SEND Policies

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Our SEN Information Report – which is part of Durham County Council’s Local Offer – provides details about how we support children and young people with Special Educational Needs in our school.

The SEN Information Report was reviewed and updated in June 2023.

At St. William’s, we follow a ‘whole school approach’ and have extremely dedicated staff members, who are committed to providing for all children, regardless of their level of need. Through clear communication with families, as well as with a range of agencies, we identify and meet each child’s needs on an individual level. Through quality first teaching, staff members are highly motivated to working towards the most positive outcome for each individual child.

This SEND Information Report should be read alongside the school’s SEND Policy, the Equalities Information and Objectives and the Accessibility Plan.

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Key Contacts

  • Head teacher: Mr Tiplady, 01429 880 348 or
  • SENCO: Mrs Curtis, 01429 880 348 or
  • SEN Link Governor: Mrs Cross, 01429 880 348 or

SEND Admissions

For information on the admission of pupils with a disability, please visit the School Admission section of our website and view the Accessibility Plan.

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If you would like to discuss your child’s SEN in more detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.

Local Offer

The full range of local support available for children/ young people with SEND and their families within and outside of school can be found in the County Durham Local Offer

Disability and Accessibility

We are committed to providing a fully accessible environment which values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual and emotional needs. We are committed to challenging negative attitudes about disability and accessibility and to developing a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion.

What we do to prevent pupils with disabilities from being treated less favourably:

At St William’s, we teach children how to be caring and kind to all children, regardless of their needs. Assemblies are held each week, each with a strong link to scripture, to teach children how to live their lives peacefully. Our Catholic ethos teaches us how to treat others as we would want to be treated.

The facilities to assist access are outlined in our Accessibility Plan which you can find in the School Policies section of our website. 

Our Accessibility Plan and the short, medium and long term actions, will be reviewed and adjusted on an annual basis and a new Accessibility Plan will be produced every three years.

The Accessibility Plan contains relevant actions to:

  • Improve access to the physical environment of the school, adding specialist facilities as necessary.
  • Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disability. This covers reasonable adjustments within teaching and learning, specialist aids and equipment and the wider curriculum of the school, such as after school clubs, visits etc,
  • Improve the provision of information to pupils, staff, parents and visitors with disabilities.  All information will be made available in various formats within a reasonable time frame.