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St Louis Catholic Academy

St Louis
Catholic Academy

Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs at St Louis:

How we support children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities:

By recognising Jesus Christ in ourselves and others, our school strives to be a living Christian Community which values and nurtures each individual through a sound education and encourages responsible attitudes towards our changing world.”

Please click the link below to learn how we fully support children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities at St Louis:

School Information Report

Further information, support and advice for parents:

Information about support services and local opportunities for children and young people with SEND can be accessed through Suffolk Local Offer/Infolink:

Visit Suffolk Infolink

SEND Policy

Please follow the link to access the school’s SEND policy:

Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy

The Policy provides detailed information about how it is implemented at St Louis Academy.

Admission arrangements

Admission arrangements are in accordance with the school’s current Admission Policy. According to our admissions policy, “The Governors are required to admit children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan which names St Louis Academy as the school appropriate to their needs”. The Head and Governors will make every reasonable effort where/if possible to accommodate and provide for the specific requirements of a child with SEND. Every decision regarding a child with special educational needs and/or disability will only be made based on the best interests of the child concerned and the ability of the school to serve those interests.

Categories of SEND

In accordance with the SEND Code of Practice reforms (2014) there are four recognised categories of SEND:

  • Communication and Interaction (including Autistic Spectrum Disorders)
  • Cognition and Learning (Severe Learning Difficulties, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Specific Learning Difficulties)
  • Social, mental and emotional health (including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Sensory and/or physical disabilities

Definition of SEND

A child is considered to have special educational needs or disability if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability that means he or she has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than most others of the same age, or has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.

What our SEND Families say about St Louis:

"Would like to say Thank you for everything you have done so far."

"Thank you for the morning Sensory Circuits and Calm club!!!"

"My child is happier doing  homework like other children in his class. He did his last homework with smile and without any questions. He's writing a sentence/ story every day at home."

"Since the instigation of coping strategies and circuits, my child's ability to manage emotions and concentrate has improved."

" My child is very happy in St Louis and really likes his class environment, staff and  pupils. He was supported well in feeling positive about moving  class, which he had initially been very worried and tearful about. He likes attending Chatty Chefs."

"We are very happy with the school."

Our SEND Governor is Jenny Balmer:

Inclusion & Family Support Newsletter

Autumn Term 1 2023