Below is a breakdown of how the senior leadership team and governance ensure your child flourishes at St. Peter's.
The Head teacher and SENCo: Mr Conley
- The day-to-day management of all aspects of the school; this includes the support for children with SEND.
- The Head teacher will give responsibility to the SENCo and class teachers, but is still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met.
- The Head teacher must make sure that the Governing Body is kept up to date about issues relating to SEND.
The Deputy SENCo: Mrs O'Donovan
- Developing and reviewing the school’s SEND policy.
- Co-ordinating all the support for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)
- Ensuring that you are
i) Involved in supporting your child’s learning
ii) Kept informed about the support your child is getting on
iii) Involved in reviewing how they are doing.
- Liaising with all the other people who may be coming in to school to help support your child’s learning, e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology.
- Updating the school’s SEND register (a system for ensuring that all the SEND needs of pupils in this school are known) and making sure that records of your child’s progress and needs are kept.
- Providing specialist support for teachers and support staff in the school, so that they can help children with SEND in the school to achieve the best progress possible.
Mrs O'Donovan also contributes to support pupils and their families with attendance, medical, emotional and social concerns. She is also a member of the school’s Senior Management Team.
The SEN Governor: Mrs Quigley
- Making sure that the necessary support is given for any child with SEND who attends the school.
Mrs Quigley meets termly with Mrs O'Donovan and Mr Conley to discuss provision developments and how best to improve the service. This information is fed back to School Governors.
How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
- The school budgets include money for supporting children with SEND.
- The Head Teacher decides on the deployment of resources for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, in consultation with the school governors on the basis of needs in the school.
- The SEND budget is allocated for each financial year. The money is used to provide additional support or resources dependent on an individual’s needs.
- Pupil Premium was introduced in 2011 and is allocated to schools for pupils who have been registered for free school meals (FSM) and at any point in the last 6 years. Schools also receive funding for Looked After and adopted Children.
- The school can apply to the Local Authority for Top-Up Funding for a pupil if they have a high level of need and costs exceed that which has already been allocated to school funds for that pupil.
- The SENCo holds a small budget for aids/resources and some CPD.
- During examinations SEN pupils may qualify for extra time, someone to write or read for them or have rest breaks.
How is the decision made about how much support my child will receive?
- These decisions are made in consultation with the parent, SENCo, Head Teacher and class teacher. Some decisions are informed by advice from outside agency recommendations and termly tracking of pupil progress.