At Leigh Academy Rainham we believe that all students have the right to achieve their maximum academic and social potential and that students have learning differences rather than learning difficulties we will identify and assess these differences and ensure that learning is supported and tailored to ensure outstanding progress is made by all students. The first response to pupils who have or may have SEN is high-quality, differentiated teaching. Our teachers will have a good understanding of our young people, and with support of the SENCO, they will set clear goals, to review progress made.

We will make provision to support students with frequently occurring educational needs without an Education Health Care Plan, for example; dyslexia, dyspraxia, ASD speech and language, behavior, social and emotional needs, visual and hearing impairments. Where needed the Academy will seek advice and training in order to meet the needs of students with special educational needs. Where we are able to meet their individual needs the Academy will also support students with an Education Health Care Plan.

As a member of The Leigh Academies Trust, Leigh Academy Rainham will be able to extend the support by engaging Educational Psychologists, Speech, Language and Communication support.

We will ensure that all teachers and support staff who work with the young persons are aware of the support to be provided and the teaching approaches to be used through carefully tailored professional development sessions delivered by SLT, external consultants and shared services in the Trust. We will also offer a range of support to develop teachers expertise and additional support within the classroom, which includes: drop-in sessions, in class training and observations from the SENCO, as well as specialist advice/input within the classroom.

The role of a parent will be crucial to the success of our students and we will value your input regularly. We will run an ‘open door’ policy, and also organise parents’ information evenings to exchange views and build network of parents.

Mrs Butler, is the SENCO for LAR and if you wish to contact her please do so on

Vision for pupils with SEND

Leigh Academy Rainham will be committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education for all children. We believe that all children, including those identified as having Special Educational Needs as well as every other student, have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum. This curriculum should be accessible to them, and they will be fully included in all aspects of Academy life. We will recognise that pupils learn at different rates and that there are many factors affecting achievement, including ability, emotional state, age and maturity. We believe that many pupils, at some time in their Academy career, may experience difficulties which affect their learning, and we recognise that these may be long or short term. At the Academy we will aim to identify these needs as they arise and provide teaching and learning contexts which enable every child to achieve to his or her full potential.

Medway’s Local Offer

Find out more information about Medway’s Local Offer.