Miss S Lloyd
SENCo Co-Coordinator

Nailsea School has an inclusive ethos and we strive to ensure all students are fully included in all learning and extra-curricular activities.

Learning Support assistants support individual students with additional educational needs in class with their peers across the curriculum. They also provide other support as and when appropriate that could include one-to-one support for literacy and numeracy intervention and speech and language work. We believe strongly in a collaborative approach and we work very closely with families, communicating regularly.

The Government is transforming the system for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them.

Mrs M Cole
Deputy SENCo

Under the new law, Statements of Special Educational Needs and Learning Difficulty Assessments will be phased out, to be replaced by 0-25 Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC Plans).

Schools have a duty to publish SEND information so that parents can see what support a school provides for its pupils in the form of a school local offer.

Please click on the link below for Nailsea School’s Local offer


If you would like any more information or would like to visit the School, please contact Reception or email the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-Coordinator).

Contact details are available in the Staff Contact Directory below:

At Nailsea School we recognise that the needs of every child are different. Our mainstream offer is guided by the SEND code of practice using a graduated response. Should a student be identified as needing additional support, there are a range of formal interventions which can be accessed (see intervention information).

Additionally, in September 2020, we opened the first North Somerset Resource Base (RB) for students with higher functioning Autism. The aim of this provision is for students with an ASD diagnosis and Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) to have an extended transition into secondary school life with them ultimately being able to successfully access the main school full time without 1:1 support.

Unlike a traditional Special School, the RB can integrate with other non-SEND pupils; whilst providing a space to help SEND pupils to realise their potential with a focus on social skills, interactions, communications, and a staying safe curriculum. In addition, English, Maths, History, Science. Geography, and Ethics being taught within a smaller setting.

As part of our inclusive approach and to facilitate transition into the mainstream, students attend specialist subjects such as Art, Music, Drama, DT, ICT and PE alongside their mainstream peers. RB students are also part of main school tutor groups and play a full role in pastoral life at Nailsea School.

As well as providing a more sheltered learning environment within the school, the base provides a safe, secure and low-stress environment for students to use at social times when it remains staffed and supervised.

Admission & Exit Criteria for the Resource BaseDOWNLOAD INFORMATION
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Using the outdoors as our classroom, the DEN is a space for encouraging enjoyment of nature while delivering sessions tailored to the individual needs of the student. Activities generally fall under three categories: bush craft skills, gardening and environmental art, using these as mediums to address issues and build skills.  All of the activities are geared up to allow the students to succeed.

Working in the DEN is not a punishment or reward, it is one of the many support services our school offers for students that are struggling to achieve their full potential. We recognise that not all students are by nature academic, but they may have a whole host of other skills to explore and celebrate; they may have difficulty concentrating in classrooms all day but are inspired and fully engaged when being physically active in an outdoor setting.


  • Provide a safe environment where there is opportunity to discuss personal issues
  • Advice on how to deal with issues / signpost to others
  • Explore non-academic skills, and expand knowledge of career opportunities
  • Nurture self esteem
  • Promote physical and good mental health
  • Help students to reflect on their progress
  • Encourage involvement with the community
  • Improve engagement and enjoyment of school
  • Provide many opportunities to succeed
  • Encourage perseverance and patience
  • Empower students to make positive choices

Students referred to the DEN may have some of the following issues:

  • Difficulty settling into new school (e.g. organisation, feeling overwhelmed, friendships)
  • Bullying (e.g. being the bully or bullied, at school or at home)
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Friendships / Confidence building
  • Family issues (e.g. parents separating, young carers, alcohol/drug misuse, children in care, bereavement)
  • Mental health (e.g. low self-esteem, risk taking behaviour, self-harming/eating disorders)
  • Team work skills