St Helens’ motto is ‘a small school with a big heart’ and that is at the heart of SEND provision at our rural, nurturing school. We recognise that all children are different and therefore require a range of ways to access their education. We respond by adapting the delivery of the curriculum and vary resources to access learning to suit their learning needs so they can enjoy their day at school. We make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, attitudes and interests. We have a whole school approach that ensures inclusivity for all children.

We foster independence from the beginning of their school journey, helping them to develop their thinking and problem solving skills to be effective learners as well as skills needed for a fulfilling life. We foster a joy for learning across the curriculum and encourage children to fully participate.

We work in partnership with parents and carers to ensure that we get to know the whole child and therefore recognise that the child’s family has a crucial part to play in making their education rewarding and successful. We also work alongside external agencies to develop specific outcomes.

We are committed to ensuring equal opportunities, inclusion and freedom from discrimination for all our children. We have a caring and understanding team looking after our children who strive to help all pupils achieve to the best of their abilities. We promote the children’s own self value and enthusiasm by encouraging a growth mindset and resilience as well as celebrating success together.

Consequently, children at St Helens Primary School feel happy and safe. They leave our small school well prepared for the next stage of their education. We have good links with secondary schools on the Island and prepare information the next school needs, alongside the family, to enable the children to continue to be successful in their lifelong learning journey.

SEN Leaflet for parents
Isle of Wight Local Offer

Helpful Local and National Support Links for Parents
SENDIASS – advice and support for parents of children with SEND needs on the Isle of Wight
Autism support group for parents on the Isle of Wight
British dyslexia association
Communication Trust – support for parents of children with speech and language difficulties
The UK ADHD partnership
Support for families with a disabled child
Sleep Habits
Online Autism Courses for parents and carers
SEND Friendly Spaces