Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
Children learn and develop in different ways. Teachers understand this and so will adapt their teaching in the classroom to cater for the various ways children learn. This means that most children will learn in the classroom without any additional support.
However, sometimes children need additional support to access the curriculum for a variety of reasons and will therefore have a special educational need. Special educational needs arise for a number of reasons. It may be due to a disability which makes it harder for a child to use the same educational facilities that the school provides for the majority of children. For some children there may be a specific difficulty. For example, they may be having problems with reading, maths or behaviour. All special educational needs can be supported with additional provision. At St. Mary's, this additional provision is formalised in a One Page Profile and/or an IEP (Individual Education Plan). These documents outline the support and approaches which will be used with the child.
If this is required, staff at school will liaise with the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) and parents to ensure appropriate provision is put in place and that all involved with the child are working together. If necessary the SENDCo will also complete referrals to specific agencies, for example Speech and Language therapy.
If you have any concerns about your child, please talk to their class teacher in the first instance.
Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo): Mrs. K. Bingley
Contact via: 01525 860206 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Bingley is an experienced SENDCo and is fully qualified, having achieved the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination from the University of Bedfordshire. Mrs. Bingley is also the Headteacher at St. Mary's.
Level 3 Certificate for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordination in the Early Years: Mrs. T. Hayes
Mrs. Hayes, our Nursery Manager, has achieved her Level 3 Certificate for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinators in Early Years and also works alongside Mrs. Bingley to co-ordinate SEND in the Early Years (Nursery and Reception).
Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Governor is:
Mrs. A. Neuff
Special Educational Needs and Disability Documentation:
Please also see our SEND policy and Accessibility Plan 2022-2025 which can be found in the Policies section of our website.
Admission of pupils with SEND:
All children are welcome at St. Mary's, and we will work closely with parents and any other education provider to ensure any child with SEND has all the support they need to succeed at our school.
Pupils who have an Education, Health and Care Plan are admitted to the school which is named on the Education, Health and Care Plan, even if the school is full. Pupils identified for admission through the Fair Access Protocol will also be admitted even if the school is full.
For more information, please see our Admissions Policy here.
Central Bedfordshire Council: SEND Local Offer
Information about Central Bedfordshire Council's SEND Local Offer can be found here:
Alternatively, you can use the QR codes below:
For more information about the Local Offer, please see this video: