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SEND Student Support Department

The Belvedere Academy’s Student Support Department is dedicated to ensuring that whole-school inclusive practices are adopted by all staff to achieve a fully inclusive culture. The academy creates an environment of high expectations and aspirations for all of our students and encourages all to achieve their full potential.

We pride ourselves in recognising and responding to the diversity of students’ needs, a solution-focused attitude and an excellent partnership with students, parents/carers, staff and outside agencies. SEND is everybody’s concern at the Belvedere Academy. All teaching staff are committed to providing an ambitious and aspirational learning experience to all of our students, including those with SEND and Pupil Premium. Our teaching staff are well-trained and confident in catering for all students across the ability range.

The Student Support Department supports our students by offering both in-class support and specialist withdrawal to support literacy and numeracy. We also contribute to the academy’s enrichment programme by running clubs that enhance the wellbeing and the learning of students.

The emotional well-being of students is vital not only for their academic achievements, but also so that they can flourish personally. The team consists of two fully qualified counsellors (p/t) and we offer support through wellbeing practitioners from CAMHS/YPAS on site.  

We also recognise that at times families may need additional support for a range of needs so we fund an external support service entitled “Schools Family Support”. We have a dedicated family worker that offers excellent advice and guidance to families on a personalised short term basis.


Department Staff

Mrs J. Marshall – Senior Assistant Vice Principal, Head of Student Support

Ms K. Thelen – SENCO and Deputy Student Support Manager

Miss T. Beresford - Learning Support Assistant

Mrs E. Gillies - Teaching Assistant

Miss E. Luong - Teaching Assistant

Mrs C. Currie - Higher Level Teaching Assistant - Maths

Mrs S. Ayers - School Counsellor (p/t)

Miss G. Hill – School Counsellor (p/t)

Ms K. McGrath - School Counsellor (p/t)


You can find both, our SEND Policy and our SEND Information Report at the bottom of this page.

You can find other information about the department in Liverpool’s Local Offer https://www.liverpool.gov.uk/localoffer.

General government guidelines can be accessed here: SEND: guide for parents and carers https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-guide-for-parents-and-carers

If you have any further enquiries relating to the Inclusion department, please contact:

Mrs. Marshall at j.marshall@belvedereacademy.net or

Ms. Thelen at k.thelen@belvedereacademy.net

Tel: 0151 727 1284


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