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From September 2014 schools are required to produce a 'School Offer' explaining to parents and carers the facilities and services available to support children with special educational needs and / or disabilities.

The Local Offer will enable parents and carers to see more clearly the range of provision available and give greater choice and control over the support children and young people will receive. It places the parent and child at the centre of the process. For more information about the Local Offer please visit:


At Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College (FBEC) we strive to ensure full entitlement and access for SEND pupils to high quality education within a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum (including access to the National Curriculum) so that they can reach their full potential and enhance their self-esteem.

Meeting individual needs

The College's core curriculum is inclusive and differentiated and thereby allows most pupils to achieve their potential without additional support, i.e. the curriculum is based on the principles of:

*setting suitable learning challenges;
*responding to pupils' diverse learning needs;
*overcoming potential barriers to learning.

However, there are sometimes circumstances in which some additional/different action is needed, if pupils with special educational needs are to make adequate progress. FBEC is committed to identifying and assessing pupils with SEND as early as is possible and necessary. This ensures that each child is provided with the appropriate support and can access one of our many interventions, which, are based on the following four areas of need:
*Communication and interaction
*Cognition and learning
*Social, mental and emotional health
*Senory and/or Physical.

The progress of the children who participate in these interventions are regularly monitored by the Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) to ensure maximum impact.

FBEC SMSC Policy (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Policy)


Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College is an inclusive school and works closely with outside agencies to ensure we are able to provide the correct support for each individual need.

Durham County Council school admissions

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Equal Opportunities

FBEC Equality,Diversity and Cohesion Policy


Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College has high ambitions for its students with disabilities and we will aim to provide the correct environment for them to participate and achieve in every aspect of school life

Staff Expertise

The Learning Support Department at FBEC consists of the SENCo and two Learning Support Assistants. We are also fortunate to have a specialist English Support Assistant and a Numeracy Support Assistant.The school also has a Learning Support Centre which provides an inclusive learning environment when a child may need support away from the classroom. We have expertise in the following areas:

*Additional Literacy Support Programme
*Numeracy Support Programme
*Handwriting Support - Speed Up! Programme
*Social, Emotional and Behavioural Support Progammes
*Transition Support Prgramme - Leap Group!

Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College has a strong pastoral team which is overseen by Mr T Pinkney, Deputy Head Teacher. If you would like further information about SEND at FBEC please contact the school on 01740 651554 and ask to speak to one of the following members of staff:

Mr K Brennan - Head Teacher
Mr T Pinkney - Deputy Head Teacher
Mrs G Bowden - Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.



Please click here to view the school's distribution of notional funding.

Compliments and Complaints

Here at FBEC we are constantly striving to improve our provision.

Please tell us what we are doing right and with regards to complaints, please contact the school office.






The Eden Learning Trust is an exempt charity. It is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company registration number 10980753. Registered Office Address: The Eden Learning Trust, Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College, Merrington Road, Ferryhill, County Durham, DL17 8RW. © Copyright FBEC 2020.