Buller Avenue, Preston, Lancashire PR1 9QQ

01772 742351

St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School

Nurturing hearts and minds

Additional Needs


What Is SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)?

A child or young person has special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty or a disability which calls for special educational provision (in addition to or different from other children) to be made for them.

Four Broad Areas of SEN 

  • Cognition and Learning
  • Communication and Interaction
  • Physical and Sensory
  • Social Emotional Mental Health 

A child may have issues in more than 1 category.


All children are entitled to an education that enables them to fulfil their potential in all areas in order to prepare them for a fulfilling and happy future. At our school we have children with a varied spectrum of difficulties that we do our utmost to provide for. If you have any concerns or worries about your child having additional needs then please arrange an appointment (via the school office on office@st-marymagdalen.lancs.sch.uk) with your child's class teacher or Mrs J. Briscoe the school SENDCO (Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator)  Our SEN governor is Mrs D. Skeoch.

For our latest SEND policy, accessibility plan and SEND information report, please see our policies page here. These are summary documents of what we offer at our school to support Special Educational Needs. 
Below are some useful websites that can give you additional support and guidance:


Lancashire Local Offer

The local offer brings together information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.

Lancashire SEND IAS

Lancashire SEND Information, Advice and Support Service is a statutory service which is run at ‘arm’s length’ from the Local Authority and provides free, confidential, impartial advice, guidance and support to parents of children with special educational needs and children and young people with SEND


The FIND database includes information about disabled children and young people up to 25 years old in Lancashire. Families are invited to submit details about their disabled child or young person to the database, which is used to develop an overview of the needs of disabled children across the county to assist with planning services. The FIND service is strictly confidential - no individual information about any children or their families is shared with anyone. Every family recorded on the FIND database receives a quarterly newsletter free of charge to help them keep informed about services and support which may be relevant. 

Parent's Guide to the SEN Code of Practice

A guide on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND).


Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity (number 327691) operating in England. IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 

Talk Zone

Advice and support for 0-19 year olds (up to 25 for young people with learning difficulties or disabilities).

Autism Support

Links to lots of useful and relevant websites helping you and your child with ASD traits / diagnosis.

ADHD Support

Advice, guidance and support about ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

Young Minds

 Advice for parents / carers concerned about about the mental health of a child or a young person.

Accessing Help From The School Nurse

Free Wellbeing and Emotional Support For Children