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English Martyrs Catholic Primary School

Walking with Jesus. God's love in action.

Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

At English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, our aim is to enable all of our children to achieve their full potential. We believe that high quality teaching is vital; however, for some children there are occasions when further, additional support may be needed to help them reach their targets.

Our definition of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is when a child has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

Children have a learning disability if they:

  • Have a significant greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age.
  • Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind, generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of Wakefield Local Authority.

Children are not automatically regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language or form of language of their home is different from the language in which they are taught.

Within school, children are being continually assessed and reviewed by their class teacher. Where appropriate,  extra support and advice is given by our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) – Mrs J Handley.

If you would like further information about our commitment to high quality provision for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, you can find our SEND policy on the school website, along with details of the school’s contribution to the Local Offer.

Any parents who have concerns about their child’s education should not hesitate to contact school and make an appointment to speak to Mrs Spencer, the Headteacher, Mrs Kerrigan, the Deputy Head or Mrs J Handley, the SENCo. We are always happy to meet with parents to discuss the progress of their children.


Our contribution to Wakefield's Local Offer for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive academy where every child, no matter what their need, makes good progress and leaves us with the skills needed to succeed during the next phase of their education.


English Martyrs' Mission Statement states:

"We believe that each person is precious and gifted, unique and loved by God. With Christ as our inspiration we work in partnership to create a challenging, effective and exciting learning environment where everyone is encouraged to embrace opportunity."

Therefore, the school believes that, in order to achieve the aims set out in the Mission Statement, special needs should be seen as a whole school issue and the responsibility of everyone; the head teacher, teachers, support assistants, parents/carers and governors. The school believes that all children have the right to a mainstream education where possible, and should be given equal access to learning experiences, regardless of gender, ability, race or background. This education should develop not only their intellectual and social skills but also meet the children’s moral and spiritual needs. We, therefore, intend that the Catholic faith should be central to and permeate all aspects of our Special Needs Policy.


Roles and Responsibilities of the SENDCo
The School’s SENDCo is Jessica Handley.  The SENDCo will coordinate the provision of education for pupils with Special Educational Needs by:

  • Overseeing the day to day operation of the school’s SEND policy.
  • Co-ordinating provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities provision.
  • Overseeing the records of all children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
  • Supporting and advising colleagues.
  • Managing a range of resources, both human and material, to enable appropriate provision to be made for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
  • Contributing to the professional development of all staff.
  • Liaising with parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
  • Liaising with external agencies including the LA’s support and educational psychology services, health and social services and voluntary bodies.