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SEN/EAL/Access Arrangements Support

At St Mary Redcliffe Sixth Form we are committed to supporting all students with additional needs and promote equality and diversity to ensure that our academic and pastoral provision is inclusive. We work closely with local secondary schools to transfer SEND information to ensure a smooth transition for learners with additional needs and students are encouraged to raise any history of need with the college enrolment and induction team to establish SEND provision from the start.   

In some cases, additional learning needs are identified during students’ time at SMRT Sixth Form, and the learning support team will liaise closely with teachers to ensure that students identified as having SEND needs are fully included within the college.   

SEND support available to students in the Sixth Form includes:  

  • Drop-in SEND / exam access arrangements sessions  

  • Autistic students’ social group   

  • Organisation and study skills intervention  

  • Exam troubleshooter intervention   

  • Assessment of need or signposting / referrals to assessing bodies as appropriate   

Exam Access Arrangements

Exam Access Arrangements (EAA) are the reasonable adjustments that can be made for students to make exams more accessible for students with special educational needs and are agreed before an assessment/exam takes place. They allow learners with SEND or temporary injuries to access the assessment​ and show what they know and can do without changing the demands of the assessment.   

EAAs can be put in place if it’s the student’s ‘normal way of working’ during everyday lessons and should reflect the support a student has been receiving over the last few years, as well as assessment test results. ​ Assessment for EAAs are based on a teacher referral system and are subject to stringent regulations set by the Joint Council For Qualifications - see this document for more details.

Any student who comes to SMRT with EAAs already in place from their previous school will be entitled to access their existing arrangements, as long as they continue to meet the criteria and evidence required for these. Students are encouraged to provide this information during the enrolment/induction period to inform teachers and ensure a smooth transition.  

Learning Support Contacts

If you are a parent/carer and have any concerns or queries relating to your young person’s SEND please contact Learning Support. 

If you are a student at Sixth Form, please come to one of the Wednesday lunchtime SEND/EAA drop-in sessions in room 305.  


Contact us

St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School
Somerset Square, Bristol, BS1 6RT

0117 3772100