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At St Mary's C.E. Primary School there is an ethos in which all members of our school community are actively included regardless of age, gender and gender identity, disability, religion or belief, sexuality or race. 

Our vision for children with special educational needs and disabilities is the same as for all the children at St Mary's, which is that they show compassion, friendship, respect and forgiveness to all so that they are ready to take their place as truthful, trustworthy and hard-working citizens, in a constantly changing world.

We have high expectations of all our children and respect the fact that all children:

  • have different educational and behavioural needs and aspirations
  • require different learning strategies
  • need a range of different teaching experiences
  • communicate their needs in different ways

We aim to remove barriers to learning and participation through good teaching, adaptations in the classroom as needed, enabling every child to experience success and through encouragement, enable them to become independent, lifelong learners. Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator(SENDCo) is Mrs C Clark and our link Governor is Dominic Woodward. Both can be contacted via the school office 01204 886167. 


How will the curriculum be matched to my child's needs?

All children in school receive good teaching. This means that a range of teaching and learning styles are used and appropriate learning objectives are set for all children with a curriculum matched to their needs. All of our year groups are supported by teaching assistants, and pupils can participate in short periods of extra teaching and work that is personalised to what the children need next. 

At St Mary’s Primary School, the progress and attainment of all children is reviewed regularly by class teachers and members of the Senior Leadership Team, at which time provision may be adjusted to meet identified needs. The SENDCo is in contact with all staff regularly, but carries out an official meeting with the class teacher (pupil progress meetings) twice a year, to discuss children in each class that have a SEND and update on their information, progress and reports.


How will both you and I know how my child is doing, and how will you help me support my child's learning?

We will know if a pupil will need help if concerns are raised by parents/carers, teachers, professionals or the child; limited progress is being made; or if there is a change in the pupil's social, emotional, mental health needs or progress.

You will be informed about your child's general progress and targets through the two parents' evenings and annual end of-year report. You will be informed of how your child's learning is assessed and planned and what support you may be able to provide at home.

For pupils at low-level need, parents will also be invited for meetings to review the Assess, Plan, Do, Review (APDR) plan (this is through a longer appointment) and for pupils at high-level need, every term. 

If you are concerned about your child, please contact your child's teacher as soon as possible. You do not have to wait until a parent's evening to talk to a member of staff about your child. The class teacher will inform the SENDCo.

At St Mary’s Primary, we understand that you have a valuable understanding of your child's needs and wishes, and we aim to involve you in every aspect of the decision-making process. Home School Communications Books are used for some children if staff and parents feel that this is appropriate.

Our 'Graduated Approach Provision Map' (link below) sets out how we identify and support children with additional needs and at the heart of everything is communication with our parents.

Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) is a priority to us all here at St Mary's, the support we off our children can be seen in the document (below) we strive to enable all here to flourish, despite any barriers. 

Click on the logo to read the full report:


Graduated Response Provision Map

SEMH Support at St Mary's     Family support for SEND   National SEND guidance   Bury Local SEND offer  Family Support Service (Bury)

Local Authority funding and Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan)

Where provision and support for children exceeds £6,000 per year(per child) and needs are complex, an Education Health and Care Plan may be considered for additional funding. This process is completed by the school and parents are kept up to date throughout the process. An EHC Plan can be applied for at any time, following the Graduated Approach. Parent/carers may also apply via the Local Authority.

An EHCP plan brings together all the professionals that work with your child and ensure that your child's needs are being met as much as possible. This could mean funding extra staff time, special equipment and/or attendance at a school with specialised resourced support. This additional provision will be reviewed annually(Annual Review), or sooner if required, and would normally include parents, class teacher, SENDCo (Mrs C Clark), pupils and other external agencies that work with your child. More details about EHCP plans, personalised budgets and the Annual Review process are available on the local authority website.