SEND - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities


Southmead Primary School ensures that necessary provision is made for any pupil who has disabilities or special educational needs.  Through training and experience, all staff in school can identify and provide for those pupils who have disabilities or special educational needs, to allow all pupils to access the school curriculum and related activities.  The wishes of the parents and the children are at the forefront of our provision and communication plays a key role in ensuring successful support. We use a graduated approach to helping children with disabilities or special educational needs, and seek advice from outside agencies and/or funding when relevant.

To contact our SENDCo (SEND Coordinator), please either call the office or email:

SEND Drop-in and Coffee!
Due to the success of our new
weekly SEND drop-in sessions, we
are pleased to let you know that we
are now offering a coffee morning
alongside the drop-in. Pop along to
the Bungalow between 8.30 -
9.30 am every Tuesday to chat to
a member of the SEND team or just
to share a cuppa / biscuit with other
parents / carers of children with


Diversity is a group run by the Unlimited Dance Company based in Barnstaple for children with additional needs. The group takes place every Saturday morning 9.15-10.15am with a minimum age of 5 years but no upper age limit. At Diversity budding performers have great fun learning dance, singing and acting and work towards a performance at the end of each term. The studios have wheelchair facilities and all the teachers are trained in teaching children with additional needs. They guarantee that you will have a great time every Saturday and make new friends. Join in the fun at DIVERSITY. To find out more, call the studio on 01271 268272 or email

Click HERE to find out about books for pupils with SEND

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Southmead Primary School have a dedicated Pastoral Support Team, which includes our Behaviour Support Team, whose practice has been recognised as being very strong.  Our interventions and additional support are guided and monitored regularly by senior leaders to assess their impact on the children’s learning and well being. Regularly reviewing our targeted provision is vital to ensure that the needs of each individual child are met.  Within the team we have trained Counsellors and Specialist Mental Health practitioners, who listen to pupils and signpost them and their families to the many multi - agencies that we work alongside.

We have specialist staff trained in Neuro-Linguistics Programming and Appreciative Enquiry, Safe Handling Practices (PIPS) and Children In Care mentoring.  We provide Mental health supervision for staff, we have regular liaison with Chivenor Military base and involvement with the local Primary Support Base.  We have a dedicated nurture-based bungalow for therapeutic work.


We also have many class and grouped based interventions:

  • Class reward systems and certificates

  • Nurture groups

  • Friendship groups

  • Lunchtime club

  • Classroom Expectations group

  • Auditory/working memory activities

  • Forest and Beach schools

  • Dogs Helping Kids therapy and reading support

  • THRIVE based activities  


Complete the form below to contact Miss Hapgood (SENDCo) direct

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