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Specialist Resource Base

Cromer Academy hosts a Key Stage 3 & 4 communication and interaction ‘Specialist Resource Base’ (SRB) that is referred to in school as the Hub. This is part of Norfolk’s Local Offer for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Click here to find out more about the programme.

The base is staffed by a lead SRB teacher and SENDCO, Sarah Pardon, an SRB coordinator and higher level teaching assistant (HLTA), Sharon Jones, and three teaching assistants. We provide placements to children from schools throughout the county who are experiencing difficulties with accessing mainstream education due to their communication and interaction needs. We currently have provision for 15 placements; the students are supported to enable them to attend up to 100% of mainstream lessons. The SRB gives the children opportunities to develop independent learning skills by offering an adapted curriculum designed to enable individuals to manage their barriers and access a mainstream curriculum. 

If you are a parent interested in SRB provision for your child, please speak to the SENCO at their school.

Prior to applying for an SRB placement, the SENDCO at the child’s current school should contact the SENDCO at Cromer Academy either by phone or email. 
Parents should then arrange to visit the SRB and to meet with the SENDCO or SRB Coordinator. 

If parents wish to proceed with a placement application, the SENDCO from Cromer Academy will need to visit, and observe, the child in their current setting prior to the SRB panel meetings arranged, and hosted by the LA. 

Visits can be arranged by appointment via our school office. You can email our SENDCO at and our SRB coordinator at