What about special needs?


Making the most of each child's potential involves careful assessment, planning and monitoring of work. It also requires early detection of special achievements and difficulties that may identify where extra help can be provided. This can be provided either by the child's own teacher, a class support assistant working under the direction of the class teacher or our special educational needs co-coordinator, Mrs Carr.

Children with special educational needs are offered the whole curriculum and where appropriate, extra support is offered. We are able to call upon support and advice from a range of outside agencies.

When concerns are raised about a child, either parents or staff at school, liaison between the two is arranged to discuss and determine the measures to be taken. Outside agencies are consulted as and when necessary.


Key strengths of the school are:

The on-going plan-do-review cycle is clearly having impact on identified groups of children (both with identified SEN or identified as needing short term support to raise attainment)

Analysis of trends:

Children with identified SEN showed good progress throughout the school

Children at the end of KS2, children with identified SEN scored in line or better with children with similar needs in Shropshire and Nationally for Maths and Reading

Our focus over the next year is to increase writing progress scores to be in line with Shropshire and Nationally.

Who we have to help:

  • Mrs Ffion Carr – Assistant Headteacher and School SENco. Mrs Carr has the role of regularly reporting to our school governors in all matters regarding children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Mrs Carr teaches Kestrels class which is year 4 and 5. Mrs Carr successfully completed the National Award for SEN Co-ordination in 2013. 
  • Mrs Liz Holmes – Headteacher. Mrs Holmes is an experienced headteacher who works closely with Mrs Carr to monitor progress of all children throughout school.
  • Mrs Marie-Claire Wigley- Link Governor for SEND. Mrs Wigley is responsible for SEND and meets regularly with Mrs Carr. She also reports to the governors to keep them all informed.
  • Class teachers are every child’s first educators and are responsible for the progress of all children within their class.
  • Teaching Assistants offer support with learning during whole class teaching as well as with small group or individual targeted work. A number of our teaching assistants have particular qualifications in specific areas of Special Needs.
  • Parents are vital in supporting children’s learning. We encourage all parents to regularly support learning at home and attend all review meetings to discuss the provision in place for their child and the progress being made. Through strong partnership working decisions can be made jointly to ensure children make the best possible progress.

Staff within the setting have received recent training in a number of areas including:

  • Understanding your child- Solihull Parenting Approach- 2 facilitators trained
  • Cool Kids motor skills programme
  • Precision Teaching
  • Meeting the Needs of Dyslexic Learners
  • Elklan training (specialised speech & language programme) We have one qualified TAs with this accreditation.
  • De-escalation & physical intervention
  • Team Teach (4 members of staff trained)
  • National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination
  • Circle of Friends training
  • Nurture Group Leadership training
  • Mental health first aid (2 staff members trained)

Latest News

  • Alzheimer's Society Fundraising Day - Update
    'Well done' & 'Thank you' to our Year 6 girls who organised the cake sale & non-uniform day in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. A fantastic £351.48 has been raised.
  • Alzheimer's Society Fundraising Day
    Some of our Year 6 Girls are holding a cake sale on Wednesday 19th June for Alzheimer's Society. Children can come to school dressed in white and blue clothing for a donation of £1. If you do not wish to donate, please come dressed in school uniform.
  • PTA School Discos - Update
    'Thank you' To everyone who supported the discos which took place on Friday 17th May. Both discos were very well attended with a record amount of £786.06 being raised for school funds.
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind Charity Cake Sale - Update
    Well done & thank you to the Year 6 children who organised a cake sale on Wednesday 15th May; a fantastic £50.00 has been raised for the charity.
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind Charity Cake Sale
    On Wednesday 15th May, 2019 some of our Year 6 children are holding a cake sale. Cakes will be on sale at morning break for a minimum donation of 20p per cake. We would be very grateful if donations of cakes can be brought in to school.
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Badgers Class Swimming Lesson17Sep2019

9:00 am - 10:45 am @ Prestfelde School

Badgers Class will be going to Prestfelde School for their weekly swimming lesson.

Meole Brace Secondary School Morning Tours17Sep2019

9:15 am - 20 sep, 11:00 am @ Meole Brace Secondary School

Morning tours for Year 6 pupils, their parents/carers and families to have a look around the school. Tours are by appointment only; to book a tour please contact Meole Brace School, 01743 235961.

Year 2 Arthog Outreach Team Building Activities Day18Sep2019

@ Mereside School

As part of our outdoor education development, Arthog Outreach will be in school running team building & problem solving activities with our Year 2 children.

Meole Brace Secondary School Open Evening18Sep2019

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm @ Meole Brace Secondary School

An opportunity for our Year 6 pupils, their Parents/Carers and families to have a look around the school.

PTA AGM Meeting18Sep2019

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ Mereside School

This meeting is open to all parents/carers who would like to share ideas and help raise funds for the school. Please come along; everyone welcome!

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