Cardinal Newman Catholic High School

Jesus was a teacher, His Gospel message was concerned with the whole person and the whole of society.
At Cardinal Newman High School we believe that the Gospel is relived in daily life and God is experienced as a reality. To fulfil this vision we are committed to providing a high quality Christian education, to developing the whole person:
• Spiritually
• Academically
• Socially
• Physically
• Emotionally.
Aims and Values:
• To provide an environment conducive to the establishment of Christian faith and the adoption of sound moral and ethical values.
• To encourage in each student a desire to achieve to their full potential in all areas of school life, spiritual, academic, creative, physical and emotional.
• To provide an education that equips out students to live and work confidently, effectively and wisely in a complex and changing world.
• To produce well-rounded, happy, capable, tolerant, compassionate people who recognise their self-worth.
• To provide opportunities for the growth of self-esteem, leadership and a sense of social and environmental responsibility.
• To be a school that values excellence and provides avenues for students from a range of abilities and interests to achieve excellence.
• To be a school that functions well, offering strong academic, vocational, sport, cultural and extracurricular programmes in a safe and disciplined environment.
• To be a school that encourages mutual respect, partnership, the maintenance of healthy relationships and appreciate of all the members of the community; staff, students, parents/carers, parish and the wider community.
Childcare provision related to this school. Childminders provide out of school care and some may have specified they pick up/drop off from this school.
For more detailed information of childcare linked to this school please contact the Families Information Service, who can offer comprehensive up to date information on registered childcare in Warrington including childminders, day nurseries, pre-schools, playgroups, out of school and holiday clubs, carer and toddler groups.
Other useful contacts, WBC school admission, transport and pupil services team 01925 4433

01925 635556 Fax: 01925 628600


Newman RC High School

Bridgewater Avenue




SEND Local Offer description

Cardinal Newman High School is a mainstream Catholic secondary school. Access to the whole curriculum is not possible for wheelchair users, as there is no lift. Wheelchair and disabled toilet access ground floor only. ICT and Practical food technology on upper floor only

SEND Local Offer contact name

Mrs R J Sewell (SENDCo) Mrs E Barker (Deputy Head Teacher (Inclusion))

Staff know if a child / young person needs support

Parents and primary schools can contact the SENDCo or Head of Year 7 from Year 5 with information on SEND pupils. SENDCo can attend review meetings. Head of Year 7 meets with Year 6 teachers on transition days to gather detailed information on SEND young people. SENDCo receives information from the Head of Year 7. Contact is made with parents / carers and the primary school to gather information on how best to support the young people on transfer. Further transition visits organised as necessary. Baseline assessments in English, Maths, Reading and Spelling allow further in house screening of young people not already identified. Young people who transfer mid-year are baseline assessed in English, Maths, Reading and Spelling. SENDCo is provided with information from the transfer form.

What to do if you think your child needs support

if you think your child has special educational needs contact the SENDCo by telephone or school email address,, to discuss the concerns.

How will staff support a child with SEND?

The SENDCo will coordinate the support for your young person. Teachers are provided with information on how best to support your young person in the classroom. If your young person has a Statement of Special Needs or Education and Health Care plan (EHC), a keyworker will be assigned to them. They will be responsible for supporting your young person to achieve their targets. The SENDCo and keyworker regularly review the impact of support and intervention for your young person. The governors fully support the school's SEND policy and practice. The SEND governor liaises with the SENDCo on a regular basis.

How is the curriculum matched to a child's needs?

Your young person will be placed in a set according to their ability for English, Maths, Science and Modern Foreign languages in Year 7 and 8. For other curriculum subjects they will be taught in mixed ability form groups. In Year 9 your young person will be placed in a set according to their ability for all subjects. In Key stage 4 your young person will be placed in a set according to their ability for English, Maths, Science, RE and PE and will be placed in mixed ability sets in Option subjects. The classwork is differentiated by the class teacher according to the needs of your young person.

How do parents learn about their child's progress?

You will receive a report on your young person's progress in their curriculum subjects a five points in the year. Information about your young person's targets grades, current grade, homework/coursework record, attitude and behaviour are all included in the report. If your young person has a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Educational and Health Care Plan (EHC) you will be invited by the SENDCo to attend an annual review meeting alongside educational professionals that are involved in the support of your young person. At the meeting the progress towards your young person's curriculum targets and intervention targets will be discussed as well as how to best support your young person over the next year. The SENDCo can be contacted at any time throughout the academic year concerning progress and support of your young person.

How is children's well-being supported?

