, Director of Inclusion) and Mrs Anthony (SENCO)


Mission Statement   

At Thornleigh Salesian College's Inclusion Department, our mission is to empower and inspire every student to become independent adults.

Together, we embark on this mission to create a learning community where independence, motivation, engagement, success, personal growth, and well-being are not just goals but realities for every student in our care.



At Thornleigh Salesian College, we are committed to providing an inclusive and empowering environment that fosters positive progress and enables students to flourish academically, socially, and personally.

1. Dynamic SEND Identification:

Our school takes a proactive approach to identifying students with SEND, and as a result, we have high numbers of students receiving timely interventions. This means we can provide the necessary support when it is needed most.

2. Successful Removal from SEND Register:

We take great pride in the fact that many of our students with SEND show progress and are eventually removed from the SEND register. This exemplifies our commitment to ensuring that every student reaches their full potential.

3. Positive Parent Feedback:

100% of parents reported that our Inclusion team is approachable, understanding, and holds high aspirations for their child. We value the trust parents place in us and work collaboratively to support each student's unique journey.

73% of parents reported their child had become more independent over the past 12 months.

100% of parents stated that their child felt welcomed and part of the community at the school, the department had high aspirations for their child’s and that the school was approachable.

4. Empowering Student Relationships:

Over 88% of our students feel confident identifying key staff members they can turn to when unsure about something in school. We believe in nurturing these relationships, as they provide the guidance and encouragement our students need to thrive.

95% of students reported that they have become more independent over the past 12 months.

We take immense pride in these outcomes, and they fuel our passion for creating an environment where all students, including those with SEND, can achieve their dreams. At Thornleigh Salesian College, we celebrate the accomplishments of every student and continue to work tirelessly to ensure that every individual reaches their full potential.


Meet the Inclusion Team

All the staff above have completed enhanced trauma training and adapt and modify their practice to meet the needs of students that have experienced trauma.


Parent Testimonials

Parent of a child in KS3:

"Working with the staff at Thornleigh is always positive, even if it is a delicate, sensitive or behavioural issue.

They always have my child’s best interest at heart and conduct themselves with compassion and understanding, while. Being consistent and representative of the whole school.

Bosco Centre staff are particularly good, and all my interactions with them have been positive and led toward good developments for my child."

Parent of a child in KS4:

"It has been a blessing that my Children have been able to attend Bosco and receive the necessary support and guidance throughout their time at Thornleigh."

Parent of a child in KS4

"Prior to starting Thornleigh I’ve never really felt supported when it came to my son's difficulties that he faced. Since joining Thornleigh, I feel I’m listened to by the team at Thornleigh and I feel reassured that any issues that I raise are dealt with accordingly. They’re dedicated to ensuring my son's needs are met and if there are any struggles I’m updated and they work with me to resolve any issues that are faced."


Student Success Stories

Former student

"After a successful five years at Thornleigh, this student completed a Level 3 Diploma in Business and earned the prestigious Distinction Star for their outstanding academic performance.

This individual continues to defy expectations while pursuing a degree in Business Management at Northumbria University. Their aspirations to become an analyst."

Former student

"The unwavering support from the learning support team and the companionship of close friends helped me at school. The dedicated staff at Thornleigh provided invaluable assistance at every turn, creating a supportive atmosphere that helped me overcome any challenges.

While at Thornleigh Sixth Form, I completed BTEC ICT, A-Level Physics, and Psychology. Opting to further my education at Edge Hill University, I pursued a Bachelor's Honours in Computing, a versatile course offering many module choices. During my three years of study, I gravitated towards modules focused on handling data and ventured into the realm of game development. Today, I am fulfilling the role as a Junior Database Administrator at Bet365."

Former student

"Reflecting on my time at school, it was an enjoyable journey with lots of personal growth. The support system provided by the school played a crucial role in my positive experience. The Games Club, in particular, offered me a quiet and welcoming space to connect with like-minded peers, fostering meaningful friendships that have endured beyond my school years.I am currently completing a "Ready for Work" course at Macro College, equipping myself with the skills and knowledge needed to transition into the working world."


Inclusive Curriculum

At Thornleigh Salesian College, we are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment that caters to the unique needs of students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Our curriculum is carefully designed to ensure that every student can access quality education, engage with the curriculum, and achieve their full potential.

1. Differentiated Instruction

2. Personalised Support Strategies (PSS)

3. Specialised Teaching Methods

4. Accessible Materials

5. Small Group Instruction

6. Subject Leader Training

7. Regular Collaboration

8. Professional Development

9. Assistive Technology


Resources for Parents

Bolton SEND Local Offer

ASD - National Autistic Society


British Dyslexia Association

Young Minds - Mental Health Support


Call to Action

At Thornleigh Salesian College, we understand the importance of a strong partnership between parents, carers, and our school's Inclusion Team. We are committed to providing the best possible support for every student, and we value your input and collaboration in this journey.

If you have a child with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), we invite you to contact our Inclusion Team to arrange a visit and discuss the support our school can offer in more detail. Open communication is the key to providing the most effective support for your child's needs.


Why Contact Our Inclusion Team?

  1. Personalised Support: Our Inclusion Team tailors support to your child's specific requirements. By reaching out, you can ensure that their needs are understood and addressed in a way that works best for them.
  2. Exploring Resources: We can provide information about the resources and programs available to support your child's education, development, and well-being.
  3. Understanding the Curriculum: Our team can explain how our curriculum is designed to cater to students with SEND and discuss any adaptations, accommodations, or specialised teaching methods that are utilised.
  4. Personalised Support Strategies (PSS): If your child has a PSS, we can discuss its content and implementation in the classroom.
  5. Connecting with Teachers: We can facilitate meetings with your child's teachers to ensure everyone is on the same page regarding their educational journey.
  6. Tour the School: Arrange a visit to our school, meet the educators, and experience our inclusive environment firsthand. It's an excellent opportunity to ask questions and see how our school can meet your child's needs.


How to Get in Touch

Contacting our Inclusion Team is easy. You can:

  • School reception 01204 301 351
  • Ms V Anthony
  • Ms L Pickup
  • Visit Us: Arrange a visit to our school by reaching out via email or phone. We'll be happy to schedule a convenient time for you.

We understand that choosing the right educational environment for your child is a crucial decision. By reaching out to our Inclusion Team, you can gain a deeper understanding of how Thornleigh Salesian College can provide the support and opportunities your child deserves.

We look forward to connecting with you, learning more about your child's needs, and embarking on a collaborative journey to ensure their success. Together, we can make a positive difference in your child's education and well-being.