Special Educational Needs & Disabilities


Hello, my name is Lesley Tether and I am an Assistant Head Teacher and the lead SENCo at Marriotts School. I have been at Marriotts since 2014, working as part of our Pastoral and Intervention teams.

At Marriotts School we endeavour to deliver an inclusive provision and ensure that all students, including those identified with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), can enjoy and benefit from a broad and balanced education. We are committed to narrowing the attainment gap between SEND and non-SEND students and offer a range of personalised learning interventions/opportunities to support this. We also promote Quality First teaching as outlined in the SEND Code of Practice (2015): 'Special educational provision is underpinned by high quality teaching and is compromised by anything less'. 

We want all our young people to progress so that they:

  • Achieve their best
  • Become confident individuals who can lead fulfilling lives, and
  • Make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training.

I am fortunate to be part of a staff team that are dedicated to ensuring that our students reach and exceed their potential. I also lead a dedicated SEND department consisting of an INCo with responsibility for Access Arrangements, a SENCo for new assessments, an Assistant SENCo for year 6/7 transition and team of teaching assistants. We also have Learning Support Department and two dedicated members of staff who assist students experiencing difficulties with their learning.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions regarding the SEND provision at Marriotts or if you require any help or support . You will also find more details regarding the work we do in our SEN Information Report, there is link for this below.

SEND Policy. This details how Marriotts School addresses any barriers to learning and outlines the inclusion principles of the school. It is supported by the SEN Information Report, Hertfordshire’s Local Offer, and the Hertfordshire Toolkit. Please click here if you would like to view a copy of the policy.

Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Policy. The aim of this policy is to ensure that all children with medical conditions, in terms of both physical and mental health, are properly supported in school so that they can play a full and active role in school life, remain healthy and achieve their academic potential. To view this policy please click here

Accessibility Plan. Marriotts aims to treat all its students fairly and with respect. This involves providing access and opportunities for all students without discrimination of any kind. Our principles and values which relate to equality and inclusion are outlined in this plan and can be viewed here

SEND School Information Report. This is designed to meet the legislative requirements which are set out in schedule 1 of the SEN and Disabilities (SEND) Regulations 2014 and section 6 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability code of practice 0-25 years. The report is a working document and as changes arise, we will record these on here so that our current practice for SEN is transparent to all. Click here.

If you have a concern regarding SEND, please contact Lesley Tether, SENCO. Should you wish to raise a complaint, you are welcome to contact Ms Honnor, Headteacher, via All complaints will be dealt with in line with our Complaints Policy, which can be found on the Policy Page. Click here.