(Our School SENDCO is Mrs. Katy Arrowsmith who can be contacted on 01253 311248

At St. John Vianney Primary School We are committed to giving all our children every opportunity to achieve their full potential and grow as confident, independent learners. We see all our children as ‘unique’ individuals and our aspirational curriculum enables our learners to flourish.

Our high expectations for all children ensures access to a broad and balanced curriculum is embedded throughout school as we aim to remove any barriers to learning and participation. In addition to studying a full national curriculum we are proud of our ‘life skills’ and ‘oracy’ programme that contributes to developing confident, articulate learners who have a resilience toolkit to prepare them for life in modern Britain.

Through quality teaching and appropriate assessment potential areas of difficulty are identified in the early stages and ambitious but achievable targets are set. Sequences of lessons are planned to remove barriers and enable learners to flourish. All our classes are supported by teaching assistants and pupils are also offered additional one to one tuition, small group work or catch- up programmes where needed.

Where extra support is identified we utilise appropriate and timely interventions which may include: sensory breaks; use of our sensory room; speech and language intervention, brick-by brick therapy; time with our therapy dog ; anger management; draw and talk ;life skills curriculum ; active spelling; NELI (Nuffield Early Language Intervention) and precision teaching.

We work seamlessly with external agencies to ensure appropriate support is in place and we are proud of the progress our children with additional needs make across the curriculum.

Extra-curricular activities are fully inclusive, and we offer a broad range of activities across subject areas.

For details of our broad and balanced curriculum provided and adapted for SEND Children please see the relevant subject page and their Intent, Implementation, and Impact document.

For details relating to the implementation of the SEND Policy please see the information section within the policy itself. The SEND policy and Accessibility policy.

St John Vianney provides an accessible school environment. There is a disabled toilet, and every effort is made to accommodate disabled and able visitors. There is a lift available if visitors are unable to use the stairs.

There is a car park near school with two allocated disabled parking spaces and we will continue to make reasonable adjustments to avoid people who would find parking further away challenging being placed at any disadvantage.


Blackpool SEND Local Offer

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SEND Strategy

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SEND Policy

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Accessibility Plan

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SEND Information Report

This Local Offer shows our school’s inclusive nature and defines the good practice supporting children with Special Educational Needs to achieve their full potential. This Local Offer will be reviewed and revised as necessary.

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Blackpool FYi Directory

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Supporting Medical Conditions

Parents can find the Medical Conditions form for their children on the App.

Policy link here.

SEND Guide for Parents and Carers

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Support for SEND children

Please click here to be taken to the Blackpool Council page for further information.

Frequently Asked Questions
FYi Directory
Blackpool SEND Local Offer
SENDIASS - Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service

They aim to encourage and develop partnerships between children, young people, parents and carers, schools, Blackpool council and anyone who may be involved in working to identify, assess and meet the special educational needs of children and young people 0-25 years, who live in Blackpool.

They can provide you with free impartial, information, advice and support on the following:

  • Education matters
  • Local policy
  • Personal budgets
  • Preparation for adulthood
  • The law on SEND and equality
  • The EHCP process
  • Support at meeting (attendance subject to availability)
  • Filling in forms
  • Understanding reports and letters
  • Resolving disagreements including disagreement resolution, mediation and tribunal
  • Signposting
  • Links to local parent support groups and forums.

They can be contacted via email [email protected], by phone 01253 477083 or by post at:

Blackpool SENDIASS

Blackpool Council


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