Our vision at Corpus Christi is to encourage all to strive for excellence and achieve their full potential. We aim to be inclusive and equitable to all, and understand the importance of communication with families, parents and carers, and encourage pupil voice.


During a child’s school life, they may have a specific educational or emotional need. The school is responsible for identifying these needs and then organising the relevant provision and support in order for them to progress.


Once it has been identified that there is something preventing a child from learning, the school must develop ways of overcoming the barrier. At this point the class teacher will:

  • Work with the SENCO to find a solution and plan a way forward. This is called The Graduated Approach where we assess the need, make a plan, do the work and then review
  • Work in partnership with parents/carers so that they are able to support their child at home
  • Work with professionals if required

If a child needs provision, they may be placed on the SEND Register.


What does ‘being on the SEND Register’ mean?

If your child is on the SEND register it means their learning difficulty or disability calls for special education provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age. A special educational need is defined by the 2014 code of practice as: A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.’


The SEN Code of Practice suggests four broad areas of need: 

  • Cognition and learningCognition and learning difficulties can affect a child’s ability to learn and make progress in line with their peers.
  • Communication and interaction -  Conditions may include children and young people who have speech, language and communication needs and/or autism. They may: have difficulty in communicating with others; they may have difficulty saying what they want to or understanding what is being said to them and they may be delayed in using language.
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties - Children and young people experiencing social, emotional and mental health difficulties may be: withdrawn or isolated, hyperactive and lack concentration, be immature in relation to social skills or display behaviour that challenges, which could be as a result of complex special needs. They may have disorders such as attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) or attachment disorder.
  • Sensory and/or physicalChildren with sensory or physical needs may have a disability, such as;  a physical disability, vision impairment, hearing impairment, multi-sensory impairment (both hearing and vision difficulties) or dyspraxia. They may need specialist equipment to access learning and other opportunities available to their peers.


The SEND Code of Practice emphasises the importance of early identification and assessment of children with special educational needs. Developing a wide range of flexible and responsive strategies will help prevent difficulties hindering the pupil’s progress. Making higher quality teaching normally available to the whole class is likely to mean that fewer pupils will require such support.  


A child on the SEND register will have targets and objectives identified by the class teacher and supported by the SENCO, they will be discussed with the parent/carer and child, and monitored by the Senior Leadership Team. Families, parents, carers and pupils are an integral part of this process; ideas are shared and they are kept informed of their child’s needs and any provision offered.The child’s progress will be reviewed regularly, new targets are shared half termly and meetings with the class teacher and SENCO termly.

DFE guidance
Please follow these useful links to find out more about the governments guidance on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
SEND guide for parents and carers:
Easy to read guide for children and young people:
SEND Code of Practice 2014. This is the government Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014 
Local Authority information
This website containing information about services and support for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, and their families, in Kingston and Richmond.
SEND Information, Advice and Support (SENDIASS)
The Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) in Kingston and Richmond offers advice and support across a wide range of subjects. This may include help with personal budgets and how to use the Local Offer plus information about:
- local support networks
- education, health and social care services 
- your rights in education, health and social care
- mediation and dispute resolution
The service is a free, confidential and impartial. It is for children and young people up to the age of 25yrs who have special educational needs or disabilities, and their parents or carers.
Kingston Parent Carer Forum
‘Kingston Parent Carer Forum is made up of local parents and carers who work to ensure children with special educational needs and disabilities and their needs are heard and understood by local services and decision makers.
There is also information about access to events and information that may be useful for SEND families.   

Accessibility Strategy Action Plan 2020 - 2023

If you would like to speak to our SEN Co-ordinator, Mrs Eileen Singfield, please call the school on 020 8942 2645 or via email at: