Middleton St Mary's CE (VC) Primary School

Believe, belong, achieve

Moor Flatts Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 3SW

0113 2717206


Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)


Mrs Aston is the school's SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) as well as being Deputy Head. She oversees the provision of learning for children with SEND.

She is available to discuss your child's needs by arranging an appointment with the school office:

01132 717206.

Mrs Willetts is the Assistant SENCo. 

SEND Information Report

The information below has been updated for September 2020. Our full SEND information report for parents/ carers can be viewed and downloaded from the menu bar at the bottom of this page.


Leeds City Council Local Offer For Pupils With Special Educational Needs & Disabilities



Supporting Children with SEND after COVID-19 School Closure

  • During the COVID-19 school closure, subject leaders have been developing the curriculum to take into account prior learning and next steps. This will better enable teachers to identify and plug gaps in learning
  • Teachers, pastoral staff and the SENCo have been meeting face to face and via Zoom to share information about individual needs
  • Our school inclusion register has been updated for the September 2020 classes and has been shared with teachers
  • Support plans have been checked to ensure that they continue to be appropriate for individual children
  • Additional teachers have been recruited to provide further support to children in key year groups
  •  An Assistant SENCo has been appointed and will begin monitoring support plans as soon as children return to school 
  • We anticipate that many children will have experienced increased anxiety during the closure and may well be anxious about their return to school, we have appointed a full time Wellbeing Mentor to offer targeted support


Our Approach to Teaching Children with SEND at Middleton St Mary's  

At Middleton St Mary’s we believe that all children are entitled to an education, which is appropriate to their needs, promotes high standards and enables them to fulfill their potential. The diversity of our school community is cherished and we celebrate the individual abilities, talents and personalities of all our children. We aim for all of our children to achieve their best and be confident individuals ready to make transitions in their lives through to adulthood. 

We believe that high quality teaching that is differentiated and personalised will meet the additional needs of most children. However, some children will need provision which is additional and different to this. Special Educational Provision is underpinned by high quality teaching and is compromised by anything less. In supporting children with SEND we are, as with all children, committed to building confidence, resilience and independence. We aim for our children to have a broad and balanced curriculum and strive to include children across the curriculum, rather than narrowing their school experiences.


What Are the Admission Arrangements for Children with SEND? 

Middleton St Mary’s is an inclusive school and believes that every child, where possible should be able to have their needs met within our school provision. Where appropriate children will have an individualised transition into our school. This will be designed by listening to parents/ carers and the child. We will also consult with any previous setting attended and any professionals involved with the child.

Please follow the link to see our admission arrangements;  https://www.middletonstmarys.co.uk/key-information/admissions


What Steps Do We Take to Ensure That Children with SEND are Not Treated Less Favourably? 

  • We ensure that our building is accessible
  • Seek advice and information from parents/ carers
  • Have an anticipatory approach, planning in advance for individual requirements
  • We differentiate learning so that it is appropriate to the needs of children
  • We make adjustments to the environment to accommodate the needs of children
  • External professionals are consulted when additional expertise is required by school or families 
  • Additional resources are used where appropriate
  • Children with SEND have increased access to pastoral support, where it is appropriate
  • Information regarding SEND needs is shared in school appropriately
  • We have regular staff training linked to the specific needs of children
  • Where appropriate, Individual Risk Assessments (IPRAs) are written and followed, to ensure that children with SEND are included in all areas of school life- including educational visits


How Accessible is the School?

  • The school is on one floor throughout, with wide corridors and double doors
  • Classrooms are relatively small and consideration is needed where children have mobility issues or physical disability
  • The school has 3 disabled toilets and an area in nursery for changing
  • We have a sensory room, a nurture provision and a safe space provision
  • There are a number of rooms in school where children can work in a more quiet space
  • Staff have regular training on improving access to the classroom environment and curriculum

Please also see our accessibility plan under General Policies https://www.middletonstmarys.co.uk/key-information/policies


What Type of SENDs do we Make Provision for?

Our school has above national average numbers of children with Special Educational needs. We make provision for children who have needs within four broad areas. At present our school is making provision for children with the following needs;

  • Communication and Interaction - Speech, sound and vocabulary development, Autism 
  • Cognition and learning- Global delay, delay in specific areas of learning, delay in all areas of learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health- ADHD, Attachment difficulties, Anxiety, Trauma
  • Physical/ Sensory- Hearing impaired, Difficulties linked to diagnosed conditions, Intimate care 

We would always aim to meet children's needs and as such, the above list is changeable- depending on the school SEND population.


How Does the School Identify if a Child has SEND?

Teachers and teaching assistants monitor children very closely throughout each school day and over time. Similarly, parents/ carers have huge insight into their child's needs. When it is felt that a child is experiencing some difficulty, by either school or home, this will be discussed. This does NOT mean that a child has SEND. However, if over time a child's difficulty requires additional and different support to that of most children of the same age and/ or they have a significant, greater difficulty learning than most other children of the same age- they may be identified as SEND. As school and parents/carers have open discussions from an early stage, neither should feel uninformed about concerns. It is also important that we enable the child to communicate how they feel about their needs in school. 

How Does School Assess and Review the Progress of Children With SEND? 

At Middleton St Mary's, when a child is identified as SEND, they had an individual plan. This will usually be written by the teacher, but in some cases is written by an external agency such as the Speech Therapy Service.

Progress is monitored by class teachers and discussed with parents. Where children make smaller steps of progress, we use an assessment system called B Squared, which helps teachers to identify targets which are challenging but achievable. Classroom staff also use the methods identified in the previous section to inform their assessments.

Sometimes children's targets are written by external agencies such as Speech Therapists. Where an external agency writes a plan, we generally do not change the format of this, but follow the plan as it is.

