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The Ark

Welcome to Fleetdown Primary Academy’s SEN department entitled The Ark.


Our team consists of:


Mrs Toniann Braniff - SENCO (

Mrs Michaela Tyrell - Teacher of the Deaf (
Mrs Vicky Yates – Pupil Support Worker/ Nurture HLTA 
Mrs Maria Burns - Speech & Language HLTA

Mrs Sarah Kingsland - Nuture TA


At Fleetdown Primary Academy, we promote the abilities and achievements of all our pupils.  The staff work hard to ensure that all children receive the best teaching and learning experiences in order to help them achieve their very best.


Events and Support for Parents


We believe it is really important that parents feel supported and have regular opportunities to talk to the SEN team about their child and SEN provision at Fleetdown. We hold our SEN Parent forum four times a year and coffee afternoons for parents of children with SEN every half term. There will often be guest speakers joining us to offer advice and answer questions, as well as an opportunity for tea, coffee and biscuits and a chat. The Ark SEN team will also be in attendance to answer any questions or queries you may have. Everyone is welcome to come to these coffee afternoons (but please let us know if you are attending so that we can accommodate numbers). In addition, there will sometimes be training opportunities and courses for parents run at Fleetdown, which we welcome all parents to attend as well. This page with also be regularly updated with external events, such as those run by BEAM or Ifield Smile Centre.




Parent SEN Forum – Dates Coming Soon


The Ark Coffee Mornings – 1st Tuesday of every half term at 9am


Further support (please see further information below):


Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Information for families in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley booklet


Beams is a local charity which provides support for children with disabilities and their families. They run parent support groups and a Fathers' club to provide support and guidance for fathers and grandfathers of children with Autism. Please visit the Beams website for further information about the support they offer, upcoming events and training opportunities for parents Also, please see information about the parent support group dates and Fathers' club below.


Early Help –Early Help provide support at home and access to additional services. Early Help will also work with the school to ensure children are able to access their education. Please speak to The Ark for a referral


The Ifield Smile Centre, Gravesend offers support for parents, as well as courses and training. Please visit the following link for further information:


Together Everyone Achieves More