SENCO - Abby Austin

I have been the SENCO at De Lacy Academy since 2015. Prior to that I have taught English for the last 11 years at 3 schools within Wakefield. I hold a BA Hons degree from Manchester University.

I achieved the Post Graduate Certificate National Award in SEN Coordination in 2017 and am currently working towards further qualifications which will enable me to conduct educational testing for exam access arrangements.  I work closely with a range of outside agencies across the Local Authority as well as colleagues in school to get the best outcomes for our students.

In school, I am supported by the SEND administrator, Dot Lynch, and I report directly to the Assistant Principal and Vice Principal.  I lead a team of six fantastic Learning Support Assistants and work closely with teaching staff to ensure all our students’ needs are met.

Before students come to De Lacy, I liaise closely with the Primary SENCOs and Year 6 teachers so that we are well-prepared for the new intake. In cases where students have an EHCP, I attend their annual review during their final year at Primary school and, alongside Mrs Watts (Transition Leader), I organise additional visits for students who we feel may benefit from a more in-depth transition programme.

When I’m not doing my SENCO work, I teach English across a range of year groups.  I deliver Fresh Start Phonics, which I have been trained in, to Year 7 and help to monitor students’ reading progress across KS3. I also teach KS4 and ensure students are well-prepared for the demands of the GCSEs. In my spare time, I enjoy hitting the shops and looping the loop with my husband and daughter.

If you are the parent of a child with SEND and would like to come and see how we can meet your child’s needs at De Lacy, please get in touch to arrange a tour of our Inclusion provision.

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