SEND - Special Educational Needs & Disability

Rebecca Gonyora, Director of Inclusion (MAT), Deputy Regional SEND Lead for East of England and North East London, Tutor National SENDCo Course (NASENCO)

Mrs Cooper, Deputy Head teacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Named  SENCO, Leads pastoral teams and Inclusionemail:

Mrs Gorno, Trainee SENCOemail:

Mrs Dowell (Deputy SENCO) - email: 


We are incredibly proud of what we provide for our students with unique needs, personalities and characteristics. We are a highly inclusive school and this shows in our outcomes. Students with SEN needs do better here than they do in most schools across the country. More importantly, they feel included, are incredibly happy and go on to the right next step after school. How do we do this?

Our SEN support team go above and beyond each day. They ensure all teachers tailor their lessons for these students to include and challenge. They support small groups, one to one, after school, in some group sessions, through reading boosters and much, much more. Nothing is too much to ensure that these students thrive. We regularly work with parents, stay in constant contact and consult to ensure we are doing the right thing for their child. Our team provide a first class support package for our SEN student.

One parent commented on her child leaving in Year 11: “When my son started at Chessington we never thought he could make it through school. Now not only did he get all his qualifications but he is a happy and confident young man. I cry sometimes thinking about what they did at that school. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Wellbeing Room

Chessington School has a student ‘Wellbeing Room’. This calm, quiet and comfortable space will not only be used by our students, but also the school Nurse for ‘drop in clinics’ and the Health Link Worker. The space will be used to positively influence the well-being of all our students at school. I would like to say a huge thank you to Chessington School PTA, and Cort Furniture in Chessington who have kindly donated all the soft furnishings. 

SEN Garden

It is with great thanks that the local community have come together to create a SEN Garden within the grounds of Chessington for three schools to use – Chessington School, Ellingham Primary and St Philips School. The SEN garden is a fantastic addition to our already brilliant range of facilities. It will be a place of investigation, reflection and learning for all our students, and particularly a peaceful sanctuary for SEND students. The links between the outdoors and wellbeing are strongly documented and this area will allow us to develop our provision for all students. It will work as a perfect complement to our wellbeing room and other quiet areas we have created inside the building to allow students to take control of their health and emotions.


SEND policies can be found here: