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Settlebeck School 

Settlebeck School is a very small fully comprehensive, inclusive, 11-16 school in Sedbergh. The school serves a wide rural catchment area from Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales, to the town of Kendal and many villages and hamlets in between. We are a member of the South Lakes Federation. 

Settlebeck is proud of its status as a strategically resourced provision for students with Autism.

We are highly ambitious for all our students, whatever their ability, whether they have or may have special educational needs.  At Settlebeck, we believe all students are entitled to high quality teaching and learning, the most appropriate curriculum offer and the best guidance.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Sarah Campbell
Contact Position
015396 20383 (Phone)
015396 21024 (Fax)
Settlebeck School

Where to go

Settlebeck School
Long Lane
LA10 5AL

Local Offer


Settlebeck School is a vibrant, happy school where children of all academic abilities thrive.  There is a strong sense of community spirit and the ethos of the school ensures that children learn within a supportive ‘family feel’ environment. Warm and honest relationships are at the heart of our work and this genuine mutual respect ensures that all member our community are valued and successful.  

We are committed to truly inclusive education and are extremely proud of our designation as a resourced provision for young people with autistic spectrum condition. Our highly experienced Learning Support Team provide excellent support for students with a wide range of needs but are have particular expertise in supporting those with autism. Our inclusive, personalised approach enables our young people to achieve a range of qualifications including ASDAN, Open Awards, Functional Skills, Entry Level and GCSE.

Our SENDCo, Liam Richardson, works closely with our feeder primary schools and other professionals to ensure that transition from primary to secondary, or between secondary schools is as successful as possible. We also work very closely with a wide range of agencies to ensure that students with SEND move onto further education, apprenticeships or employment.

Contact Name
Mr Liam Richardson (SENCO)
Contact Telephone
015396 20383
Contact Email
SEN Information
SEND Policy
Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-15 years)

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

Prior to the start of Year 7 we work with the information provided by primary schools and other professionals. Some students may already have been identified as having a Special Educational Need.

At the start of Year 7 we assess all out students using the Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs), the National Group Reading and Spelling Tests (NGRT, NGST) and Progress Maths Test (PTM) This, along with SATS information and detailed information from our primary schools, provides us with useful information about each child and their abilities.

Our SENCO and Headteacher analyse this information carefully in order to identify students who may require targeted support, and any other student who may need further assessment.

During Year 7, 8 and 9 we continue to use literacy tests, the Progress Maths test and teacher assessments to monitor the progress of all our students and to identify support where it is needed.

There are many points in the year where we evaluate the progress of all our students and assess their ongoing needs. Where teachers have a concern about the progress made by a student in a specific subject area they may carry out some subject specific intervention. Where there are persistent concerns, teachers liaise with the SENCO and other colleagues. If there is sufficient concern, the SENCO will then consider the next steps. It may be appropriate for some students to undergo further assessments.

If a parent/carer has concerns they should contact Liam Richardson, SENCO directly to discuss. 

Last updated: 04/05/2021
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