Totternhoe C.E. Academy

With God’s love, we seek adventure with our minds and find a home for our hearts


The SEND Local Offer website has all the local services to help. Find out what is on offer from Central Bedfordshire Council by clicking the link below:
New Local Offer Website


Miss Needham (NASENCO)

Assistant SENCO Early Years

Mrs R Waters


Early Help support and advice

Mrs Colomb & Miss Fox


For more information about the curriculum for our SEND learners please contact Miss Needham via the school office. 

Totternhoe is a fully inclusive school. We firmly believe that all children can make great individual progress and do so in a supportive happy community. Admissions are dealt with by the Local Authority (please see the admissions tab). If your child already has an EHCP, please ask your SENCO to call an interim review where we can discuss your child's needs and whether Totternhoe will be the best setting to meet those needs. 

We work closely with families and actively encourage parents and carers to come into school to meet with class teachers and Miss Needham (SENCO) and Mrs Waters (Assistant SENCO). We hold Individual Education Plan meetings termly where SMART targets are set with you and your child.  Our open-door policy means we can meet more regularly if your child's needs are greater. It can take up to 8 weeks for a request for a referral to be actioned and your class teacher will work on this with you. 

At Totternhoe we will not tolerate any form of discrimination and actively promote to our children that everyone is different and we all learn in different ways and at different speeds. Reasonable adjustments are put in place in conjunction with parents to ensure that everyone is successful and happy at school. We will always act on concerns from pupils and/ or parents and want to work with you every step of the way. 

We are currently looking at improving our site to be more wheelchair friendly with a ramp at the front entrance to the school. 

Intervention groups 

At Totternhoe it is part of school life to sometimes be a part of a group in addition to lessons. We strive to extend, stretch and support all children's learning and development to achieve a greater depth of understanding. 

A letter is sent home each term informing parents/carers if their child is part of an intervention group. If you would like more detail please speak to your child's class teacher. 

SEND Parent/ Carer Drop-Ins

If you have a concern, or would just like to chat to Miss Needham or Mrs Waters, we will be hosting half-termly drop-ins specifically for those of you with a child who has  SEND or who may have SEND. 
SEND drop-in dates will be posted on ClassDojo.



We are a free, impartial and confidential service offering young people with SEND and their families information or support around all aspects of SEND.   Visit our new, independent website packed full of information which we hope is useful to young people and their families as well as professionals.
We are now running an “Ask SENDIASS” session for young people with SEND and their families to discuss their queries and concerns with a SENDIASS officer.  This will run alongside our normal access routes into the service and we hope to get back a version of our more traditional face to face drop-ins next academic year.
We are always looking for more volunteers to support the service in various ways. Interested? 
Click here for more information about the independent advisory service.


SNAP Parent Carer Forum 

Click here for more information
There are a number of useful information booklets that you can access here.
or contact them:


Please see below flyer for the Central Bedforshire Council SEND Parent and Young Person Partnership Service information, advice & support Spring Term Drop Ins held in local Children’s Centres together with a leaflet regarding our service.  
Further information regarding our service is available online via Central Bedfordshire Local Offer:
 CBC SEND Parent & Young Person Partnership Service
Direct Dial: 0300 300 8088

Autism Bedfordshire

Please see the following information for parents/carers from Autism Bedfordshire:

Diagnosis Support Pack

Please see below information about a new Diagnosis Support Pack (DSP) for families (and professionals).


Families have described the experience of their child receiving a neurodiversity diagnosis (e.g. Autism or ADHD) as ‘like a bereavement’ and following the lengthy diagnosis process are left with little information, or understanding of ‘what next?’  They told us that a 'one-stop shop' for information, resources and signposting following a diagnosis would be really useful, and they would like this information to be accessible and from a trusted source. 

The Diagnosis Support Pack (DSP) has been coproduced by families for families following a diagnosis of a neurodiversity, and contains information, resources and signposting in a variety of media (video's, infographics, animations), split into 14 sections - from sleep to medication, and lots more.


The pack has been co-produced with the help of parents, young people, local Parent Carer Forums, CAMHS, Education Psychology and other key partners.

The DSP covers the following topics:

1.         Introduction

2.         Positives of Neuro-diversities

3.         Holistic Approach

4.         What to expect at your appointment

5.         Sleep

6.         Medication

7.         Talking about a diagnosis

8.         Sensory Processing Needs

9.         Mental Heath

10.      Supporting Social Communication Development in Autism

11.      Best Practice Guide – for professionals

12.      Contact Information and Resources

13.      Jargon Buster

14.      Printable resources and links

All pages have been made easy to follow, with links that that guide you through the pack.  As well as making the pack informative and useful, it was important to us that the pack uplifts people and celebrates neurodiversity. We know many families find receiving a diagnosis a challenging time, but empowering messages and having positive role models are so important to help parents/carers and young people on their journey.


The weblink to the Diagnosis Support Pack is: or by scanning on the QR Code.