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St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

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SEND (Special Needs & Disabilities)

Dear Parents, Carers and Children

Welcome to the ‘Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) section of the St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Website.  We hope you enjoy reading about the variety of ways our school is able to support SEND pupils to reach their full potential.

Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is Ms. Hendrick. She can be contacted on 01484 531669 or on email, via the school office on

All Staff at our school are committed to providing the best learning opportunities for all children.  We work with parents, carers and a range of professionals to ensure the best education for all.

Who do I see if I am worried? 

1.  Speak to your child’s class teacher.

2.  If you are still concerned you can make an appointment to meet with the SENCO (Special Educational Needs co-ordinator),  Ms. Hendrick

3.  If you feel matters are still not resolved you can make an appointment to meet with the

  • Head of Key Stage 1 and Assistant Headteacher – Mrs Smith  
  • Head of Key Stage 2  and Assistant Headteacher– Mr Whitehead  
  • Acting Deputy Headteacher and Head of Foundation Stage   – Mrs Reilly
  • Head Teacher    – Dominic Williams      

to discuss your concerns.


Who might work with my Child? 

A range of outside professionals may be called upon to support school in providing the best opportunities for every child including:

  • Speech and Language therapists
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Physical Impairment and Medical Support
  • Hearing Impairment Advisory Teachers
  • Visual Impairment Advisory Teachers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists Autism & Communication Advisors

How do you know if a child needs extra help? 

All children at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School are monitored closely by their Class Teachers. If the Class Teacher has any concerns about the progress or attainment of a child, they will be discussed with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). They may carry out specific assessments to identify any difficulties in more detail and will if necessary refer to external agencies with the consent of Parents.  If Parents have any concerns they should see the Class Teacher in the first instance. Teachers are available at the beginning and end of the day for brief discussions, or an appointment can be made if a more detailed discussion is needed.

How will School support my child? 

Your child’s education will be overseen by their Class Teacher.  Your child may work with Class Teachers, Teaching Assistants or external advisors. They will deliver specific programmes and differentiated class content. This will be explained to Parents by Class Teachers, but further support and clarification can be sought via the SENCO.  Together the class teacher, SENCo and parents/carers are responsible for writing and carrying out your child’s IEP (Individual Education Plan) making sure the appropriate support is in place.  The IEP will also include information from your child’s statement (if one is in place) and/or Health Care Plan details.

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

All class work is differentiated to match the needs of individual learners. Observation, marking and assessment inform planning on a day to day basis to ensure all work is accurately matched to the needs of all children.

How will I know how my child is doing? 

There are Parents evenings in the Autumn and Spring Terms, and reports are written in the Summer Term. In addition to this, children  in receipt of an Education, Health and Care Plan (or statement) will have an Annual Review meeting to inform and plan for next steps. Home School contact books may be used if appropriate. Parent’s information sessions are run regularly to explain key aspects of Literacy and Maths learning.  The dates of these sessions are on the web site and parents may also be informed by text message and newsletters.

What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing? 

In addition to support received for academic subjects, there is pastoral support available through the SENCo and opportunities for any child or parent /carer to talk and work  with a trained member of staff from the Catholic Care Service over any concerns or anxieties.  This is available with Mathew Kearns who comes into school once a week.  We also have a Parent and Family Support Advisor (PFSA) who can work with children and families. Specific plans and support will put into place for children experiencing difficulties with behaviour and those needing medical support or intimate care.

What specialist services are accessed by the School? 

When a child has a specific need, we access Kirklees Council Services such as Educational Psychology and Learning and Behaviour support advisors. We also access advice for physical impairments and medical conditions, including hearing and vision impairments. We can access Speech and Language Therapists, physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists via the NHS when needed.

How accessible is the School environment? 

The School site is all wheelchair accessible. Where there are steps, alternatives are available with ramped areas. There are changing and disabled toilet facilities.

All children have the right to access class trips where ever it is safe for them to do so. For those with additional needs, alternative provision can be made, for example; additional adult support, alternative transport arrangements, or alternative arrangements for the administration of medicines.

How will the School support my child’s transitions to new settings? 

Prior to starting in Reception, children identified as having Special Educational/Disability Needs will have a School Entry Planning Meeting, attended by our Nursery or other pre-school staff, our SENCO and any external professionals involved in supporting your child. We will plan how all concerned can make the transition to School as smooth and easy as possible. For children with medical needs, this will include identifying staff training needs to ensure your child’s needs are fully met, and any potential difficulties identified and solved. All families are invited to sessions in June and July prior to starting school to ensure they are familiar with the staff and setting in advance.

On moving to Secondary School, children in Year 6 with additional needs are discussed with the SENCO at the secondary schools once places have been allocated. Additional visits can be organised within school time, supported by school staff and additional resources made, e.g. Books of photos to ensure your child is familiar with the people and places in their next placement.

Who’s Who? 

We at St Joseph’s welcome everybody into our community and will offer support for you and your family.

Members of our team include:

Mr Dominic Williams    Head Teacher

He is responsible for the day to day running of the school.  Although the whole school team are responsible for making sure your child’s needs are met, he makes sure everyone works together and ensures that all the governors are kept up to date with SEND issues.

Mrs Edel Fleming Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)

She will advise and ensure the school will meet your child’s educational needs, by following the statement and identifying, assessing, monitoring, managing and supporting all aspects of SEN.  She also co-ordinates all specialised support for your child.  Mrs Fleming will ensure all staff are kept up to date with anything that would affect your child, which will allow them to participate in lessons appropriately.  She works in school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday  but can be contacted by e-mail or telephone at any other time.

The Class Teachers

All class teachers will monitor and discuss the next targets on your child’s IEP with Mrs Kitterick, you and your child (if appropriate) regularly at least once every term. They will also write reports for any annual review meetings with the support of the Senco.  This enables staff to deliver the best quality learning environment so your child can flourish. s

Our Teaching Assistants

All our teaching assistants have been trained and some specialise in a particular area for example: Speech & Language narrative groups, Nurture groups, Dyspraxic and dyslexic groups, Social and Communication group work, autism.  Our TA’s work closely with all our class teachers and Senco to be able to work with your child individually or as part of a group.

SEND Governor   Mrs Marsden

Mrs Marsden is responsible for making sure that all necessary support is made for all the children.  She attends Governor’s Meetings and works closely with Mrs Kitterick and voluntarily in school.

We hope these pages have given an insight into SEND issues at St Joseph’s, we believe communication is key in having a good relationship between school and your child.  Should you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact any of us and we will endeavour to talk through and resolve any problems you may have.

What is the Kirklees Local Offer? 

The Local Offer has been developed as part of the new Children and Families Act. It aims to provide information on education, health and social care provision available for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs, in a way that can be accessed quickly and easily.

Who is producing the Local Offer? 

Kirklees Council is working with parents, carers, young people, schools, colleges, early years providers and health services to produce the Local Offer.

What information do schools provide? 

Schools have a duty to provide information about special educational needs that is accessible to pupils, parents and carers.   We need to make sure this information is kept up to date.

Where can I find the Local Offer? 

The Kirklees Local Offer can be found at

This is a work in progress. Kirklees Council and partners are working hard to create a Local Offer that includes links to all relevant information that Kirklees residents would find useful. If you have any suggestions for improvements or ideas about what might help you, contact

Kirklees Council will continue to develop its ‘local offer’ over the coming months; we are committed to embedding inclusive practice and working with parents, carers, young people and professionals to provide something that is meaningful and useful to everyone.

The local offer has been developed with the support of PCAN (Parents of Children with Additional Needs) and the young people’s forum.

We value feedback and comments and would like you to get involved and help us get it right