At Henlow Church of England Academy, we support and value the abilities of all our pupils. It is our duty to provide equal opportunities for every person in our care and a safe and fully equipped learning environment which caters to the needs of every child as an individual. We are committed to inclusion within the school curriculum and participation in all aspects of school life. We provide an exciting, creative and effective learning environment, recognising and responding to individual learning styles. We aim to help each child experience success and to reach their full potential by providing the highest standard of education and care.
Henlow Church of England Academy believes that Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) is a whole school issue and that ‘Every teacher is a teacher of SEND’.



Welcome To The Learning Centre

The Learning Centre is a small group of 6 - 10 pupils. Its composition is carefully thought-out to create a balanced and functional group. Its purpose is to offer children opportunities to revisit early learning skills and promote and support their social and emotional development.

There is much research evidence that children’s learning is most effective when they have a sense of emotional well being, good self esteem and a feeling of belonging to their school community.

The Learning Centre provides children with this opportunity and so helps to develop their maturity and resilience.

The group is lead by a member of staff qualified in ‘The Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups’, alongside specialist teachers and experienced TA’s.

We follow the six principles of Nurture -

  • Children's learning is understood developmentally

  • The classroom offers a safe base

  • The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing

  • Language is a vital means of communication

  • All behaviour is communication

  • Transitions are significant in the lives of children

Pupils will attend the Learning Centre but remain an active part of their main class group, spending appropriate time within the Learning Centre according to their needs. As the pupils learn academically and socially they develop confidence, become responsive to others, learn self-respect and take pride in behaviour and in achieving.
The SEND Team are:
Mrs S Jones - SENDCO
Mrs N Robson - Deputy SENDCO
Mrs F Carrington - Intervention Lead
"The excellent leadership of the provision for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, ensures that these pupils are able to catch up with their peers."

"The school knows and treats pupils as individuals."
SIAMS 2017