Learning Support

The Learning Support Department consists of a team of dedicated, experienced and warm staff who are committed to meeting pupils' individual needs.


The department has high expectations of pupils and promotes a positive ethos which builds on their strengths. The Academy’s SENDCo is Mrs Alyson Church.


The department work closely with all staff to provide a whole school approach to learning support.


Please note that the Academy’s SEND Policy and SEND information report are in the Policies and SEND sections of the Academy’s website.

The Department

Mrs Church


Mrs Burke

Mrs Jordan

Mrs Gillard

Mrs Odari

Mr Clamp

Mr Simpson

What's on?

The Department is open every single day!


• Homework club is on daily before and after school (08:00 – 08:30 / 15:00 – 15:30)

• The department is open during break and dinner for students to eat, socialise and play games in a smaller environment

• The Department run a range of interventions such as Rapid Reading, Zones of Regulation, Piano, Lego and Catch-Up-Maths.

• The department also facilitate after school clubs including Music Club and Sport Games Club.

Getting in touch

Communication is a key part of effective provision. It is vital that close links are made with guardians so that our pupils fulfil their potential. Please never delay in getting in contact with the department.


The department hold Coffee Mornings and student centred meetings throughout the academic year.

The SENCo is also available on all parent and open evenings.


The Academy’s SENCo can be contacted via email (juliesadlerforman@chellaston.derby.sch.uk) or via the Academy’s phone number (01332 702502).

Supporting your child

Access Arrangements for Examinations

The department are keen to ensure that no learner is at a disadvantage in their formal examinations and assessments if they are in need of access arrangements, such as a scribe, reader, enlarged or modified papers or extra time. All Awarding Bodies for examinations have their own set of available concessions and we ensure that any request for access arrangements for individuals is represented accurately by the school. Ultimately, however, the decision is made by the Awarding Body overseeing the examination.  If a learner is in need of concessions, there is an expectation that we can demonstrate this is their usual way of working before a concession is likely to be granted.