Special Educational Needs

At St Luke’s School we do our utmost to support students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities(SEND).

We appreciate that SEND can add a layer of additional anxiety and complexity to attending secondary school.

We try hard to work alongside families to support our students in a way that is as inclusive as possible and which will enable to fulfil their academic potential and prepare them effectively for their next steps.

All the information about how we support students with SEND at the school is contained within our SEND report which is an appendix to our SEND policy below.

The school’s SENDCo is Ms Tamar Busby –

The Head of Learning Support is Mrs Maria Eyre –


You can email the SEND team at


We would invite you to share any concerns, questions or successes as we find that good communication is at the heart of effective provision.

Devon’s Local Offer can be found at


Devon also offers parents an independent, confidential and free SEND support service through Devon Information Advice and Support (DIAS) or tel. 01392 383080.

“Our task is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.” Loris Malaguzzi (1920-1994)

“Thank you very much for all the support you have given me over the years, and may you continue to help support many other students as well.”  St Luke’s Student

“I think the support, understanding and respect that he has received this year at St. Luke’s have been absolutely central to his development and progress.

Thank you for everything.” Parent of a St Luke’s Student

Children in Care (CIC)

Tamar Busby is also Designated Teacher for Children in Care at St Luke’s.

At St Luke’s we work hard to support our Childen in Care and their support network. We also provide additional support to children who are supported through an SGO or who have previously been in care, if this is required. We work closely with Devon Virtual School and with social care. We hold PEP review meetings at least termly for our Children in Care and try to ensure that are able to fulfil their potential and access the widest range of additional opportunities during their time with us.

If you are the parent or carer for a Child in Care you may also want to look at our Disadvantaged Students (Pupil Premium) Strategy

You may also find it helpful to access Devon’s Virtual School which you can do through this link:

English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Ethnic Minority  and Traveller Achievement (EMTA)

St Luke’s is a welcoming school and benefits from having students from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds. Mrs Faye Small (  is responsible for overseeing support for our EAL and EMTA students.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you think we may be able to help you.

We are usually able to arrange interpreter services for meetings once students are on roll with us and we may be able to arrange this for transition meetings if required.

Maria Eyre

Head of Learning Support

View our
SEND Policy

View our
SEND Report

One Minute Guide

One Minute Guide

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Early Help

One Minute Guide
English as an Additional Language (EAL)