School Offer for SEND

At St Mary’s, we strive to support all our children and enable them to reach their full potential at school. In order to do this, many steps are taken to support them through their learning journey. Quality teaching is vital; however, for some children there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their targets.

Please click on the document below  to see what support you can expect and read further information.

Bath and North East Somerset’s SEND ‘Local Offer’ can be found by clicking here.

SEND - School Offer September 2017

At St Mary’s, we use the Thrive approach, which provides a way of understanding and addressing the emotional and social development of all children. It is based on neurological evidence which addresses brain development so that all children learn to regulate their emotional responses, develop resilience and manage disappointment and frustration. It’s a dynamic, developmental approach, which helps teachers and other adults to interpret children’s’ behaviour and address their emotional needs. Every child needs to feel that they belong, that they matter and that they are valued for their unique qualities.

The Thrive approach has four guiding principles:

  • Every child is a unique person, constantly developing and learning in different ways and at different rates, each with their own abilities, talents and potential to be fulfilled.
  • Children’s healthy development, emotional wellbeing and learning are crucially dependent upon, and promoted through, positive relationships
  • Children flourish when they are confident, self-assured, capable and resilient
  • Children thrive in enabling environments, in which their individual development, learning experiences and needs are understood, responded to and supported through strong partnerships with parents/carers.

What are the benefits of Thrive?

  • It teaches the understanding of children’s behaviour as communication improves learning skills and leads to greater attainment
  • It promotes productive learning for all children
  • It creates practical strategies that can be implemented straight away
  • It supports and empowers, providing the confidence and competence to work with challenging and vulnerable children, and with parents and integrated teams
  • It leads to better relationships at home and at school
  • It provides ongoing support through a peer group of fellow trainees
  • The approach is targeted, rigorous and measured

'The Lodge' is our newly refurbished nurture space

Admission Arrangements for Children with Disabilities

The arrangements for the admission of pupils with Special Needs or disabilities to gain admission as pupils to St Mary’s fall within our duties under the Equality Act 2010 and are the same as those applied to all pupils. Admission is in the first instance arranged by application to the Local Education Authority. If successful, St Mary’s then receives notification that a child has been allocated a place.

St Mary’s will take steps to prevent disabled pupils from being treated less favourably than other pupils. We will use our best endeavours to ensure that no child is unable to attend St Mary’s because of any special need or disability. In order to promote equality of opportunity for disabled children we will make reasonable adjustments (including the provision of auxiliary aids and services) to prevent them being put under a disadvantage.

In practice we ensure that classroom and extra-curricular activities encourage the participation of all pupils, including those categorised as having special educational needs or disability.  Staff organise human and physical resources within the school to increase access to learning and participation by all pupils.

Please also see St Mary’s ‘Accessibility Plan