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Special Educational Needs and Disability at St Benedict's

Inclusion & Special Educational Needs and Disability Team

Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO): Mrs Valerie Simmons office@st-benedicts.org.uk 

Mrs Simmons works as SENCO every Tuesday and Wednesday. Please be aware that this team member is part-time and that it may take 5-7 working days for a response from when you send your email.

If your email is of an urgent nature then please contact the school for the support of the senior leadership team.

Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA): Mrs Maree Thatcher and Miss Wendy Joyce

Mrs Thatcher and Miss Joyce are trained to work with individual pupils as well as small groups of children on the following aspects:

  • emotional literacy
  • positive mental health, 
  • social skills 
  • emotional wellbeing

Parent and Family Support Advisor (PFSA): Mrs Shelley Allen 

Mrs Allen works across several local schools to provide direct support to young people and their families. The PFSA can help in a variety of ways including school attendance, participation, behaviour and parenting.  Additionally, a PFSA can support parents accessing other agencies.

Important Documents

St Benedict's cares passionately for each pupil and their individual needs. In 2014, the Children's and Families Act brought a range of new expectations to schools and local authorities. On this page you will find some useful documents:

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