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Special Needs

Our SENDCo : Mrs Louise Brown


A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.

A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

  • has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or

  • has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions

    For children aged two or more, special educational provision is educational or training provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age by mainstream schools, maintained nursery schools, mainstream post-16 institutions or by relevant early years providers. For a child under two years of age, special educational provision means educational provision of any kind.

(Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 0-25 years January 2015: p16-16)


We are a fully inclusive school and do our best to provide for children with a variety of needs, including: ASD, ADHD, SEMH, communication needs, speech and language, physical needs, attachment and global delay. Due to our inclusivity, all children with SEND needs are able to engage with all activities alongside children who do not have SEND.


To make information easily accessible for parents we have set out below frequently asked questions, together with answers to help and inform you.  This is supported by the Plymouth SEND team.



12.03.19 – Cerebra Preschool – Sleep workshop. Plymouth Guildhall 10am-2pm

A workshop for parents and carers looking at sleep strategies for preschool children


29.04.19 – Primary Behaviour toolkit.  Plymouth Guildhall 9.30am-2.30pm

For parents and carers (they can bring a professional with them if they wish to).  Toolkit written by James Cook from the CDC


04.06.19 – Cerebra Primary – Sleep workshop.  Plymouth Guildhall 10am-2pm. 

A workshop for parents and carers looking at sleep strategies for primary school children

SEND Local Authority audit report

Other useful documents

SEND conference

School Motto

‘Love, Forgiveness, Courage, Hope, Trust, Spirit’

Mission Statement

‘let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’ Matthew 5:16

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