Special Educational Needs Information

Mrs Jules Sanders (SENCo) Contact 01752 225649

Special Educational Needs

The school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) is Mrs Jules Sanders. 

She works to support the class teachers at High Street Primary Academy to meet the needs of children who have Special Educational Needs.

Below is a link to our Special Educational Needs Information Report, (updated September 2019) which gives advice, contacts and general information detailing how the school supports the Special Educational Needs (SEN) children and their parents/carers.

At High Street every endeavour to allow access to the school for all children will be made.  However, please be aware of the potential difficulties for certain categories of physical disability due to the nature of the building. Any request for a place at High Street Primary Academy will be treated sympathetically by the Governors.

 

Support for Parents of Children with SEND
Activities and Events
Free outdoor pursuits!
Lifeworks are offering FREE outdoor pursuits for children and young people with SEN who are aged 8 and over. Please see the flier below.
Information and support
Plymouth Online Directory (POD)
A website that provides welfare, health, SEN and social care information for adults and families living in Plymouth.
https://www.plymouthonlinedirectory.com/kb5/plymouth/directory/home.page
Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (PIAS) provides information, advice and support relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for parents, carers, children and young people within the Plymouth Local Authority area.PIAS provides parents, carers of children and young people with SEND and also the children with:
  • support at meetings
  • support with choosing schools, education and training settings

 

They can be contacted on 01752 258933 / 0800 953 1131 or at pias@plymouth.gov.uk

 

Groups and Clubs

Completely Special supports parents/families of children with disabilities. They hold regular events that parents, carers, siblings and even grannies can enjoy with a disabled child. They offer support and advice and also hold a variety of events, coffee evenings and meetings.
Contact: Tessa (Chair): 07727674730 or Denise (Secretary): 07850426729

 
Family Additional Needs Support (F.A.N.S) is a non-profit organisation in Plymouth that supports families with children with additional needs either diagnosed or still going through the process. We hold coffee mornings every Monday 9.30-11.30am and also hold additional needs activity evenings every Wednesday 6-8pm. These are both held at Stoke Youth and Community Centre,
Masterman Road, Stoke, Plymouth, PL2 1BJ.
Find us on Facebook by searching F.A.N.S.
Contact Kerry McMannus on 07599 996389

Contact: Tessa (Chair): 07727674730 or Denise (Secretary): 07850426729

 

SIBS Sibs Sibs is a UK charity representing the needs of siblings of children with disabilities. Contact: Tessa (Chair): 07727674730 or Denise (Secretary): 07850426729

 

Friends and Families of Special Children Friends and families of special children non-profit organisation unique to Plymouth, providing information, support and services for families with disabled children. The website is really useful with lots of information and often has upcoming events listed.

Young Carers
Young Carers Information
 
A young carer is a child or young person who is helping to look after someone at home.  Most are caring for a parents, commonly in a single parent family, but some may be taking responsibility for a sibling, grandparent or other relative.  In some instances, a young carer may care for more than one family member.  The person they look after may have one of more of the following:
-Physical disability
-Learning disability
-Mental illness
-Chronic illness
-Substance misuse problem
 
There are some different services in the city who offer targeted support to Young Carers.  The support offered will depend on the needs of the Young Carer and their family.
For advice, discussion and information contact the Gateway Team on 01752 668000 or email gateway@plymouth.gov.uk
 
Young carers can get support locally through Efford Youth Club.  They run groups, one for 8 to 10 year olds and one for 11-16 year olds.
Telephone 01752 776853 or email southeast.youth@plymouth.gov.uk
 
The Fun and Freedom club also offer support for young carers and can be found at the following web address www.friendsandfamilies.org.uk or telephone 01752 204369.
 
We are looking to support our young carers in school to a greater extent, beginning with offering a termly young carers club.  If you feel that your child is a young carer please come in and speak to Mrs Sanders who will be happy to talk this through with you further.  We also have young carer's nominations letters which can be obtained through the school office and sent in by parents or carers.
We would love some parent feedback on the SEN section of our website!
 
If you have any views on how it could be improved or any ideas of what you would like to be added please let Mrs Sanders know.
Useful Organisations

Useful Organisations

 

Websites for Children


Useful, fun websites with highly visual games for using with your children to consolidate early skills:

More information and links to useful websites will be added here as time goes on.