Special Educational Needs

Please find below a link to our school's SEND information report for the academic year 2020-21. Every year the school produces an information report, please note this is a draft version whilst we await further consultation and thoughts around the current report. 


Welcome to St Helen’s SEND information page.

On this page you will find lots of information relating to the provision of SEND and Inclusion and in particular the teaching of SEND at our lovely school.

As a school we will listen to any concerns that you have about your child/ren and can set up further meetings to plan additional support depending on the nature of your concerns. If you have any worries first and foremost please make contact with your child’s class teacher or please feel free to contact the school SENCO-  on the following email below at any time.


We are very proud that all our children including those children with additional needs strive to be ‘Flying High’ at St Helen’s every day! In order for us to develop and improve the provision of SEND at St Helen’s every year Mr.Chappell, our Head of school, carries out confidential questionnaires with the parents of our SEND pupils to find out all about their thoughts and feelings about school. Please find below a selection of quotes from the returned forms over the past two academic years

 Parental Quotes

Click on the link below to read about what some of our SEND pupils and what parents think and say about life at St Helen’s.

Please click on the link below to read some comments from OFSTED about our school and our work with our children.

Information Report September 2018-19 OFSTED Report

School Information Report: 

Please find below the link to our 2019-20  SEND Information report that details more information about SEND provision in our school. If you have any questions about SEND provision at St Helen’s, please feel free to speak to the school office, who will arrange for the SENCO to speak to you in person.

We have split the SEND information report into 3 sections so that you can find the part the most relevant for you. If you would like the report in full please see the school office.

Part 1 School Life

Part 2 Graduated Response to SEND

Part 3 Communication with school

In line with the  SEN/D Code of Practice we have reviewed and  updated our SEN/D policy.We have tried to make the policy more accessible and hope that you find the policy easier to follow in  a ‘magazine’ style format which is similar to our SEN/D Information report and as such can be read in conjunction with our school’s SEN/D Information report.

SEND Policy 20-21 

Please Note: This policy is reviewed annually and is currently being reviewed by the school governors. 


Please find below a list of our Teaching Assistants that work alongside all our children.

Teaching Assistants: 2020-21 

Mrs C Bendall  Reception

Mrs A McHardy Reception and Year 4 SEND TA

Mrs K Gear   Year 1

Mrs M. Derezynska  Year 3 SEND TA 

Mrs F Kitson  Year 1 and Reception

Mrs N Burns Reception SEND TA

Mrs.Browning Year 4 SEND TA

Mrs N Woolford Year 2 

Mrs F Wilding Year 1 SEND TA

Mrs Sunderland Year 5 SEND TA

Mrs Novak Year 5 SEND TA

Mrs Oakey Year 4 SEND TA

Mrs J Robinson KS2

Mrs F Tweehuysen SEND TA 

Please find information below for a group called: Supportive Parents.

Who are a charity who provide information, advice and support to parents, children and young people about special educational needs or disability in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire.

Supporting Parents


Click here to visit the Supportive Parents website

 A message from Mr Chappell, our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO):

As well as lots of changes to the National Curriculum subjects this year, there have also been significant changes relating to the provision of SEN/D (Special Educational Needs / Disability). These changes became statutory in September once the SEN/D bill was implemented over the summer by the Department of Children and Families. One of the major changes was to develop a new SEN/D code of practice. To help you become familiar with some of these new changes, we have set up this page dedicated to providing information about SEN/D provision.

A statutory requirement of the 2014 SEND Code of Practice is for the LA (Local Authority) to outline to parents/carers what services are available and what support they can expect from a range of local agencies, including from the local authority, health services, schools, leisure services and the voluntary sector to support children with SEN/D. (Special Educational Needs/Disability.) As part of South Gloucestershire’s local offer the following questions and answers detail how we support the teaching and learning of SEN/D children at St.Helen’s CE Primary School and also form the basis of our first SEN/D Information statement. This is continually reviewed and updated. If you have any thoughts or questions about this information please feel free to email our school to make contact with our SENCO

Please find below the direct link to the South Gloucestershire Council’s SEN page 'The South Glos Way Inclusion Toolkit.'


This will take you directly to information about Special Education Needs.

 The next link will take you directly to the local authority’s local offer page.



To help parents/carers become familiar with the changes to SEN/D provision please click the link below to read an information leaflet provided by the South Gloucestershire Parents and Carer Forum.

South Glos Parents and Carers special edition Aug 2014 Newsletter

 The 2014 SEN Code of Practice:

SEND Code of Practice approved by Parliament 29.07.14