Emma Chandler

Head of Inclusion

“Inclusion is for everybody.”

We value all students equally and encourage them to become independent learners across all areas of their life as they progress through Fearnhill School. All staff at Fearnhill School are committed to creating a nurturing educational environment in which students are supported to achieve and progress in their individual goals and targets. Staff across the school are supported in their work by receiving regular training in various aspects of inclusion: they use a wide range of strategies both in and outside the classroom to support all students.

In the school a particular focus is placed on the importance of early support in literacy and numeracy and to enable this, the school employs specialist intervention teachers in both English and Mathematics.  In addition each Faculty has specialist Intervention Leaders and Intervention Assistants who work alongside the teachers, and with small groups to support all students to make the progress they deserve.  If a student is struggling in lessons, we have the Inclusion Base with is staffed by experienced SEND specialists.  Here we provide a quiet, calm place where students can take some time to regroup and then, if appropriate, we support them in reintegrating them into the lesson.  We are committed to our school being a safe and inclusive place where learning is nurtured and confidence and self-esteem is grown in a happy, caring and stimulating environment.


Every day during break and lunchtime, members of the Inclusion team run a social group for students who perhaps welcome quieter, more structured environment during free time.  All students are welcome to participate in a range of activities including: board and card games, crafts, listening to music, using the computers to complete homework or just to have some friendly faces to talk to.


The term ‘gifted and talented’ covers all aspects of school life including academic achievement, sporting prowess and high ability in the performing arts.  In the classroom, the teacher meets the needs of gifted and talented students through a clear focus on classroom teaching and learning along with enrichment.  By planning and delivering well differentiated, well-paced lessons teachers provide conditions for learning that promote collaboration, critical thinking and creative thinking.  In addition to this we offer a variety of opportunities outside of academic studies including enrichment days, residential visits, links to industry, strong links to universities and a wide variety of musical, dramatic and sporting clubs.

Please read our SEND policy here.