Additional and Special Educational Needs

Merryhills is an inclusive, community school. Our vision requires us to be proactive and persistent in ensuring that all pupils are provided with the opportunities and safeguards necessary to fulfil their potential. All pupils are entitled to a curriculum which meets their individual needs. This includes vulnerable pupils, gifted and talented, looked-after children, pupils with a disability and those learning English as an additional language. At Merryhills we endeavour to support all pupils to overcome potential barriers to their learning. We practise the early identification of Additional and Special Needs through our monitoring and assessment procedures and by working closely with parents and external agencies. At the heart of this process is the pupil – the pupil’s perspective and voice is valued, listened to and acted upon. Appropriate support is provided for pupils with Additional and Special Needs through a combination of intervention, additional provision and effective partnership working.

Our Inclusion Manager is Stella Ioakim and our SENCo is Michelle Harmon.

Working in Partnership

At Merryhills, we actively forge partnerships which benefit our school community and make all stakeholders feel supported and that they belong. We promote a transparent, supportive relationship with parents and encourage their active involvement in the education of their children. We recognise that some families may not feel confident enough to ask for help when it is needed or know how to best support their children. We have an open-door policy for parents and endeavour to provide them with the information they need to make informed choices and decisions about their child. The Inclusion Manager works closely with families across the school, particularly those of pupils with SEN. If you would like to arrange a meeting with the Inclusion Manager, please contact the school office to make an appointment or call the main school telephone number, then ext. 5.

We also work closely with external agencies, benefitting from the expertise of colleagues outside of the primary school setting. We are often provided with resources, advice and information to support individual pupils, staff, parents or a wider sector of the Merryhills community.

We do not tolerate bullying at Merryhills and we strive to make our school community a ‘bully-free zone.’ We endeavour to provide a caring, friendly and safe environment for all pupils, parents and staff.