At Penrice we welcome everyone into our community. Penrice endeavours to make available inclusive provision to ensure that all pupils, including those pupils identified with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), can enjoy and benefit from a broad and balanced education with access to the National Curriculum at an appropriate level, so that they may achieve their full potential.

Core Policies

SEND Team Structure

Senior Team

Mike Merelie

Victoria Challoner
Assistant SENDCo

Amanda Davey
Assistant to the SENDCo

Teaching Staff

Imogen Hunter-Craig
SEND Teacher and Reading/Communication Lead

Lynn Frise
SEND Teacher (Maths)

Jon Scotland
SEND Teacher (Maths)

Martin Carter
SEND Teacher and Reading Recovery

Maria Ball
Reading Recovery Teacher

SEND Specialists

Julia Coyle
SEND Keyworker (Autism Champion)

Hannah Gill
SEND Keyworker (Autism Champion)

Nina Richardson
SEND Keyworker (Autism Champion)

Teela Doorey
SEND Keyworker (Autism Champion)

Sue Wakeling
SEND Keyworker (Literacy)

April Stevenson
SEND Keyworker (Literacy)

1:1 SEND Specialists

Ellie Bennetto
SEND Keyworker

Amanda Chesterfield
SEND Keyworker

Jackie Hatch
SEND Keyworker

Elaine Hyland
SEND Keyworker

Dan Matthews
SEND Keyworker

Other Key Staff

Evans Thomas
Inclusion Support

Marie Thomas
Raising Standards KS4 Manager

Gemma Bentley
Raising Standards KS3 Manager

Jacky Sage
SEND Link Governor

Your SEND Team

Mike Merelie – SENDCo


The main purpose of my role is to monitor and manage the provision made for students with SEND. All children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they:

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

As part of my role at Penrice Academy, I oversee the work of the SEND team, as well as supporting students and their key workers by developing differentiated approaches to learning and general classroom practice. I work alongside subject teachers to ensure they are aware of an individual’s needs and can appropriately differentiate the curriculum, in order to ensure teaching and learning approaches are accessible.

As a team, our aim is to manage the provision made for students with SEND and ensure the best support and interventions are put in place to enable students with SEND to make good progress whilst at Penrice Academy.  Students with Special Educational Needs are given every opportunity to function successfully in both the learning and social environments of the school. We work together as a team and with the rest of the school to provide support and additional help for students where necessary.

All staff have access to the Record of Need and student EHCPs outlining individual student needs and appropriate strategies to use within the classroom environment.

At Penrice Academy the SEND team is made up of 17 experienced members of staff, comprising of an Operational SENDCo, Assistant SENDCo, Assistant to the SENDCo, 5 SEN Keyworkers across literacy and autism, 3 experienced SEND teachers and 5 1:1 SEN Teaching Assistants who support teaching and learning within the mainstream classroom.

We offer a range of strategies, programmes and activities to support students who may find aspects of learning more challenging.  The views of parents and carers are very important to us and we are keen to continue to develop home school partnerships to support our young people with SEND at Penrice Academy.  By working together we aim to make your child’s experience of school a positive one, where they will flourish both pastorally and through exam success.

Please contact the team if you have any concerns or would like to know more about our SEND provision at Penrice Academy.

Victoria Challoner – Assistant SENDCO

( or request via reception switchboard)

The Learning Inclusion Centre (LIC)

Marie Thomas – Head of the Learning Inclusion Centre


Cornwall’s Local Offer

Cornwall’s Local Offer is an information point for families of children and young people with special educational and disabilities (SEND). Find out what services are available and how to access them. For example:

  • The Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessment and planning process
  • Support for young people preparing for adulthood
  • Education, health and social care
  • Childcare
  • And much more, including a range of services from within the public, private and voluntary sectors