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St. Anne's Catholic Voluntary Academy

St. Anne's Catholic Voluntary Academy



                                                         Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 

St Anne’s Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy is a mainstream primary school which believes all children have a right to the best education possible and that all pupils regardless of any barriers to learning can and should attain their potential. This includes children having special educational needs and explains why at St Anne’s Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy all teachers are teachers of children with special educational needs.

We embrace the fact that every child is different and, therefore, the educational needs of every child are different. We strive to support all children to enable them to achieve their full potential at school. In order to do this, many steps are taken to support them through their learning journey. 

Quality teaching is vital; however, for some children there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their targets. This may be an indication of a special educational need (SEN), or may be a short term need. 

The SEN Code of Practice defines Special Educational Needs as follows:

"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 the same age, or
  • Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions." 

To facilitate all learners, we use a variety of interventions and approaches to address specific areas of need and would look carefully at your child’s individual needs when deciding how best to support your child. Our staff are experienced and well trained in many aspects of Special Educational Needs and in educational interventions. We also receive advice and support from many external agencies from the Health Services, Educational Psychologists, Social Services and Speech and Language Therapy 

At St Anne’s Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy, the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENCO) is Miss Laura Foley. For further information regarding SEND please contact her at or see our SEND Information Report.