Special Educational Needs and Disability

SENCO - Abby Austin

I have been the SENCO at De Lacy Academy since 2015. Prior to that, I have taught English since 2004 at three schools within Wakefield. I hold a BA Hons degree from Manchester University.

In 2017 I achieved the Post Graduate Certificate National Award in SEN Coordination and in 2018 I attained the AAC and CCET awards which enable me to conduct educational testing. 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 and to ensure that they are well-supported.

In school, I am supported by the SEND administrator, Dot Lynch, and I report directly to the 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) and Mrs Pickin (Student Support Officer for Year 7), 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 and meet some of the key staff.

You can read more about the Local Offer and the latest SEN report on our Statutory Information page here.

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