All parents/ carers are invited to review their child's progress with their class teacher three times each year. Parents/ carers of children with SEND will be invited, but at this meeting will be offered a more in depth review. Parents who do not come along to progress meetings are contacted by the class teacher to arrange a suitable date and time.


How Does School Adapt the Curriculum and Environment for Children with SEND?

Middleton St Mary's is an inclusive school and we aim for children to be included in lessons through adapting curriculum, teaching and the environment. There are many methods that we use for doing this, depending on the needs of the child.    


What further support is available?

We feel there is no substitute for high quality and well differentiated teaching. Teaching assistants also play a valuable role in supporting learning. Children with SEND may receive support as part of a small group from the teaching assistant. They may also have some support on an individual basis. However, it is essential that children with SEND are planned for, are taught by and monitored by their teacher.

There are other adults in school who are not classroom based, who may also have a role in the provision identified for a child with SEND. In addition there may be external professionals who support children with SEND either directly or through advising the class teacher. We aim to provide an enabling environment for all our children, with specific attention to how this is achieved for children with SEND.


How do we enable Children With SEND to engage in all activities, including PE and School Visits?

 Middleton St Mary's promotes a 'can do' attitude for all children. We aim to identify potential barriers to inclusion in activities and make reasonable adjustments for inclusion. Parents/ carers and the child have an equal voice in this. Where children have more complex needs, risk assessments are conducted to enable their participation in school visits.  


What Support is Available for Improving Social, Emotional and Mental Health Development (SEMH)?

Children must feel safe, have a sense of belonging and have good enough self esteem and confidence in order to do their best learning. Talking with parents/ carers is essential for learning the full picture of a child's SEMH as children often present differently between home and school. In addition to liaising with families, we promote good mental health in school by targeting support in school and signposting families to support agencies.

Parents can contact MindMate to seek advice about the emotional well being and mental health of children and young people. There is a wealth of advice on the website- link below.


Parents are also able to self-refer to MindMate by telephone on 0300 555 0324 9am- 5pm


How Does School Consult With Parents/ Carers?

Teachers and/ or the SENCo/ Pastoral staff are happy to arrange appointments with parents at any stage in the school year. This is in addition to;

  • Parent review meetings each term
  • Additional appointment for SEND review
  • Annual written reports

What Support Can Parents/ Carers Access?

It is aimed that throughout a child's learning, the family will feel that they belong to our school community. School staff can provide advice for families in how to support their children’s learning and development. There is a list of key staff who can be contacted, further along.

Family support can be accessed through our cluster, please contact our Learning Mentors or the SENCo in relation to this.

The Educational Psychology team have local consultations that parents can access.

Early Help Assessment may be beneficial. This offers a multi- agency team to support outcomes for children and families.

For some families it is important to have a key contact in school, who they are comfortable talking with and this can be and is put in place.

Please look on our Facebook page as we offer a range of events for parents/ families which will show how children learn in school. These are also advertised on our newsletter found on our website.

If you as a parent would like independent, impartial and confidential advice, SENDIASS can provide this. Their contact details are; Special Educational Needs & Disability Information Advice Support (SENDIASS) 

0113 3785020 (Monday- Friday 10am-3pm)  sendiass@leeds.gov.uk

Which other Services Are Involved in Supporting Children With SEND?

How does School Support Transition for Children with SEND?

  • The SENCo ensures that each class teacher has an up to date Inclusion Register, prior to their receiving a new class in September
  • Transition meetings take place between year group staff to share information at the end of the Summer term
  • The SENCo, Pastoral Team and Year 6 teachers meet with appropriate Year 7 staff in the Summer term to share information regarding the Special Educational Needs of our Year 6 leavers.
  • Where appropriate, additional visits are arranged for children who have SEND, or who are particularly anxious.
  • All records transfer to receiving schools 
  • For children who are transferring mid- phase, the SENCos will discuss needs and provision
  • Parents, carers and children are listened to regarding transition needs


Who Are The Key Staff in School for SEND?

Class teachers and teaching assistants are usually the first point of contact for parents/ carers. However, there is a number of key staff in school who are more than happy to liaise with parents/ carers. They can be contacted on the main school telephone number 0113 2717206

Mrs Wood is the Head Teacher (Designated Safeguarding).

Mrs Aston is the Deputy Head (Inclusion and Safeguarding) SENCo

Mrs Willetts is the Assistant SENCo

Miss Gott is our Family Liaison Manager (Designated Safeguarding Deputy) and leads Early Help Plans in school.

Mrs Southern is our Attendance Manager (Designated Safeguarding Deputy) and leads Attendance Improvement in school.

Mrs Marston is the Deputy Head, leading on Maths, Phonics and Reading in Key Stage 1

Mr Young is the Foundation Stage Leader

Miss Brodie is our Speech and Language Therapist who is in school one day every two weeks

Mrs Brown is our Well being Mentor


What are the Arrangements for Complaints?

We sincerely hope that families do not feel unhappy within our school community. However, there are a number of things that can be done to ensure that any concerns regarding SEND provision are overcome;

  • Share concerns with class teacher 
  • Discuss with the SENCo (Mrs Aston)
  • Contact Mrs Wood (Head Teacher)

We would always aim to address concerns collaboratively with parents/ carers.

Our complaints policy can be downloaded from  https://www.middletonstmarys.co.uk/key-information/policies this is under the General Policies section.

Parents and carers can also contact SENDIASS, who offer an impartial and confidential service. This is independent of school. They are contactable by phone or online and provide huge support for families of children with SEND.

SENDIASS Special Educational Needs & Disability Information Advice Support

0113 3785020 (Monday- Friday 10am-3pm)  sendiass@leeds.gov.uk

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