SEND & Inclusion

At St Mary’s, our aim is to enable all of our children to have access to a balanced and broad curriculum to enable them to achieve their full potential. We believe that high quality teaching is vital for all; however, for some children there are occasions when further, additional support may be needed to help them make progress.

‘All children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they:

  • Achieve their best;
  • Become confident individuals living fulfilling lives, and;
  • Make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training.’

SEND Code of Practice 2015.

There are four broad areas of SEN need outlined in the SEND Code of Practice 2015 :

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  • Sensory and/or Physical.

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 North Yorkshire 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.

In order to meet the needs of your child we may, with your full consent, ask other services and professionals for their support. These services may include the Educational Psychologist, the Behaviour Advisory Teacher, a Speech and Language Therapist and the Sensory and Physical Support Service (SAPTS).

Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is Mrs Laura Geldard.

To contact our SENCO call the school office on 01757 706616 or email

The governing bodies of maintained schools and maintained nursery schools and the proprietors of academy schools must publish information on their websites about the implementation on the proprietor’s policy for pupils with SEN. The information published should be updated annually and any changes to the information occurring during the year should be updated as soon as possible.  The information required is set out in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 and reflects the information required for the local offer.



SEND Policy 2324

SEND information report 23

Accessibility Plan 

Equalities Policy 2023

Equality Objectives 2023-2027


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