Children with special educational needs and disabilities

At Coulsdon C of E we aim to motivate and encourage all children to reach their full potential, spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. We recognise that an appreciation of each child’s strengths can enable the individual to feel valued, and we are aware of the importance of giving all children equal opportunities. We focus on the outcomes for children with SEND and tailor our provision to meet these.

Our policies and principles build on developing:

  • The views, wishes and feelings of the child or young person and the child’s parents/carers
  • The importance of the child or young person and the child’s parents/carers, participating as fully as possible in decisions, and being provided with the information and support necessary to enable participation in those decisions
  • The need to support the child or young person, and their parents/carers in order to facilitate the development of the child or young person and to help them achieve the best possible educational outcomes, preparing them effectively for adulthood.

Involvement of children and families are at the heart of the SEND reforms.  At Coulsdon C of E we provide a person centred approach to identify, assess and improve outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs.


Our school it part of an exciting initiative by Croydon Council to improve support for children with special needs or disabilities (SEND) who live in Croydon.

We are working with a cluster of local schools, who together have been given funding to provide early intervention and better targeted help to support children and young people with SEND. This will enable our special needs staff to work closely with our partner schools to quickly get the necessary support and help for pupils who are beginning to demonstrate that they have additional needs which cannot be met through our own school SEND resources.

This early help may be in the form of advice, school to school support, referral to specialist services, or additional resources. The support can be put in place rapidly without unnecessary delay. This is because our group of schools manage the funding between us so we can direct this to the most suitable children in an efficient targeted way. If, despite this rapid support it is thought that a child would still benefit from an Education and Health Care Plan the local group will work together to ensure that the application to assess is submitted promptly with all the relevant information including from outside professionals.

The initiative is called “Locality SEND Support” and will run throughout this academic year. We will of course monitor the outcomes closely and we will always involve parents and carers in any decisions made and review the support regularly. Presently the scheme is only for Croydon residents and will not impact on students who already have an Education & Health Care Plan or those in Enhanced Learning Provisions.

If you want to learn more about this scheme, please contact our SENDCo and we will be happy to provide you with you further details.

LSS information letter for SEND parents Autumn 2023

LSS Detailed guide for parents Autumn 2022

Locality SEND




Who are the best people at Coulsdon CofE Primary to talk to about my child’s Special Educational Need?

  • Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator (SENDCo) is Mrs Kirsty Wyatt
  • Our SEND Governor is Mrs Anne Gledhill

Both can be contacted via written correspondence or email to the school.  Mrs Wyatt can also be contacted by telephone at the school.