The Special Educational Needs Leader (SENCO) is Mrs Jo Jones who is the Reception Lead Teacher and Assistant Head Teacher of the school.
In St Gregory and St Patrick’s Catholic Infant School we have access to specialist Senior Teaching Assistants and Higher Level Teaching Assistants who have training in a range of areas including, specific literacy difficulties, autism awareness and nurture provision focusing on Social and Emotional needs. Included in what our school can offer is continued support with Speech and Language difficulties through regular meetings and working alongside Speech and Language Therapists. In St. Gregory and St. Patrick’s Catholic Infant School we believe every child is unique and endeavour to meet the needs of those who have difficulties.
Having a child with a disability can be overwhelming and you may not know where to go or who to ask for advice. There are many organisations that can help answer your questions or direct you to those who can. Here are some links to websites that may be helpful in supporting you and your family:
Contact a Family – Cumbria, North West
Contact a Family provides support, advice and information to families caring for children and young people with disabilities or additional needs across the North West region including Cumbria. For more information please contact the team manager Karen Robinson on 01706 220 578 or email Karen.Robinson@cafamily.org.uk. You can also find out more on our website http://www.cafamily.org.uk/inyourarea.
The National Autistic Society (NAS)
ican is a charity that can give support to families with children with communication difficulties. There are helpful hints and tips for helping your child communicate effectively and how you can help.
We work closely with medical professionals when we are informed of serious allergies. We regularly update our first aid training and are trained in the use of adrenaline pens when a child has an allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
New laws are now allowing schools to hold additional pens in school. Click on the link below for additional information.