Each young person is assigned to a form group and their form tutor is their first point of contact each day. Each year group is supported by a pastoral manager, Head of Year and Head of Key Stage. In addition the School Chaplain and Inclusion Manager are available to support your child with any emotional health and wellbeing issues they may have. The approach of all staff is person centred and the views and needs of the young person is important. Contributions to school life can be made in a variety of ways including school council and regular surveys. If your young person has a medical issue it is best to contact the Head of Year or SENDCo with information on how best to support your young person. As a parent/carer you have prime responsibility for their health and you must therefore provide the school with full information about their medical condition. A Health Care Plan will then be written by the pastoral manager or SENDCo. If the young person requires support from a teaching assistant to access their learning then an application to the Local Authority for top up funding will be made. The pastoral team and Attendance officer support you and your young person to achieve the attendance set by the Department for Education at 95%.

What specialist services can the setting access?

The SEN Manager has specialist qualification in Specific learning difficulties and is able to assess young people for exam access arrangements. The school can access the following support services: School Health Advisor, Educational psychologist, Specialist teachers for hearing and visual impairments, Speech and language therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, ADHD and ASD specialist nurses, Child paediatrics, CAMHS, CAF and Family support, Social care, The Relationship Centre, St Joseph Family Centre, Youth Services, Local Authority Attendance team and Police School Liaison Officer.

What SEND training do staff receive?

Staff in school have training and continue to undergo training to support young people with SEND. The SENDCo has secured the National award For SEN Coordination. The SEN Manager has an educational psychology qualification. Teaching assistants are responsible for specific areas of special needs and have been trained in the delivery of Speech and language programmes, supporting young people with Hearing and Visual Impairments and young people with literacy and numeracy needs. The Inclusion Manager is trained in the National programme For Specialist Leaders in Behaviour and Attendance and ADHD support. The majority of SEN support staff are trained in manual handling.

How are all children included in all activities?

SEND young people are invited to attend extra-curricular activities and school trips. The young person, parents/carers and support staff are consulted on how to best support the child during the activities. Risk assessments are carried out by staff prior to attendance of any activities.

How accessible is the environment?

The school has wheelchair access and disabled toilets on the ground floor only. Young person who have physical needs (wheelchairs users, walking frame users, pupils on crutches) are able to access computers and an area to work in the library and Oasis Learning Support Suite. ICT and Practical Food technology are not accessible as they are sited on the upper floor only. Manual handling qualifications are updated every three years.

How are resources matched to children's needs?

To meet your young person's SEN needs the school's resources are allocated as follows: Core provision from the core funding which is available for all young people. Extra provision depending on your child's needs, funded from the school's notional SEN budget. If further provision is required an application for top-up funding is made to the local authority's high needs block.

How are children supported through transition?

Parents/carers and primary schools can contact the SENDCo or Head of Year 7 from Year 5 with information on SEND young people. SENDCo can attend review meetings. Head of Year 7 liaises with SENDCo regarding the detailed information on SEND pupils gathered at Year 6 transitions days. Parents and the primary school provide information on how best to support the young person on transfer. A member of the SEND department can visit your young person in their current school to gather further information to support your child through the transition. Further transition visits are organised where necessary. Young people who transfer mid-year are baseline assessed in English, Maths, Reading and Spelling. SEND information is relayed to SENDCo via the transfer form. The SENDCo will liaise with the previous educational setting where necessary. If your young person transfers from Cardinal Newman to another educational setting information is passed on via the Transfer form. The SEND department will contact to new school with any further information and pupil records. Transition visits can be organized where necessary.

How is a decision made about the support needed?

The SENDCo, SEN Manager and Inclusion manager in consultation with parents/carers and previous educational settings, decide upon the most effective way to support your young person to maximise their progress and wellbeing. This support is flexible and reflects the changing needs of your child based upon regular and planned reviews. The SENDCo analyses data on your child on your child to monitor progress and impact of support.

How can parents and carers be involved?

We encourage open communication with parents/carers, through a variety of means including telephone calls and parents evening. Excellent communications between parents/carers and the schools is vital for effective support for your young person. The school welcomes information from parents that may help your child to make good progress.

Who can be contacted for further information?

The following people can be contacted for further information: SENDCo Coordinates support pupils with SEND. SEN Manager Supports the SENDCo and coordinates exam access arrangements. Inclusion Manager - Supports pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties. Form tutor - The first point of contact for the young person each day. Head of Year - Supports young people with pastoral issues. Pastoral manager supports the Head of Year, Head of Key stage liaises with Head of Year and supports young people at Key stage 3 or 4, and the Head teacher ensures the progress of all young people. School telephone number: 01925 635556. Email address: