St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Cross Street, Chesterfield, S40 4ST

01246 232170

St Mary's Catholic Primary School

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Welcome to St Mary’s Catholic Primary School SEND Information Report. All schools have a duty to publish information on their websites about the implementation of the policy for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Our school vision statement is:

To build a spiritual community, secure in its love of God and its respect for itself and each other; a dynamic community which is enthusiastic for learning and which embraces the achievement of potential for all.


Our SEND Policy

Visit Derbyshire Local Offer for information for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and their families.

Key People:  (Please see additional information regarding key people in question links below)

Head Teacher – Mrs Nicola Brown

Deputy Head teacher- Mr Alex Downing

SENDCo- Mrs Adele Price

SEND Governor – Mrs Helen Loizou

Our Approach to Teaching Learners with SEND

At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School we ensure that all pupils in our school are equally valued by having equal access to a broad and balanced curriculum which meets individual needs and abilities.

  • We have effective management systems and procedures in place for SEND, taking into account the current Code of Practice (2014)
  • We have successful communication between teachers, children with SEND, parents of SEN children, Teaching Assistants who run groups and outside agencies
  • We acknowledge and draw on parents’ knowledge and expertise in relation to their own child
  • We are committed to developing the knowledge and skills of all the staff to manage the challenges of the range of needs in the school, and to ensure that all support is of high quality
  • We have an effective Individual Education Plan review cycle that allows us to monitor, review and plan for the next steps of development based on the ASSESS PLAN DO REVIEW cycle
  • We ensure that consideration for SEN crosses all curriculum areas and all aspects of teaching and learning

The new Code of Practice 2014 identifies 4 key areas of SEND:

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Mental, and Emotional Health
  • Sensory and /or Physical

We embrace the fact that every child is different, and, therefore, the educational needs of every child is different; this is certainly the case for children with Special Educational Needs.


Identifying the Special Educational Needs of Pupils

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School knows that a pupil has an SEND in a variety of ways.

  • Parents may inform the school prior to or during admission
  • Outside agencies may contact the school prior to / during admission or whilst the child is a pupil at the school
  • Class teacher may identify concerns re progress or behaviours and Senior Leadership Team, SENCo and Teaching Assistants may become involved in a school based programme

It maybe that the school seeks additional information from a screen by a specialist teacher eg a dyslexia assessment, or assessments completed by outside agencies eg; Educational Psychology, Behaviour Support Service, CAMHS, School Health, Paediatricians, Speech and Language Therapists

At different times in their school life, a child or young person may have a special educational need. The Code of Practice 2014 defines SEND as follows:

‘A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special education provision to be made for him or her. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty if he or she:

a) Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others the same age, or

b) Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided



Please click on the questions below for more information about how St Mary’s Catholic Primary School can support your child.

1) Who are the best people to talk to in this school about my child’s difficulties with learning/Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND)?

2) What are the different types of support available for the children with SEND in our school?

3) How can I let the school know that I am concerned about my child’s progress in school?

4) How will the school let me know if they have any concerns about my child’s learning in school?

5) How is extra support allocated to children, and how do they progress in their learning?

6) Who are the other people providing services to children with SEND in this school?

7) How are the teachers in school helped to work with children with SEND, and what training do the teachers have?

8) How will teaching be adapted for my child with SEND?

9) How will my child’s progress be measured in school?

10) What support do we have for you as a parent of a child with SEND?

11) How is St Mary’s Primary School accessible to children with SEND?

12) How will we support your child when they are joining this school? Leaving this school? Or moving to another class?

13) How will we support your child’s emotional and social development?


Complaints Procedure

If a parent or carer has any concerns or complaints regarding the care or welfare of their child, an appointment can be made with the Head Teacher or SENCo, who will be able to advise on formal procedures for complaint. A copy of the policy can be found on the school’s website.