Special Educational Needs and Disability

Provision for children with special educational needs and/or a disability is a matter for the school as a whole. We believe that all children share the right to have access to a rich and varied curriculum and to receive the most appropriate provision for their needs, which will also enable them to fulfil their potential, to join in with all activities and to enjoy life at school.

We embrace the Disability Discrimination Act. We will not treat children with disabilities less favourably, and we aim to make reasonable adjustments so that children with disabilities are not at a substantial disadvantage. To this end parents and carers of a child with severe sensory, physical or mobility difficulties are advised to approach the school well in advance of admission so consultations can take place.

The school has a Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy, and Inclusion and Accessibility Policies, which are regularly reviewed and updated. These are available for download on our Key Documents page. If you would like to know more about these please ask at the office or alternatively you can arrange to meet with the Special Educational Needs & Disability Coordinator, who will be happy to meet with you to discuss any matters or queries. Once your child is in school, you may find that the class teacher will be the most appropriate first port of call. We can also put you in touch with our local Parent Partnership Worker who can offer independent information and support to parents and carers of children with special educational needs.

If you have a complaint regarding the SEN support your child is receiving at our school, we would encourage you first to speak with the SENDCo named below. Should you feel the matter is not resolved, please refer to our Complaints Procedure.

SENDCo: Michelle Young (Email:

Information can also be found on the Devon County Council SEND Local Offer.

Under the SEND Code of Practice 2014, schools are required to publish an Annual SEN Information Report. This is available to download in the Useful Links and Guidance below.

Useful Links & Guidance

SEN Information Report 2018-2019
Dyslexia: How to support your child at home

North Devon Forum for Autistic Spectrum Conditions and ADHD

Download the October 2018 Newsletter

Lifeworks: Breaking the Barrier Legacy Project

Lifeworks Breaking the Barrier 2019 Leaflet

Speech, Language and Communication Needs Parent Workshops 2020

Supporting Children with Autism

Please see below some useful information from our colleagues at Babcock regarding Autism and supporting young children and young people through a changing environment. Also, Babcock have negotiated and agreed online access to Cygnet - a parenting support programme for parents and carers of children and young people aged up to 18 years with an autism diagnosis or for those with children who are currently on the autism assessment pathway. Please see the programme invitation below.

Autism: Transition from Home Learning to School
Cygnet online invite Nov-Dec 2020 (002).pdf
Girls with Autism: Flying under the radar

For children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs, The Speechlink team have launched their parent portal with lots of speech and language resources, advice and tips for parents and carers that are working at home with their children.