Special Education Needs
All children are welcomed to St. Edward's Catholic Primary School. Every child is unique and our mission is to develop the full potential of every child. Some children will need extra support within school either as a short term strategy or for an ongoing need.
Our SENCo is Mrs Samuel, who is a Qualified Teacher and has been accredited by the National Award for SEN Co-ordination. Mrs Samuel also has a Master's Degree in Special Education. Parents and Carers can contact Mrs Samuel by calling the school office (01795 662708) to make an appointment.
Governors with SEN responsibility are Mrs Cheesbrough (Chair of Governors) and Mrs Wells.
The school is on one level with wheelchair access to the main door, the rear of the building and the car park entrance. A disabled parking space is available.
The Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS) Swale District
We work closely with the Local Inclusion Forum Team (LIFT), supporting children with Special Educational Needs. Here is information about the specialist teacher team at LIFT.
Speech and Language Support
At St Edward's we can provide access to the NHS Speech and Language service. In addition we offer in-school Speech and Language Therapy advice and interventions. From April 2018, these are delivered by Everybody Talks Ltd. The lead Therapist is John Doleman and he will work closely with the SENCO (Mrs Samuel) and the Speech and Language Teaching Assistant (Mrs Neeves).
Below are some useful links, if you would like further information about Speech and Language Needs, or ideas for supporting at home.
Child or Young Person Mental Health Service (CYPMHS)
Kent CYPMHS provides emotional wellbeing and mental health advice and support for young people and their families across Kent. Children, young people and families are able to access this service via a single point of access using a single phone number. Parents and carers can refer their children directly, or they can ask school to help them to do this.
0300 123 4496
They are open 8-8 Mon-Frid or 8-12 Sat and Bank Holidays.
Outside these hours you will be transferred directly to Mental Health Direct.
KCC Local Offer: Parents and young people are encouraged to browse through the KCC Local Offer website for advice, guidance and information relating to SEND http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs