Meet the SEND team
Inclusion at Plantsbrook School
- Plantsbrook School is a large, mixed-gender mainstream comprehensive Secondary School, housing around 1300 students, including 250 sixth formers in our brand new state of the art facility. We are proud to be an inclusive school.
- The Inclusion Department, alongside the rest of our staff at Plantsbrook School actively encourages all our students to live out our school motto: ‘Be the best that you can be’ in and out of the classroom. Plantsbrook is unique in the Birmingham area as we are one of the only secondary schools to house a specialist resource base for up to 20 students with visual impairments.
- Supporting students with additional needs is an exceptionally rewarding part of education. We firmly believe that giving our SEND students the right support and tools which enables their barriers to learning to be broken down will positively transform lives.
- The Inclusion department consists of a team of 23 teaching assistants, 15 of whom specialise in working with students with a visual impairment. The department is led by Mrs Lomas the Inclusion Leader/SENCo and is overseen by Ms Orchard (Assistant Head teacher). We have fulltime administration support.
Meet the Inclusion Leader: Mrs A Lomas
Out of work: Spending time with my husband & 3 young children. Skiing. Travelling. Listening to jazz music & playing the saxophone & flute. Socialising with friends.
In work: Helping our SEND students to fulfil our school motto ‘To be the best that you can be’. Also inspiring students to love Science as much as I do!
My teaching & learning specialisms
Since starting at Plantsbrook in 1999, I have taught Science at KS3 & KS4, and Biology at KS5. I have enjoyed being part of our excellent pastoral system, having had many years of experience of being an Achievement Co-ordinator. I became the Leader of Inclusion (SENCo) in September 2015.
My philosophy for inclusion
My main priority is for our SEND children to be happy and safe within their learning environment. To ensure that every child has accessibility to their education no matter what their needs are. To encourage everyone to work as a team around the child ensuring they are able to fulfil their potential.
Meet the Inclusion Admin Manager: Mrs C White
I enjoy spending time with my children, walking my dog and running.
My role is to take care of the administration
side of the Inclusion team, making sure all paperwork and systems are up to date.
My philosophy for inclusion
I believe that all children should be treated equally, regardless of their ability. They should be provided with a positive environment in which they can test and challenge themselves, to encourage them to be the very best that they can be.