The David Ross Education Trust

David Ross Education Trust schools create a rich and exciting learning environment that inspires students to become their confident, academic best.

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Thomas Middlecott Academy

Thomas Middlecott Academy seeks to broaden the horizons of each and every student, helping them to achieve at the highest level both academically and through their talents outside the classroom.


Special educational needs and disability (SEND)

Thomas Middlecott Academy values the individuality of all our students.

We are committed to giving all students every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards.

Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. For further details please click on the hyperlinks below. 

SEND Policy

SEND Information

According to the Code of Practice (2015):

Children have a learning difficulty if they:

(a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age; or

(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority

(c) are under compulsory school age and fall within the definition at (a) or (b) above or would so do if special educational provision was not made for them.

Children must not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language or form of language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught.

Special educational provision means:

(a) for children of two or over, educational provision which is additional to, or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children of their age in schools maintained by the LEA, other than special schools, in the area

(b) for children under two, educational provision of any kind

At TMA we support and offer help to all children, whether they have SEND or not.  However, if they require support additional to the quality first teaching provided by the teaching staff and in class support, then they may be part of our special educational needs and/or disabilities register.

Bespoke support is tailored to meet the needs of each individual child on the register, and once they have become a successful learner they may be removed from the register.

If your child is receiving SEND support, then we create individual education plans (IEPs) with you as the parent/carer, your child and ourselves.  Progress against targets set are regularly assessed, reviewed and adapted to continue to meet the needs of your child.

IEP meetings are held three times a year (one of these may be a parent’s evening)

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator 

SENCo: Ms Hayley Sykes
Contact Email: 

Useful SEND Websites

Supportive Parents - SENDIAS Service

We are very excited to announce that our SP16- 25 Wellbeing Hub is now live! 

We have discovered that lots of our emails are arriving into junk folders. Please do change your email settings so that you don’t miss anything in the future. You will have hopefully seen an email from us about our Wellbeing Hub.



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