"Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward
from him.” Psalms 127:3

“Not all of us can do great things but we can do
small things with great love.” Blessed Mother Teresa

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SEN - Special Educational Needs

We are committed to using our best endeavours to provide an appropriate and high quality education for all children at our school which enables them to

  • Achieve their best
  • Become confident individuals living fulfilling lives
  • Make successful transition to their next phase of education

We have the highest aspirations and expectations for all pupils, including those with special educational needs.


We aim to achieve a community where parents and those working in school have a mutual trust and confidence in each other, created through clear, consistent approaches to communication and collaborative working, to enable outstanding outcomes for children with SEN.


We also aim to provide all children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, with a broad, balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible and ensures they are fully included in all aspects of school life and feel equally valued and fully part of the school community.

We have an environment that is wherever possible, inclusive to all disabilities and needs. We are always striving to implement changes resulting in a more inclusive school environment.

Special Needs and Disability at St Mary's


Listening to our children's voices and viewpoints forms a vital part of their learning and helps allow children to reach their full potential . These animated clips were created by current children in year 3/4 and 5.



Dyslexia is a common condition that affects the way the brain processes information in written or even spoken form. Dyslexia means children may struggle with reading and writing and need additional help or time to do so. Specific resources such as coloured paper, coloured overlays and reading rulers can make it easier for some children to read text or numbers. Children with dyslexia can still understand complex ideas and work best when they adapt their own ways of processing information. We use specialist reading books and subscribe to specialist software packages. These are used daily with children in order to practice and develop skill in reading, spelling and comprehension. They highlight areas where children need intervention and adults in the classroom will act upon this. Children can also access activities at home.

If a child presents with difficulties and require extended processing time we will make a referral to Educational psychology who are able to complete testing in school and diagnose dyslexia. They will then advise strategies we can implement in school.

Please click on the video below to view...

St Mary's Pupils Voices

St Mary's Parent/Carer Views


Here at St. Mary's we value the opinions of all our parents. We would like to share some of our parents’ views about Special Educational Needs at St. Marys. We strive to work closely with parents in order to provide the best outcomes possible for all children.


Jack's Mum said 'Jack has flourished at St. Marys and I couldn't have asked for any better for his primary education. The staff all take the time to get to know the children and know how to meet their individual special needs'.

Autism Awareness

My Name Is David
My Name is David is an animated short film from one of the animators of Robot Chicken, Matt Manning, that depicts a young student's speech to his fellow classmates about his autism. The film features the actual words and voice of the author of the speech,14-year-old David Shapiro Sharif.