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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

At St. Leonard’s CE Primary School, we seek to nurture faith and inspire success for all pupils.  Through innovative teaching, high expectations and an inclusive curriculum we provide the opportunity for all learners to achieve and to make a positive contribution to society.

As an academy within Lambeth, we are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible and to meet the needs of pupils with SEND in a mainstream setting, wherever possible.

The school meets children's needs across the four areas of SEND:


  • Communication and interaction



  • Cognition and learning



  • Social, emotional and mental health



  • Sensory and physical 



The school follows the Graduated Approach throughout its SEND support process. This starts with its process for early identification of SEND, raising initial concerns about a child, writing Student Support Plans (SSPs) through to carrying out the provision outlined in Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). The school also engages with external professionals such as educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and professionals working with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), where appropriate.


Assess, plan, do, review: The graduated approach to SEN

Click here to read the school’s SEND Information Report

Click here to read the school’s SEND policy

Click here to get to the Lambeth Local Offer Website.

The Inclusion Team

 Gabriella Heaney - SENDCo                                 



Jose Rey - Learning Mentor



Designated Teacher for Looked After Children - Gabriella Heaney

Speech and Language Therapist  - Danielle van der Merwe

Lambeth Autism Advisory Service Teacher - Edyta Zjawiony

School Nurse - Talisa Baptiste


We provide a range of interventions to meet the children’s needs at St Leonard’s.  These are run by teachers, TAs and the Learning Mentor. The interventions are organised based on assessment and observation of children's needs and in discussion with class teachers, the SENDCo, the learning mentor and parents.

The interventions that we provide at St Leonard’s are:

Social, emotional and mental health needs:

  • Lego therapy
  • Dealing with Feelings
  • Therapeutic art
  • Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) support 

Learning and cognition needs:

  • Precision teaching
  • Number Stacks Maths
  • Reading interventions (1:1 and small group)
  • Writing interventions (such as Colourful Semantics)
  • Spelling support

Physical and sensory needs:

  • Lego therapy
  • Fine motor skills groups
  • Sensory circuits 
  • Use of the Sensory Room

Communication and interaction Needs:

  • Circle of Friends
  • Social skills groups
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Language enrichment groups
  • Attention and listening groups