Special Educational Needs

Whilst children may have special educational needs either throughout or at any time during their school career, we aim to ensure that all provision for children with special educational needs takes into account the type and extent of the difficulties experienced by the pupil.

IntentAt Burghfield St Mary’s Primary School, we believe that all children are entitled to receive a high-quality of education regardless of their needs or disabilities. We believe that it is vital that our children are equipped with the tools needed to become independent learners, both inside and outside of the classroom. All children and young people should expect to receive an education that enables them to achieve the best possible outcomes, and become confident, able to communicate their own views and ready to make a successful transition into secondary school and then adulthood. Through our first-quality teaching, planning and provision we:

  • ensure that needs are identified as early as possible and support is put into place;
  • ensure that children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum which is appropriately adapted to enable children to succeed;
  • provide an accessible learning environment which is tailored to the needs of all pupils;
  • develop children’s independence;
  • regularly monitor the progress of children with SEND;
  • work closely with parents and carers;
  • work closely with external agencies and other professionals to ensure that there is a collaborative approach to support children with SEND. 

ImplementationAt Burghfield St Mary’s Primary School, every teacher is a teacher of SEND. Our provision is enhanced by the collaboration of teachers, senior leaders, the SENDCo, support staff, external agencies, parents and, most importantly, the child.


Pupils with SEND will be:

  • included in all aspects of the school day;
  • provided with first quality teaching, adapted to meet their needs, in the classroom where possible;
  • respected and acknowledged.


Pupils with SEND may:

  • have specific 1:1 or group support to support their access of the curriculum;
  • have interventions outside of the classroom if they require quiet or specialist space;
  • take part in social, emotional and mental health interventions such ELSA;
  • receive additional support from a Speech and Language Therapist;
  • work alongside outside agencies such as the Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Mental Health Support team, Cognition and Learning team and the Autism Support team.


ImpactAs a result of the provision above, children at Burghfield St Mary’s Primary School will:

  • feel safe, secure and cared for;
  • show confidence and resilience in the classroom;
  • demonstrate high levels of engagement in activities;
  • make progress from their starting points;
  • develop independence and skills to support them throughout life;
  • work collaboratively with their peers on a shared task.

The school Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is :

Mrs Karen Carmichael (kcarmichael@burghfield.w-berks.sch.uk).

The Special Educational Needs Governor is :

Mrs Gemma Toms (office@burghfield.w-berks.sch.uk).


All information regarding the provision of SEN to Burghfield St Mary’s pupils can be found in one of the following three locations:

  • Local Offer – a contract outlining the provisions we make for parents and students
  • SEND Policy 2022– the ethos of the school with regards to SEN and the structures and procedures
  • SEND Information Report 2022– this is an annual account of the provision the school has actually made


Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Carmichael if you wish to discuss any of the details contained in these documents.

For any complaints, please follow our complaints procedure outlined here