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All children have the right to an education that will enable them to reach their full potential. We believe that each child has individual and unique needs and acknowledge that some children require more support than others. A child has special educational needs if he/she requires additional or different provision from the provision made generally for children of their age in that school.  In order to support these children, we recognise their needs and plan accordingly.


As a Church school, we aim to develop an ethos of care, empathy, and understanding. This is essential when dealing with children with Special Educational Needs. The Head Teacher, Staff, and Governors of our school are committed to the inclusion of children with Special Educational Needs. We aim to provide access to a broad and balanced curriculum, but also to offer small group support, or individual help, where children have specific needs.


All children will be valued, and we aim for all children to experience success, confidence and achievement, and to reach their full potential. We involve parents, carers and the children in the planning and support at all stages of the pupil development.


Our SENDCO manages our Special Educational Needs system, guiding staff in the formulation of Individual Education Plans in partnership with children and parents to ensure that effective provision is made.  We have a positive relationship with our external agencies and use them for additional guidance, assessment and support when necessary. We have an open door policy if you need to discuss anything further.

Our LOCAL OFFER can be found below.


Who's who?


Special Educational & Disability Coordinator (SENDCO)


Mrs. Kathryn Hall

Tel: 01257 262 940


The SENDCO is also the Deputy Head teacher.   


SEND Governor


A member of the school's governing body is appointed to have particular oversight of special educational needs provision within school. At St. Laurence's this person is our Foundation Governor, Mrs Diane Aldridge. She liaises closely with the school's SENDCO.

SEND Statutory Documents

St Laurence's School Inclusion Policy

Support for parents




The Parent Support Partnership people have been renamed as SENDIASS. These are the people who can help you if you or a member of your family has a Special Educational Need or Disability. They can help you to understand the jargon used, work out the forms you have to fill in, or navigate the meetings you have to attend.

It's often helpful to have a third person to help you remember what you wanted to ask, or to give you confidence to ask the things you don't understand.

Special Needs Jungle


Another useful place to gain parent-centred information news and resources and informed opinion about SEN disability, children’s health and SEND policies is Special Needs Jungle



The complaints procedure for SEND mirrors the school’s other complaints procedures.

  • Should a parent have a concern about the special provision made for their child, they should in the first instance discuss this with the class teacher.
  • If the concern continues, then they should contact the SENDCO, Mrs. Kathryn Hall, or the Headteacher, Mrs Emma Marquis.
  • If the concern cannot be resolved then parents may contact the SEND Governor, Mrs. Diane Aldridge, and Chair of Governors, Mrs Karen Pemberton, who will meet with the parents.
  • Parents also have the right to contact the LEA and the SEN Parent Partnership Team based at the Area Education Office (South), East Cliff, Preston.

Neurodiversity Week

Thank-you to all the parents who attended our SEND coffee morning to share information about Dyslexia. If you were unable to attend and would like more information, please take a look at the information provided above or contact Mrs Hall, the SENDCO.  

A useful document to help explain Coronavirus

The brilliant Axel Scheffler has produced a book about Covid-19 Coronavirus just for children - and it's available as a FREE download.

Speech, Language and Communication:


Try the free app Bitsboard. 


Have a look at the resources on:

Colourful Semantics have a wealth of resources for free to support early language and sentence construction:

Fine and Gross Motor Skills:


Get involved with Joe Wicks' PE sessions or do some Cosmic Kids Yoga each day. 

Dough Disco is great for fine motor skills -

BBC Dancemat helps typing skills:





Some resources can be found below to support working at home.

Many of the activities found on the Speech and Language, SEMH and Motor Skills pages may be useful too.

Free sensory planning with multi-sensory activities and messy play can be found here: is a great alternative to TT Rockstars. You do not need a login and it does not have the time pressure that some pupils find tricky.


Dyslexia and Processing: is a great alternative to TT Rockstars. You do not need a login and it does not have the time pressue that some pupils find tricky.

The FIND Newsletter


The Family Information Directory Network is a really useful source of information, ideas and encouragement for families of children with Special Educational Needs. You can find the latest newsletter by clicking the link below.