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St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School ‘Serve the Lord with Joy’

1. How is SEND organised at St Dominic Savio?

Our school is firmly committed to inclusion and works to make it possible for children with a wide range of needs to feel included and welcome. Our aspiration is that all pupils, irrespective of attainment, gender, ethnicity and need are able to achieve highly and feel happy and included in their education.


Mrs Jill Woof is our SENCO and Lead for Inclusion. She works with the school leadership team in strategic decisions, chairing annual reviews for children with an Education and Health Care Plan, review meetings with class teachers and liaising with external professionals. We are committed to quality first teaching in the classroom where children receive work appropriate to where they currently are with achievement. 


Our Governing Body has over-arching responsibility for SEND provision, review and evaluation. Our Teaching and Learning Committee lead on this. We discuss issues at each committee meeting and review all relevant policies. At Full Governing Body meetings the Head includes a report on special needs in his report to governors.


How is special needs teaching funded?

Every child in the school receives a ‘per pupil’ funding. We also receive additional funding to enable us to do additional teaching and to target needs. This is a lump sum calculated on a range of proxy indicators, such as the number of pupils in our school in receipt of free school meals and all pupils’ prior attainment.

It is our responsibility to manage these funds, our staffing and resources to ensure we meet the needs of all our pupils. For the small number of children who have very complex needs and who receive a full Education and Health Care Plan, Wokingham local authority gives us a further top up.