Our SENDCo is Mrs Zoe Barratt.

For all SEND queries, please email Mrs Barratt at

Thank you.

How do we know if a pupil needs extra help?

At St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, early identification of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is a priority.

As a school we follow a Graduated Response in identifying children with SEND. This includes the following:

  • Parents may inform the school prior to or during admission
  • Outside agencies may contact the school prior to / during admission or whilst the child is a pupil at the school
  • The class teacher may identify concerns re progress or behaviours and SLT, SENCO, Teaching Assistants may become involved in a school based programme
  • Behaviour tracking system to see if a child is continually struggling with their emotions and concentration
  • It may be that we seek additional information from a specialist teacher eg assessments completed by outside agencies eg; Educational Psychology, Behaviour Support Service, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service), School Health, Paediatricians, Speech and Language Therapists.

At different times in their school life, a child or young person may have a special educational need. The Code of Practice 2014 defines SEN as follows:

‘A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special education provision to be made for him or her.’

A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty if he or she:

  • Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others the same age, or
  • Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided