Special Educational Needs

During their time in statutory education, all children will need support of one kind or another in school. This could mean anything from time spent in hospital, and support from Hospital School, to children who require physical support to access the curriculum in school.

At St Mary's we have a specialist teacher, Mr Edwards, who is not based in class, but whose role is to ensure that all of our children with additional or special educational needs meet their targets and thrive. It is our policy that 'no child is left behind' and we ensure that, by the End of Key Stage 2, all children are successful learners who are prepared for the next chapter of their education at Secondary School (we call this secondary ready). 

To ensure that this takes place, Mr Edwards works closely with the school leadership team, and there is a specific governor, Mrs Angie Moore, who is responsible for Special Educational Needs. We know that 'the St Mary's way' works, because our data shows that, by the end of KS2 all pupil groups are achieving at least the 'expected' standard, if not better.


SEN policy 2018

What can we offer?

Time2Talk Counselling

If your child has a worry or concern, which is preventing them focusing upon their studies, and developing the strong relationships pupils have in Primary School, Mrs Sue Clubb is available in school for counselling. She is a qualified, experienced counsellor, who will make contact with parents and work alongside children to explore and resolve their worries.

Counselling is only available with parental permission, and if you would like to access this for your child, please contact the school office for a permission form.

Speech and Language Therapy

We have a qualified Speech and Language Therapy Assistant in school for half a day, every week. Mrs Dymond is able to help with the assessment of need, and delivery of specialist programmes prepared for pupils in school. She works closely with the local Primary Healthcare Trust, to ensure that all of the children at St Mary's have the support and help they need at the earliest point in their schooling.

Better Reading Stamina


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All Teaching Assistants have been trained in delivering the Better Reading Stamina programme, which ensures that no child falls behind in reading. This programme supports the reading Recovery programme which is delivered in KS1.

Reading Recovery

St Mary's has been delivering the Reading Recovery programme for Years 1 and 2 for ten years now, and we have a long history of success with reading and writing. Mrs Daniels is our brilliant Reading Recovery teacher, who works with 4 children every day (the same four pupils until they complete the programme) to ensure that their reading and writing progress is accelerated, and achievement is secured.

Where pupils stall in KS2, this is followed up by the Better Reading Stamina programme.

If you are interested in this programme, please contact Mrs Daniels or the school office for more information.

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