SEND Special Educational Needs and Disabilities at St.Mary's
Respect, Friendship, Courage, Inspiration, Excellence, Equality, Determination
St Mary’s is a very special place. St Mary's is a Level 2 'UNICEF Rights Respecting School. We are committed to ensuring children's voices are heard at St Mary's. We strive to ensure that all 42 rights of the child are unconditional, inalienable and indivisible. Some children at our school have barriers to learning that mean they may require provision that is additional to and different from others. This may be termed as Special Educational Needs.
"My child has learned so much from St. Mary's which he has taken into high school. He is making lots of right choices now. He says he wants to take care of his education and behave, as well as he can, all the time. I can not thank St. Mary's enough. I feel it will reflect positively on him through his future." Parent
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:
Children who have any kind of disability should have special care and support, so they can lead full and independent lives.
Children have the right to say what they think should happen when adults are making decisions about them.
“This is the school I want to send my child to. It lives its values every day. I work across schools across the city and St. Mary’s is the place that will nurture and inspire my child above all others” Educational Psychologist
"I don't know what I would have done without school and am so grateful for the support we have had." Parent
"Leaders are totally committed to ensuring that every member of the school family is welcomed and supported so that they can ‘be the best they can be as God intends’. As a result, the level of support for all pupils and their families is exceptional. This is demonstrated by the extensive work undertaken by senior leaders and the pastoral support team, who work tirelessly to support vulnerable pupils and their families. This reflects the school’s passion which ensures that ‘no child is left behind’, because all are loved by God. The extent to which the school promotes community cohesion cannot be overstated"
St Mary's SIAMS Report 2019
"The children were very enthusiastic about their learning and the value they place on their right to an education came through strongly. They conveyed a sense of empowerment and described a number of ways in which they are active learners including discussion of their targets and peer marking, “We give them a message about what was good and how to improve.” They also described how class charters support them, “It shows that everyone is one family in the class.” Learners requiring additional support have an ‘Article 12 target’ on their Access to Learning Plan to ensure that they have their say properly in the process"
Rights Respecting Schools Award © Unicef UK 2018 unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-school
Useful Links for Families
Young Minds offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.
British Dyslexia Association
The BDA is the voice of dyslexic people. Our vision is that of a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people to reach their potential.
The Ear Foundation
The Ear Foundation is the only national UK charity to support and to provide activities for deaf children and young people with cochlear implants, their families and supporting professionals.
I CAN is the charity that helps children with speech and language difficulties across the UK. The charity works to create a society where their special needs are recognised, understood and met, so that they have the same opportunities in life as other children.
Mencap is the UK's leading learning disability charity working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers.
National Autistic Society
The NAS exists to champion the rights and interests of all people with autism and to ensure that they and their families receive quality services appropriate to their needs.
National Deaf Children's Society
The National Deaf Children’s Society is the only UK charity solely dedicated to providing support, information and advice for deaf children and young people, their families and professionals working with them.
Hypermobility Syndrome Association
Hypermobility Syndrome Association provides specific information for children and their parents to help families who often just don’t know where to turn. We run specialist family programmes, where families can learn together how best to manage the many symptoms relating to hypermobility, gain confidence and ask any questions they may have.