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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities


At St James's Infant and Nursery School, we strive to ensure all our children access our ambitious, high quality curriculum. We recognise that adaptations are a vital part of removing barriers and enabling children with SEND to achieve and secure our intended curriculum. Each child with SEND will have individual needs assessed and barriers to learning identified. They will then be supported to access our curriculum using a range of adaptations as appropriate. All learning activities within class are planned and adapted to remove barriers and enable children to access learning according to their specific needs. 


St James' C of E Infant and Nursery School is an inclusive school. Some children will need extra support in school to meet their needs or to improve their learning.  This additional help will usually be provided in school either by staff or with the help of external specialists.  Our School Offer/Information report describes the range of provision and support available to help identified children as and when appropriate.


We aim to ensure through quality first teaching, targeted intervention and scaffolding the learning gap between peers progressively closes to raise attainment and accelerate progress. We track this through our use of standardised assessments for core curriculum subjects as well as and tracking smaller steps in progress using our small steps curriculum documents.


Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) is Miss Stephanie Sapsed. She is contactable via the school office on 01946 691970 or email


Miss Stephanie Sapsed



Please click below to see details about our school's Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Offer / SEND report. This gives details of:


  • the kinds of SEND that are provided for
  • arrangements for consulting with parents and children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • our approach to teaching children with additional needs


It also gives lots of other useful information.


Children with SEND may have additional needs from one or more of the four main areas of need.  These are detailed below along with the programmes we use in school to help in these areas.


  • Social and Emotional and Mental Health
  • Cognition and Learning Provision
  • Communication and Interaction
  • Sensory and/or Physical Needs


If parents and carers feel they would like some impartial information, advice or support on any issues relating to their children’s special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), they can contact the Cumbria SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) who can offer a range of support. We will help parents, carers and young people to prepare for meetings with schools or the local authority and practically support them at the meetings in an appropriate and impartial manner. We can also signpost to other relevant support networks.



Cumberland SEND Information

Click on the link below to view the Cumberland web page for SEND. Here you will find contact details for help and a wealth of information about SEND in Education, getting help and on the Local Offer.

If you need to contact a member of the local SEND team, you can do so via or on: 01946 506 211. 

Our Interventions

We offer a wide range of interventions at St James' to help all of our pupils. This may be for those that have fallen a little bit behind or for those with more specific special educational needs. They cover a range of different areas and you can find further information on some of what we offer by clicking below. 

Social and Emotional/Mental Health Support

Click below to view our Accessibility Plan which gives details on how we are trying to address the needs of those with disabilities or additional needs.

Further information about admissions for children (including those with Special Educational Needs) can be found via the general Admissions tab in Other Information drop down menu above.  Information on how we ensure that we do not discriminate against children with disabilities can be found in our Equality Policy which is located in the policy section of this website (also found via the drop down menu in Other Information above). If you have any questions about any additional needs that your child may have, please do not hesitate to contact us. 


If you have a complaint about any aspect of your child's Special Educational Needs, please contact Mrs Moore and refer to our Complaints Procedures which is listed on our Policies page.