At St Mary’s we value all children equally and do our utmost to welcome everyone into our school by ensuring that we have a fully accessible and appropriate environment and curriculum for all our pupils and parents/carers – regardless of any particular need that they have.
Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator is Mrs Kerrie Davis, she looks after the school’s policy and also checks that all children identified as needing additional support are catered for well. Mrs Davis is also a specialist teacher for children with SEND and provides tuition for our pupils with additional educational needs.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. Our class teachers are always happy to talk and, if you need a more in-depth chat, Miss Halstead and Mrs Davis will both be happy to see you.
Break Time provides a range of short break activities for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities living in Lancashire.
In order to access these activities between April 2023 and March 2024, parents and carers must complete a registration form. This includes children who are due to start reception class in September 2023 (although they will only be able to access the activities from 1st September).
The initial registration period took place in January-February, however a high number of parents missed the original deadline, so we have decided to reopen for a limited period. Completed registrations will be processed in the order they are submitted, and once all places are filled, the registration period will close.
The online form is available here: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/special-educational-needs-and-disabilities/things-to-do/break-time/
Parents and carers can complete the form on a mobile phone or other device. If parents need any help with this, please could you support or complete it on their behalf.
Following Boris Johnson’s 8pm announcement we now know that as of midnight tonight the country has entered a new period of Lockdown, a Lockdown that includes the closure of school.
School will be open for the children of Key Workers and for pupils who are deemed vulnerable. All pupils will be provided with work in order for them to keep learning.
Tonight’s announcement was very short notice for you as parents and also for us as a Staff. Tomorrow, by 11am there will be three tasks on the school website for each Class to complete as their Tuesday learning. However, School will be closed to ALL pupils tomorrow.
Staff, however, will be in school preparing for the rest of the Lockdown. Through tomorrow we will prepare school to make it safe for Key worker pupils and vulnerable children to return.
We will send out a form for you to apply for a place in the Keyworker Bubbles and we will let you know more about how children will be learning remotely. We will do our very best to re-open to Key Worker children and vulnerable pupils by Wednesday.
I am aware of how difficult this is for you all, School closing creates a multitude of problems for everyone but data surrounding this awful disease dictates that this is a necessary step. As ever, the safety and health of everyone must be a priority.
Thank you for your continued support and we will be in frequent contact over the next few days.