Special Educational Needs and Disability

All children are entitled to an education that enables them to:

  • To achieve their best;
  • To become confident young individuals, living fulfilling lives;
  • Make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment or further education or training.

(SEN Code of Practice 2014)


Our SEND contact is Emma Sutcliffe

email: esutcliffe@st-johnsouthworth.lancs.sch.uk




Learning Support Provision 


The range of provision co-ordinated through learning support is comprehensive and support is personalised to meet the specific needs of pupils


  • First quality teaching
  • Challenge
  • 1:1 support where needed
  • Medical/Physical difficulty support
  • In-class support
  • Gross/fine motor skills intervention
  • Nurture
  • Transition support towards at each key stage
  • Life Skills club
  • Reading intervention
  • Phonics intervention
  • Numeracy intervention
  • Speech and Language intervention
  • Dyslexia intervention
  • Literacy and Numeracy intervention
  • Social Skills/ASD support
  • Visual Impairment support and intervention
  • Hearing Impairment support and intervention
  • Personalised curriculum
  • Educational psychology support.
  • Specialist teaching
  • Play therapy


Disability Access

The school has its own gated car park for use by staff and visitors only. There is a sizeable disabled parking bay which is made available to parents if their vehicle carries a blue badge. Access from the car park to the main entrance is via a tarmac pathway that is clearly marked. The school is built on 2 levels connected by 4 steps which house a passenger lift for wheelchair/walker access. All entrances and exits to school are wheelchair accessible. Most doors in school have been adapted to allow for easier access for wheelchair bound pupils, although all are accessible.

In addition to the normal children's toilet facilities, there is a disabled toilet incorporating a shower. The school also has a hearing loop in the hall to support children or parents with hearing impairments.


Useful Websites


Please note these websites are not linked to the school and we are not responsible for their content.

The following websites give definitions of, information on and ways of working with specific conditions in education.

Bolton Parent Carer Consortium


Dyslexia Information and Support

British Dyslexia Association http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/

Helen Arkell Centre www.arkellcentre.org.uk

Reid, Gavin www.gavinreid.co.uk

The Dyslexia Institute www.dyslexia-inst.org.uk

Speech and Language Information and Support

Afasic England – supporting children and their parents to overcome speech and language difficulties. The website contains a wealth of information for children, young people, their parents/carers and the professionals who are providing support and services for them.


I CAN – the children’s communication charity. I CAN’s mission is to make sure that everyone in contact with children knows how important communication is, what a communication difficulty looks like and what they can do to help.


Talking Point – the first stop for information on children’s communication


Websites about specific learning difficulties:

Dyspraxia Foundation


Social,Emotional and Mental Health Information and Support



Youngs Minds: for Children’s mental health


Autistic Spectrum Information and Support

The National Autistic Society www.autism.org.uk/

Autism Speaks https://www.autismspeaks.org/

NHS www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Autism/Pages/Helpparentscarers.aspx

Visual and or Hearing impairment

National Blind Children’s Society


The National Deaf Children’s Society


Down’s syndrome

Down’s Syndrome Association