Central Avenue
Newton Aycliffe
Co. Durham

01325 300339

St Mary's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School

SEND and Mental Health Information


Since September 2014 Local Authorities (LA) and schools have been required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) aged 0-25. This is known as the ‘Local Offer’.  

The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice for families and will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.

Further information about the Local Offer can be found on the County Durham Families Information Service website.

SEND Information Report

Schools also have to publish a SEND Information Report  SEND INFORMATION REPORT on their website.  This will provide details about how we implement our policy for children and young people with SEND.

If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment with Miss Wills our new SENDCo on

tel. 01325 300 339.



Key Policies

We have put a number of our school policies  on the website but the most important ones for parents of children with SEND are listed below:

If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.


Agencies and Partnerships

At St Mary's we enjoys good working relationships with a wide range of people who provide services to children with SEND and their families, particularly when a child is demonstrating further cause for concern or their learning need is more complex and persistent.

The external specialists may:

  • Act in an advisory capacity
  • Extend expertise of school staff
  • Provide additional assessment
  • Support a child directly
  • Suggest statutory assessment is advisable
  • Consult with all parties involved with the child

These include:

If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.


Durham Resources



Durham has published the following on their website  and you might find it extremely useful:



  • Do you have an iPad or tablet device?
  • Do you use it with a child or young person with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)? 
  • Don't know which apps would be useful?


You need the Durham SEND & Inclusion App Resource!


The following resource has been created by professionals from the SEND & Inclusion Service in Durham and contains a range of apps which may be beneficial for children and young people with SEND.

The SEND & Inclusion Service in Durham does not endorse or recommend any of the following app products over others. This resource is intended as a useful starting point for parents, school staff and professionals who work with children with SEND.

This resource is the intellectual property of the SEND & Inclusion Service in Durham and its author. You may print, use and share this resource for personal or professional use. However, you may not re-sell or commercially exploit it, publish the resource without expressed written permission or make mass copies of the resource without expressed written permission. You may not credit this resource as your own.

This is an interactive resource. By clicking on icons/buttons you can navigate to and from resources and back to the home page of the resource or back to the Local Offer website.

Durham SEND & Inclusion App Resource

This resource will be updated on an annual basis.





Special iApps


Special iApps is a non-profit social enterprise based in Durham, dedicated to helping children learn, developing apps for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and for Android tablets and smartphones.

The apps are developed in close co-operation with education professionals, parents and children, and are designed to be suitable for typically developing children and those with special educational needs, including those with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and hearing impairment.


Click on the link below to go straight to the Local Durham SEND page to find more details.

Special iApps




Useful Links

Here is a list of useful links for pupils, parents and carers.

Links for parents

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Links for Pupils

e-Safety Websites

Durham Music Services

Durham Music Services aim to inspire young people in our communities to enjoy music throughout their lives. They provide a wide range of high quality musical educational opportunities aiming for the highest standards. Visit the Durham Music Services website for further information.



Mental Health


One of our school priorities is Emotional Health and Well-being. We take the psychological health and well-being of our staff seriously as happy teachers make for happy and healthy pupils and school.

We recognise that good physical, mental and emotional health are key to leading a happy and satisfying life, so we do a lot to support our whole school community including, pupils and their families as well as the staff.


During the Coronavirus and Lockdown, many of us will be feeling, overwhelmed, scared, lonely, isolated, or totally stressed. Here are some additional resources that might help:


Mentally Healthy Schools

Young Minds

Look After Yourself, Looking After Your Children

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