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Supporting the Curriculum


Mrs Shaw - Speech, Language & Communication Support Assistant

Early intervention is key when providing language support for children who speak no or very little English when they come to Diamond Wood Community Academy. 

Mrs Shaw is our Speech, language and communication support assistant.  Her role is very varied, supporting children throughout the Key Stages with both literacy and language skills including speaking and listening. 

She works with children both in the classroom and in 1-1 sessions. She helps children with ‘English as an Additional Language’ to improve their knowledge of English and she also helps children with their phonics skills. 


Click here for details of our SALT Interventions

Click here for details on iCan, information for parents/carers for children with difficulty speaking


Mandy Farrar - Safeguarding & Wellbeing Officer

Mandy provides pastoral care and support to our children and their families. She is our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.  Mandy will work with any child and family who may need short or long term support whether that is due to issues with attendance, punctuality, behavioural issues, home situations, bereavement or illness. The aim of the support is always to encourage and develop engagement and communication between the school and families. Through this engagement the aim is for the children to feel better supported and more able to access all the learning opportunities available to them at Diamond Wood Community Academy. She also works with families to help and guide them through processes of working with external organisations, such as Early Help, Family Support, School Nursing, Kirklees Young Carers and others agencies.

Mandy is always around early in the morning before the school day begins and can be found in the playgrounds before and after school. She is always willing to listen to any questions, worries, concerns or queries that you may have. Her door is always open.