SEND

SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability) provision at St Benedict’s Catholic High School

We are an inclusive school for students with all abilities and needs.

Students are supported in mainstream classes, small teaching groups, specialist teaching programmes and/or with a bespoke curriculum.

All staff receive additional Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for specific disabilities i.e. visual impairment and autism. A list of the staff in our SEND Department can be found by clicking here.

Senior Teaching Assistants are deployed in classrooms to support individual or small groups of students for all core subjects.

Support is offered for social times – before school, during breaks and after school in several locations according to need.

Student needs currently include autism, visual impairment, cerebral palsy, dyslexia, dyspraxia.

Students have either an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) or are recognised on the SEND register.

Please read our SEND Policy 2017-18, our Local Offer and our additional information pages.

For additional information please contact school on 01946 692275 asking to speak to the SENCo, Mrs Carol Callaway or email directly on carol.callaway@st-benedicts.cumbria.sch.uk

Parents / Carers

Parents / Carers are key people in the lives of our students. We appreciate having a close working relationship with you because you know your children best.

You are invited to contribute to the planning and review meetings for your child three times a year. This can be either be in writing, by telephone or coming into school.

You are always welcome to contact school with any concerns either by phone or email. We can then either have a chat or you can come into school.

Support groups are held monthly for Dyslexia and Autism (Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4).

For students with an EHCP, there will be a key worker identified for your child and you may feel more comfortable making this person your first point of contact.

Key Stage 3

We liaise closely with our feeder Primary schools during Year 6 and for students with an EHCP from year 5 where possible.

All students are screened for reading ability at the end of Year 6 and the beginning of Year 7.

Students are provided with twice weekly SRA (reading recovery) programme if necessary.

ASDAN social skills programme for a small cohort of students who require additional skills in this area.

All students are screened for their Maths age at the beginning of Year 7 and the Catch-Up programme is delivered where necessary.

STA support is provided in some classrooms.

STA offer handwriting, spelling and homework support.

A Shooting Stars after school sports group meets weekly for our SEND students.

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