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Special Educational Needs

SENCO: Maida White

At St Peter’s Church of England First School we are committed to ensuring that all our children learn successfully. We recognise that it is the responsibility of all staff in school to contribute to the identification and support of children’s special needs. The implementation of clear procedures for early identification and assessment, involvement of parents, systematic action and planning, appropriate record keeping and monitoring of needs are all critical to maximizing a child’s achievement.


Every child with SEN and disability has an entitlement to fulfil his/her optimum potential whilst at St Peter’s First School. This is achieved by ensuring the wellbeing of all pupils in relation to: being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving social and economic wellbeing.




We believe that:


  • All children, including those with SEN, should be valued equally and have their needs met
  • It is our responsibility to maximize the attainment and progress of all children in school
  • Provision for a child with SEN should match the nature of the need
  • Parents should be involved as partners throughout the process
  • An inclusive education should be provided
  • The views of the child should be sought and taken into account
Click on the link below to view Local and Trust SEND Policies and Procedures:

For information for children, young people and families including Somerset's Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer please click on the Somerset Choices link below.  To view the Local Offer choose "Somerset Choices for ages 0-25" and "Our Local Offer" 


Link to Somerset Choices: 

Equality Duty

Under the Equality Act 2010 schools should have an Accessibility Plan. The Equality Act 2010 replaced all existing legislation, including the Disability Discrimination Act.

The effect of the law is the same as in the past, meaning that “schools cannot unlawfully discriminate against children because of sex, race, disability, religion, or belief and sexual orientation”. According to the Equality Act 2010 a person has a disability if:

  1. He or she has a physical or mental impairment, and

  2. The impairment has substantial and long term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day to day activities.

    The Accessibility Plan is listed as a statutory document of the Department for Education’s guidance on statutory policies for schools. The plan must be reviewed every three years and approved by the Governing Body.


Aim Of The Plan

At St Peter’s Church of England First School we are committed to working together to provide an inspirational and exciting learning environment where all children can develop an enthusiasm for lifelong learning. We believe that children should feel happy, safe and valued so that they gain a respectful, caring attitude towards each other and the environment both locally and globally.