Special Educational Needs

St Stephen Churchtown Academy is a mainstream school. We believe that children have a right to a safe, happy, varied and challenging learning experience. Every individual child matters and all children have talents and potential which must be realised. Within this context, respect, cooperation, responsibility and perseverance are the key personal qualities which we value from all members of our school community and that we feel are essential to success in later life.


Children with additional needs are identified through a combination of observations of the children as individuals within their classes by our experienced staff, tracking the outcomes of assessments and through discussions with parents. Our Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) is Mrs Ellis. She works with the class teachers and teaching assistants to create programmes of support that meet the needs of the child. If you wish to discuss your child's learning programme, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher in the first instance and then should you require further information please contact our SENDCo or wider SEN team including Mrs Geach.

We work with a range of external agencies to provide the best support for all our children. There are too many to list, but they include:

  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Cognition and Learning Service
  • Educational Psychology
  • Early Years Inclusion Service
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Physical and Medical Needs Advisory Service
  • School Nursing Team


The Local Offer aims to help families of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by gathering useful information they need to know, in one place, so they can make informed choices about the support they receive.

Our Local Offer describes the provision and guidance that is available for children and young people:

  • with SEND;
  • with or without an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or Statement of SEN;

Mrs Ellis is St Stephen Churchtown's SEND co-coordinator. If you would like to speak with her please contact the office on 01726 822568.

 Parents are free to contact the class teacher, SENDCo or the Headteacher at any time to discuss their child’s progress. Contact can be made through school reception or via the school email at:-



The school has a maintained Nursery which take pupils from aged 3.

The Early Years teacher arranges ‘home visits’ for all new entrants to the setting so that the school is aware of the needs of the children entering Nursery and our school. Additionally class teachers  attend Early Support TAC/Multi Agency meetings to ensure smooth transitions between phases for children with DSEN.

The Year 6 teacher, together with the DSL and SENDCo, has meetings with secondary placements, including Brannel School regarding transitions into secondary school for children with DSEN. This has proved to be a very useful tool, and ensure that children are supported appropriately in secondary school.


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