Ethos and Values

As a Catholic school, ‘who’ our students become is as important to us as ‘what’ they become. Gospel values permeate all the work undertaken in the school and students are encouraged to recognise the importance of education in their own fulfilment as valued individuals for the betterment of society.

Special Educational Needs

If a child is formally identified as having SEN or SEND by an external agency, with the agreement of parents/carers, they are placed on the SEN register. If they are achieving a considerably lower level than usual within the national expectations for their age, a decision may be made to request a formal assessment for an EHC Plan (Education Health Care Plan).

On gathering all relevant advice about a student’s progress the SEN team may issue an EHC Plan outlining outcomes to be met and additional provision to be provided.

Wherever possible students with SEND are taught in mainstream lessons and follow the usual timetable for their teaching group. In order to facilitate this they may be supported by a Teaching Assistants in addition to the differentiated provision provided by the teacher. Where it is judged to be more effective, the student may be withdrawn from certain lessons (agreed in consultation with parents and the student) to facilitate small group teaching or 1:1 teaching.

All class teachers have a summary of the needs of each child with SEND for effective learning. They are also supplied with a list of SEND students in the “class” and additional SEND information where appropriate e.g. characteristics of dyslexia, etc. They will also have access to the child’s student profile.

St Nicholas is also home to the ARC – the Autism Resource Centre.


May 2021

The SEND Local offer is currently under review and a suggestion has been made to link the SEN Information Report for all schools and colleges to the www.livewell.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk site.

This will provide parents and young people a central place to explore the SEND provision within our borough.


For more information see the policy and reports below: