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St Peter's
Catholic School

Learning Support/SEND

Name: Mrs L Power, SENCo

Department: Learning Support Department

The Team
Mrs C Catchpole Learning Support Administrator
Mrs R Pollard Deputy SENCo and Exams Access Assessor
Introduction to the Department

Our school mission statement is to be ‘Christ to All.’

We ‘live out’ this statement by providing support to all our students in the 4 main areas of need:

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social and Emotional Mental Health
  • Physical and Sensory

In order for our students to thrive both academically and socially, we work closely with the young person, the parents/guardians and teaching staff to ensure that the correct provision is put in place. .

The principles outlined in the SEND Code of Practice (2014) are followed and in order to evidence the support and provision that is in place, the Graduated Approach of Plan, Do, Assess, Review is implemented. This is referred to as a PDR cycle. Quality First Teaching ensures that student needs are met in the classroom at universal level with adaptive teaching in place. Where further support is required time bound, targeted interventions with SMART targets take place in small groups or in intensive one-to-one lessons for English and mathematics. In some cases, the SENCo liaises with professionals from the local authority in order to provide support at specialist level.  

Where students do not make progress at universal level or at targeted support level, Heads of Department and Heads of Year refer students to the SEN Department for further consideration and investigation. Robust screening tests are also in place throughout Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 in order to identify need and therefore the provision required in order for our students to fulfil their true potential.