SEN and Disabilities

We believe all our children are special. Many children during their school career will need a little extra support. For some it may be just for a short time, to overcome a problem with a difficult topic in class, for example, or to deal with a social, emotional or behavioural situation. For others the needs will be with them for the whole of their school life if they have medical needs or a broader learning difficulty. Such children may be supported in the classroom individually or in a small group by the teacher or by one of our team of teaching assistants.

Sometimes this support is given outside the classroom activity. Sometimes it is not work-related at all and support is given whenever might be appropriate. Sometimes children will follow a programme of learning in literacy or numeracy in particular which differs slightly from that of their class.

If the learning difficulty is more general, then the class teacher will plan a personalised programme of work for the child that may involve extra adult support. This will be discussed with parents and reviewed regularly through an Individual Plan. If we feel unable to provide adequately for the specific needs of the child, then we may involve other agencies for specific support e.g. speech therapy, educational psychology, behaviour support.

If parents have any concerns, questions or information about their child, then it is vital this information is shared with school staff. We aim to work in close partnership with parents to ensure we meet the needs of all children.

In a very few cases it may be decided to seek a Formal Assessment by a group of outside Agencies which may lead to the issuing of an Educational Health & Care Plan (EHCP). Parents are always kept involved and informed at every stage of the process.

SEND Information 

Under the Children and Families Act (2014), Local Authorities are required to publish, and keep under review, information about the services and support available for children and young people who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). The local offer covers provision for children and young people with SEND from birth to 25 and includes information on education, health and social care services and how to access them.

For information  on local services and support within Devon please click here: Devon Local Offer

For information on local services and support for children and young people with SEND in Somerset please click here: Somerset Local Offer

As part of this local offer, schools must publish a SEND information report that includes information for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SEND. This needs to be published on the school’s website, kept up-to-date with changes and revised at least annually. The requirements are set out in the SEN Code of Practice.  

SEND Information Report 2020-21

St Andrew’s CofE Primary Academy

Who We Are

The Acorn Academy Trust comprises Axminster Primary; Loders Primary; Marshwood CE Primary; Membury Primary; Mrs Ethelstone’s CE Primary and St. Andrew’s CE Primary.

Our Vision

The schools share the common vision of working to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.  We will use our best endeavor’s to support all children to enable them to be successful at school.  In order to achieve this we provide highest quality first teaching, a wide range of support and interventions using specialist staff within the Multi-Academy Trust and we work with external agencies.

Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEN/D)

In each of the schools all staff are teachers of children with Special Education Needs and/or Disabilities.  We are committed to ensuring that all children with SEN learn successfully and achieve the best possible educational and developmental outcomes.

To do this we:  - Involve parents/carers in the process of identification, support and review and welcome their input. - Work with other agencies to provide support for parents/carers and children. - Provide high quality teaching and provision to meet the needs of children with SEN. - Support children and parents/carers through transitions to new settings. - Work collaboratively within the Acorn Multi-Academy Trust. 

Acting Head of School – Mrs Donna Butler                                                                                       

MAT Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) – Claire Kew                                                       

SEN Governor – Mrs Laura Hutchings

SEND POLICY 2020/21

Accessibility Plan 2017 - 2020

Year 6 Dawn til Dusk

26 Jul 2021

The Year 6 children enjoyed a day of forest school activities, team games, cooking their meals on the fire, water fights and the slip n slide! Many thanks to Mr Holt for organising such a fun day! {!...

Year 6 Vivary Park

26 Jul 2021

Our Y6 children enjoyed a day of adrenaline-filled activities at Vivary Park in Taunton to help them celebrate their final weeks at St Andrew's. They took part in their different high ropes cou...

KS 2 trip to Hooke Court

26 Jul 2021

At the end of term, our key stage 2 children enjoyed an action packed day at Hooke Court! The day began with a rocket making workshop. The rockets exceeded all of our expectations and provided an impr...

The Bear Trail - Panda and Tiger Class

19 Jul 2021

Panda and Tiger Class had a great time at The Bear Trail.  They all got stuck in and thoroughly enjoyed getting muddy.  

Sports Day

19 Jul 2021

Sports Day. Following on from a successful sports day, please see some photos of our events. The Reception and Key Stage 1 children took part in long jump, high jump, javelin, tennis ball throw, skipp...

Sports Day

07 Jul 2021

Sports Day A huge well done to the blue team, who were the overall winners of our Sports Day yesterday. Here they are celebrating their victory! More photos and details from the day to follow in...

Seaton Wetlands Trip

02 Jul 2021

On Tuesday 22nd June, Panda class visited Seaton Wetlands to support their topic 'Water, water everywhere!' This consisted of a wildlife trail where we were able to study different animals habitats an...

Monster Kickabout

29 Jun 2021

Monster Kickabout. We have made a fantastic start to 'Monster Kickabout' week at school by getting out our brand new Monster Kickabout equipment. We have pumped up our Premier League balls and the ch...

Monster Kickabout

25 Jun 2021

MONSTER KICKABOUT £1,000 of free football equipment has been given to us by the Monster Kickabout scheme in partnership with Sports Direct and Nike. The offer was open to the first 500 scho...

Bikeability

21 Jun 2021

BIKEABILITY Our upper key stage two completed their level 1 and 2 Bikeability courses last week.They learned how to check their bikes were safe to ride using the ABCD checks:A – airB – bra...