Our job is to help your child achieve the very best they can at school. This is to inform you of the types of support available to your child at St James Church School. It will help you to understand who can help and how this support can be accessed. This is linked to the Somerset Core Standards, a framework which describes the entitlement of children and young people in Somerset schools. In our school, all SEND falls under the six categories of; Cognition & Learning Needs, Communication & Interaction Needs, Physical, Medical & Alternative Communication Needs, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment and Social, Emotional & Mental Health Needs.
Please select the link below to find out more.
If you would like more information on our accessibility plan, it can be located on our policies page. Select the link below to access it.
For more information on anything you've read above, check out the SEND Local Offer page from Somerset Choices
At St James Church School all staff and governors are committed to working together to provide a safe, nurturing and inclusive learning environment to ensure every child is part of the school community, whatever their ability or need.
From April 2012 schools were expected to meet the requirements of the Equality Act. The Equality Act brings all legislation under a more straight forward law which is less complicated to understand and apply. The Equality Act 2010 replaced all existing equality legislation, including the Disability Discrimination Act. The effect of the law is the same as in the past, meaning that “schools cannot unlawfully discriminate against pupils because of sex, race, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation”. There are protected groups and schools have to ensure that the curriculum is delivered to allow access for all. To protect those people considered to have a disability reasonable adjustments must be made.
St James Church School is committed to providing an environment that enables full curriculum access that values and includes all children, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. We are committed to taking positive action in the spirit of the Equality Act 2010 with regard to disability and to developing a culture of inclusion, support and awareness within the school.
Please see Accessibility Plan and SEND information report for further details.