Inclusion - SEND

St Meriadoc Infant Academy is committed to meeting the needs of every pupil at school. We have high expectations of all pupils whatever their needs and abilities and teach a creative, inclusive and enriched curriculum that helps every child reach their full potential.  

Children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) are highly valued and respected at St Meriadoc and are supported by skilled and motivated teachers and support staff. We understand that pupils have different educational and behavioural needs and aspirations. As a result of this, we will make every effort to adapt teaching and learning to support the child’s educational development. 

Teaching approaches and provision will be refined in order for children with specific needs to access their education. When planning, teachers set suitable learning challenges and respond to pupils’ diverse learning needs. We work hard to ensure that a pupil’s individual challenges are addressed and monitored so that every child makes progress, both academically, socially and emotionally. 

Throughout their time at St Meriadoc Infant Academy children may receive varying levels of support according and circumstances. Some children may require additional support which is facilitated through 1:1 adult support, individualised and specialist resources provided or a personalised timetable. 

A more in-depth understanding of the provision on offer at St Meriadoc Infant Academy can be found using the links below, or alternatively you can contact our school SENDCO Mrs Natasha Stephens:

Please find St Meriadoc Infant Academy's Information Report (Local Offer) and other useful links below:


Cornwall SEND Local Offer

SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service)

Family Information Service

Early Help Hub

Our SEN team includes Mrs Stephens, school SENCo and Miss Smith, Family Liaison Officer.

Mrs Stephens and Miss Smith are Trauma Informed School practitioners. This means that they are able to support children’s mental health and well-being.

Please contact us if you have any concerns about your child’s progress, development or behaviours. You can phone or email. In the past we have helped families in a number of ways, such as,

  • Referring to speech and language
  • Contacting the school nurse to help with toileting
  • Contacting the Health Visitor to support with sleeping patterns/behaviours
  • Arranged for an Educational psychologist visit
  • Linked with special schools
  • Referred to Dreadnoughts
  • Applied for Education and Health Care Plans
  • Applied for children to be placed on the ASD pathway
  • Arranged small group intervention work
  • Sessions carried with Miss Smith based on an individual's need
  • We have arranged for families to be contacted by Family Support Workers
  • Put Early Years TAC meetings into place
  • Invited the Early Years Inclusion team in for visits
  • Applied for additional funding to purchase resources for specific needs.
  • Parenting support classes

Even if it is just an informal chat you need, please contact us. We would like your child and family to feel supported by the school.

Our SEN policy and local school offer report are available to view below.