SEND

Our SENDCo is Miss Helen Mulligan.

For all SEND queries, please email:- hmulligan@hrb.srscmat.co.uk

Our SEND link governor is Mrs. Rebecca Harris

Holy Rosary Catholic Voluntary Academy is an inclusive and caring school.

We are able to offer a range of support for pupils with various SEND. Details of the ‘school offer’ for children with special educational needs and disabilities can be found on our policies page. These documents provide parents with information about how we aim to meet the needs of children with SEND and arrangements for identifying and assessing pupils with SEND.

School Policies

If you would like further information or to access some support, please contact your child’s class teacher as a first point of call or the above staff via the school office.

How do we know if a pupil needs extra help?

At Holy Rosary Catholic Voluntary Academy, early identification of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is a priority.  Initially, concerns may be raised through observations and discussions between parents/carers or staff members working with the child.  The school also largely uses progress measures as a way of identifying that a child requires extra help, and identifying and supporting pupils with SEND is discussed termly at pupil progress meetings between class teachers and the Headteacher.  The signs that class teachers look for and discuss with the school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) are if children under their care:

  • experience communication and/or interaction problems and make little or no progress despite receiving the quality first teaching and a differentiated curriculum
  • make very little or almost no progress over a sustained period despite receiving quality first teaching
  • work at considerably lower than year group and /or age related expectations
  • have profound difficulties in developing English or mathematical foundational skills
  • show persistent social, emotional or behavioural difficulties with impedes their learning
  • have sensory/physical problems, and make little progress despite the provision of specialist support and/or equipment

What should you do if you think my child needs extra support?

If you think your child requires additional support, or may have special educational needs, please make an appointment to discuss these issues, in the first instance, with your child’s class teacher.  They are usually available at the end of each school day or an appointment can be made if you feel you require a longer discussion.  He or she will then work closely with the school’s SENCo to assess your child’s needs as well as ensure quality first teaching and any appropriate interventions are in place.  Class teachers will be in regular conversation with parents/carers to feedback on any strategies put in to place.  The class teacher and/or SENCo may arrange a further meeting with you if they feel that your child may need additional special educational needs support.

In terms of the prospective Reception cohort, we endeavour to make contact with current pre-school provision.  We then work with this setting and the families to identify any new or emerging needs if they are apparent at this stage in their development.  This leads to a supported transition period including teacher discussions, meetings, observations and additional transition visits, if this is feasible.

Staffordshire SEND Family Partnership

SEND Family Partnership (formerly Parent Partnership) is for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0 to 25, with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

SEND Local Offer

We offer information, advice and support about education, health and social care issues to support Staffordshire’s SEND Local Offer.

The Local Offer aims to provide information on what services you can expect from local agencies including education, health and social care. Simply click on the age range that applies to you, or your child if you are a parent or carer.