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SEND Ethos

Each child deserves an opportunity to achieve their best. At Undershaw we pride ourselves on our SEND ethos being at the heart of everything we do.

We provide a structured, stimulating environment in which all children are valued, included, and supported to reach their full potential. Every child is unique and all children develop at a different pace. We place each child at the centre of their learning. We place their needs before all others and will adapt our model to suit each individual.

We have a high staff to student ratio to ensure we are achieving all our aspirations for well-being and pastoral care. Our team consists of specialist staff within all the pillars of our offer:

  • Faculty heads (curriculum)
  • Specialist SEND class teachers
  • Pastoral Teaching Assistants
  • Subject Specialist Teaching Assistants
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Emotional Therapists
  • Job coaches
  • Employability and Transition specialists

Our small school feels like a family, and through that we can focus on facilitating seamless communication between home and school. Our communication is transparent and child centric.

The school aims to change lives for the better and strives to ensure that every child can realise their potential and make their unique contribution to society.

OFSTED February 2022

Quality of Education
Behaviour and Attitudes
Personal Development
Quality of Leadership and Management
Sixth Form Provision
Overall effectiveness at previous inspection
What they're saying

‘Undershaw is a shining example of best practice in skills education. Congratulations to all involved'

Sophie DeavilleSenior Education Associate, Skills Builder Partnership

A strong focus on developing key life and employability skills in the sixth form ensures that pupils are well prepared personally, as well as academically, for the next stages of education or employment.

OFSTED ReportFeb 2022

The Undershaw students are just so lovely and friendly. I’m impressed how hard working and mature they are.

SarahCafé Manager, Haslewey Community Centre

It was a delight to meet your students: full of questions and curiosity. It’s clearly a lovely school.

Kate Perry, BBC Journalistand Undershaw Careers Week Speaker

The staff at Undershaw have created a lifelong strategy for students, ensuring that they have the essential skills needed to succeed.

Sophie DeavilleSenior Education Associate, Skills Builder Partnership

Thanks for the confidence in me.

Undershaw Alumnus

Honestly the change in him has been amazing. We feel very fortunate to have got into Undershaw. Such a great school with fantastic staff & teachers.

Undershaw Parent

The school has been amazing and has transformed my son in so many ways into the happy and confident 16yr old he is today.

Undershaw Parent

Eliminating the impossible


Undershaw is an inclusive community which is based on mutual respect.  Everyone is valued and their uniqueness celebrated.

Read about Employability


Undershaw is a caring and considerate school. We look after each other wholeheartedly, fostering meaningful and compassionate relationships.

Read about Therapy


Undershaw is a safe space for all, where we can take risks. We support each other to keep going and believe in ourselves when we try new things.

Read about our Curriculum