SEN Trust Southend opened as a formal partnership on 1 September 2017. The four special schools, The St. Christopher School, Kingsdown School, Lancaster School and St. Nicholas School have always worked closely together to create a strong group of special schools which aim to meet the majority of needs of those pupils who require specialist support in a specialist educational school with Southend. We have created the Multi-Academy Trust to help us continue this work.
SEN Trust Southend works closely with the Local Authority and importantly with parents and carers to meet the needs outlined in the Education Health Care Plans for those young people who need additional support and guidance to enable them to progress and whose needs are such that mainstream schools cannot provide for them.
The four schools retain their own identity and meet the needs of different groups of pupils but work together on training, development, leadership and governance. We will continue to work together to develop systems which can be shared across the schools, enabling them to continue to be good and outstanding provisions.
Each school has its own Headteacher and local Governing Body but there is also an overall Trust Board with Trustees and Members who have overall responsibility for the quality of education across the four schools. The Trust has an Executive Headteacher, Mrs Jackie Mullan, who works part time in this role, to enable the partnership to work closely together and continue to meet the needs of the pupils within the area.