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SEND And Local Offer



The Learning Support department (SEND) is led by Mrs Cook and there is a team of Teaching Assistants, many of whom have specialisms in a variety of areas.  They are based in the brand new Learning Support Area and Learning Pods but spend most of the time supporting students in lessons.

The Learning Support Team 

  • Sue Cook, SENCo. BA degree in PE & Drama; PGCE in Secondary PE with English for students with additional needs; Psychological Testing Centre Certificate for Educational Test User and member of The British Psychological Society;  National Award for SEN Coordination.
  • Alex Hjorring, SEND Manager –  (Maths degree, Qualification in coaching skills)
  • Ana Sark TEFAL trained (teaching Eng as a foreign language), HLTA for science (speaks Serbo-Croat and Macedonian)
  • Ana-Maria Sandulescu –  on the Kick Start programme. Speaks Romanian. 
  • Hifsa Azam (speaks Urdu)
  • Jamie Kendrick (degree in Sports and Exercise Science)
  • Jo Mayes (Level 5 Dyslexia Specialist Teacher, PGCE Foundation stage in S. Africa) (Speaks Afrikaans and some Zulu)
  • Lesley Byrne HLTA
  • Marie Cooper (has HLTA qualification)
  • Mel Smith (Training in Art Therapy)
  • Nikki Taylor 
  • Peiling Le (speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, some Japanese) (Certificate to teach Chinese)
  • Will Cook (speaks Italian, some French and Spanish) (CELTA qualification to teach English as a foreign language) (Degree in Illustration, has taught iGCSE D&T in Italy)


During mentor time, students come to the Learning Pod if they need support and practice with reading, handwriting or keyboard skills. In addition a Homework Club operates after school until 3.45pm Monday – Thursday for any student who wishes to have some support with homework tasks.

Please click on link below for Buckinghamshire Local Offer information


 For SEND enquiries please email scook@beaconsfield.school

SEND policy can be found here.