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St Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School

SEND & Inclusion

What is SEND?


The Equality Act 2010 defines a person with a disability as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. The Children and Families Act (2014 has a slightly different/amended account:


A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:


  • has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age
  • has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.

As an inclusive school, St Margaret Mary Catholic Primary is committed to support all children to make progress and fulfil their individual potential, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is Mrs Paula Fontana who can be contacted via the School Office or by email.


Copies of our Whole School Policy for SEND and our SEND Provision Map can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:


SEND Statement


St Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School is an inclusive school where we welcome, value and celebrate the abilities and achievements of all children. Staff are committed to making the curriculum as accessible as possible and therefore we continually strive to remove barriers to learning and participation, developing an environment which enables and supports every child so they can succeed and achieve their potential.

Through regular assessment we aim to ensure the early identification of need and appropriate provision, whether it be individual or small group. Where appropriate, intervention plans will detail and track this support and the children’s achievement.


At St Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School, we strive to support our children to develop their confidence in their own ability, their independence and their self-esteem which as a result have a positive impact on them socially and emotionally. Our main priority is to support the development of the whole child.


Intervention & Support


Therapeutic Nurture Interventions

As part of our holistic offer at St Margaret Mary, we offer a range of therapeutic interventions, delivered by a team of trained practitioner on a daily basis, to support our children in dealing with emotional issues which are barriers to them engaging in learning.


Our therapeutic interventions include Draw and Talk Therapy, Lego Therapy, Emotional Literacy and sessions focusing on Zones of Regulation.

Academic Interventions


As well as therapeutic intervention, our school have invested in a series of research driven academic interventions. Academic interventions are additional instruction and supports that supplements the general curriculum  and are necessary to improve academic performance for some children.


A successful academic intervention process includes providing quality instruction with interventions matched to children's need, and monitoring progress frequently to help close gaps and ensure progress for all..