Agencies and Partnerships

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?

At times it may be necessary to consult with outside agencies and partnerships to access their more specialised expertise and ensure the pastoral, medical and social needs of SEND children are met.

The agencies used by the school include:

  • Speech and Language Team
  • Social Services
  • Educational Psychologist
  • CYPS (Child & Young People’s Service)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • School Nursing Team
  • AO (Attendance Officer previously known as Educational Welfare Officers)
  • Sensory Support to support pupils with hearing/visual Impairment

At St Mary’s we work closely with the Educational Psychologist. The EP normally only works directly with pupils whose needs are felt to be quite considerable and have not responded well to the interventions previously put in place for them. This involvement is generally planned at an in school review meeting. These are meetings held three times a year between school staff.

The aim of this meeting is to gain an understanding of and try to resolve a pupil’s difficulties. In order to help understand the pupil’s educational needs better, the psychologist will generally meet with the parent and give feedback after an assessment has been completed.

They will offer advice to the school and parent/carers on how to best support the pupil in order to take their learning forward.

If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.