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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities


St James' C of E Infant and Nursery School is an inclusive school.  We strive to support all children to enable them to achieve their best at school.  Some children will require 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.


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


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

School SEND report 2022-23


You can also find out more details about services in the local area from the Cumbria County Council Website.

Follow the link to that website by clicking here.


Support for parents and carers of children and young people with SEND


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.

For more information on SEND and how to find support, please click on this link:


you can contact our new SEND IAS coordinator for Copeland, Bev Marrs. Her contact details are and her phone number is 07788 360336


you can visit Cumbria's SEND offer at,


Our SEND Policy also give a lot of information about how we identify children who have additional needs.  Click below to view the policy.

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 eductaional needs. They cover a range of different areas and you can find further infornation 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.