Speech & Language

Speech, language and communication is central to all we do at Winchelsea School. We have an on-site Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT) team made up of therapists and therapy assistants. The SaLT team work collaboratively with school staff, families and external professionals to support speech, language, communication and feeding needs of our students. Speech and language therapy is embedded throughout the curriculum and school environment.

Our aim is to maximise every student’s functional communication skills and to maximise the Total Communication environment within school. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is widely used across the school. We strive to promote the effective use of visuals, signing and AAC alongside speaking.

Within our service, students will go through a process of assessment, goal setting and therapeutic intervention. Therapeutic intervention could be direct therapy in one-to-one or group sessions. Therapeutic support is also provided indirectly through creating and monitoring therapy programmes which are delivered to students by classroom staff who support the students daily. Therapy is delivered in ‘waves’, which are different levels of intervention and are determined by the student’s level of need.

Specialist accredited training on supporting communication needs is provided by the SaLT team using Elklan. Therapy programmes and sessions are important, however, the education of staff working with the students has proved to be of great value and additionally improves the effectiveness of any therapy input. 

The communication journey of a student at Winchelsea can be from teaching the early attention skills needed to engage in social interactions and learning, to supporting students with their language and social skills to support them to be successful in college and adult life beyond their time with us. The SaLT team are here to support our students every step along their communication journey.

End of the Year!

16 Jul 2020

Hi everyone, Just a last check in from me for a couple of weeks!  I have today written to you all about a few things. Please don't worry over the holiday about September. I will be back in touch...

Safeguarding - Summer Holiday

13 Jul 2020

As we begin the summer holiday, please see below for some advice and guidance regarding safeguarding - Summer Holiday Safeguarding Regards,Geoff CherrillHeadteacher

Checking in...

03 Jul 2020

Hi everyone! I hope you are all ok. I know that this is turning into quite a challenging time for some of you, so if you need anything, please let us know! Just a quick update -  1. We are all re...

Checking in...

18 Jun 2020

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing ok. I know this is turning into an extremely challenging time for lots of you.  It's been great to see so many of the children over the last couple of weeks....


09 Jun 2020

Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping safe! Just to let you know that now all staff are back in school , we will no longer be opening the school gate over the weekends. Obviously, many of the restri...

Parent Guidance - 3rd June 2020

03 Jun 2020

The latest DfE Guidance for Parents & Carers can be found here -  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educ...

Term Dates 2020 - 2021

02 Jun 2020

Term Dates for 2020 - 2021 can be found here -  https://winchelseas.schoolzineplus.co.uk/term-dates Regards,Geoff CherrillHeadteacher


02 Jun 2020

The following is some guidance from the NSPCC - Home isn’t always a safe place. Schools closing could put some children at greater risk of abuse and neglect and that’s why we’re sup...

Parents Evening - 9th July 2020

01 Jun 2020

Please be aware that we WILL NOT be holding Parents Evening on Thursday 9th July. Regards,Geoff CherrillHeadteacher

Update - 21st May

21 May 2020

Good morning everyone! We now have a plan for after half-term! Your Class Teachers will be contacting you shortly to provide some details. If you have a missed call, please do not contact Reception as...