Special Educational Needs

At St James’ Catholic Primary School we provide a high quality education for all, that is inclusive of any Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) a child may have. We support children with a wide range of needs, including in the areas of:

  • Communication and interaction, for example, autistic spectrum disorder and speech and language difficulties.
  • Cognition and learning, for example, specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and moderate learning difficulties.
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties, for example, emotional understanding and wellbeing, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Sensory and/or physical needs, for example, visual impairments, hearing impairments, processing difficulties and epilepsy.

The key to this is a good working relationship with all parents and professionals, and our open door policy means that we are always available to discuss your child’s needs. We have two Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCos), Mrs. Kinder and Miss Chapman, who can be contacted on the school number below and are always happy to help.

Our school SEND Information Report, which can be found here and in the link below, explains simply and clearly, but in a high level of detail, how we identify, monitor, support and provide for any child in our school with additional needs. We encourage you to read it to find out more about how we can support your child, and contact us if you have any questions or comments. The Disability Access Plan, available here, gives details about accessibility at our school, and can also be found in the link below.

Staff at St James’ are trained in a number of interventions and have experience of carrying out personalised programmes to support children with a wide range of needs. We also work closely with a range of external agencies to further support our children where needed. Information on this can also be found in the SEND Information Report below.

The wellbeing of all our pupils is our primary concern. All children are supported with their social and emotional development throughout the school day and where additional support is needed, we have specialist staff who are skilled in supporting these children.

Please inform us of any known SEND when your child joins our school so we can begin supporting them effectively straight away. If we have any concerns we will contact you, initially through the class teacher, or the SENCos where necessary.

Here is some useful information:

Headteacher: Mrs. Walker

Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCos): Mrs. Kinder and Miss Chapman

Special Support Assistant (SSA): Mrs. Hallsworth

Learning Mentor: Mrs. Duggan

Speech and Language Therapist: Currently changing, available Fridays.

All can be contacted on the school phone number of 0161 368 3455.

Follow this link to our Home Education SEND page for links to useful websites and activities.

Our SEND Policy can be found below:


Click below for our school SEND Information Report:

SEND Information Report updated 2021

Click below for our Disability Access Plan:

Disability Access Plan updated 2021

Click below for Tameside Local Authority’s Local Offer:


Click below for Tameside’s SENDIAS service which offers advice to families of children with SEND: