St Mary's RC Primary School

Full of grace, we grow and learn together

Support for Learners

At St. Mary’s RC Primary school we believe that all children irrespective of gender, race, faith, disability and social status have the right to an education in which they can flourish and ‘be the best that they can.. As an inclusive school we provide the opportunities to acquire new skills, knowledge and understanding. This can be most effectively achieved through quality first teaching, in which stimulating and challenging activities are matched to the individual levels of ability of the children. Children are encouraged to be self -motivated; to adopt a positive attitude to learning and to take responsibility for the choices they make.

While the staff of St. Mary’ RC Primary School strive to provide these opportunities, we believe that a child’s education is not the sole responsibility of the school but a partnership between staff, parents and professionals. All parents play a valuable part in their child’s education. If your child continues to work at a level well below their peers or makes little progress, despite accessing interventions and quality teaching, they may be identified as having Special Educational Needs

All our classes are supported by teaching assistants and pupils are also offered small group work or catch up programmes (also referred to as Intervention Programmes) if needed. Some pupils are supported to develop their social skills or to improve their emotional well-being through work with our Learning Mentor.

This School information report describes how we support pupils with Special Educational Needs at St. Mary’s RC Primary School.


Please find below our full school offer, our provision and access map and our

accessibility plan.

Our SENDCO is Miss D Beardsell and she can be contacted at:                       or by telephoning school on 0161 480 5319.

Introducing the Local Offer

The Aim of the Local Offer is to provide up to date and clear information for children & young people and their families in Stockport who have a child with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).

Who is the Local Offer website for?   Parents and Carers of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) aged 0 to 25.  The local offer is also a resource for professionals, volunteers and anyone involved in caring for or supporting young people with SEND.

What will you find here?  The Local offer provides up to date, jargon free information, about support services for children and young people with SEND.  The Local offer has put all this in one place so you can find information on:

  • Education and learning
  • Children’s Health service for young people aged 0-25 with SEND
  • Leisure activities and short breaks
  • Early years advice and support
  • 16 plus support and services
  • Support around Transitions
  • Latest news & upcoming events
  • Money matters
  • Social Care
  • Much more.

Why should you use the Local Offer?  The Local Offer has been developed with the help of parents, carers and young people. It is a ‘work in progress’ and will continually be reviewed and developed based on your feedback, so please keep telling us what you think about the website and the services you use. 

The local offer has been designed to make it easy for you to find:

  • Up to date jargon free information
  • The nearest and most suitable services and has numbers and contact details of professionals running these services
  • Information so that you can contact and access support and services directly yourself
  • When to be concerned about your child’s development and how to make a referral to appropriate services
  • Informaton to understand what schools and other organisations are required to do for children and young people with SEND
  • Information on how to feedback about services: where there are gaps, where services are good, where they need to improve and to raise concerns 

Click the link below to find out more: Stockport Local Offer.

PIPS is Stockport’s official local parent carer forum run by parents for parents, carers, grandparents and family members who have a child/young person between the ages of 0 & 25 years with special educational needs &  disabilities including any additional need.

For more information please visit:

Stockport Entitlement Framework

Over recent months we have Stockport SEND team has worked with parents, early years settings, schools, colleges and a range of professionals to develop Stockport’s Entitlement Framework. This document will help teachers and school leaders to further improve how they support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and help parents to understand the how the needs of their children should be met.

The full document is available here.

Network of SEND Champions

Stockport are creating a Network of SEND Champions, made up of willing parents, carers an professionals to provide support and signposting for children, young people and their families.

We held two scoping meetings in December 2019 and January 2020 which were well attended and really energetic. Parents, carers and professionals talked about what they could do as SEND Champions, what qualities a champion might have and the support they would need.

We are arranging regular meetings to allow parents/carers to network with each other and with professionals who can help signpost and provide support. We are also looking into resources and training that Champions will be able to access as well as a logo that everyone will be able to recognise.

To get involved, email us at You don’t have to attend regular meetings, you might just be able to share valuable information with others. Join us, be a SEND Champion!