Oldfield Lane, Bath, Avon, BA2 3NR

01225 303990

Inclusion and SEND

SENCo: Catrin Geeson

Link Governor: Mrs Tanya Watt

Email: cgeeson@stjohns.bathnes.sch.uk


Inclusion and SEND at St John's Catholic Primary School

At St John’s Catholic Primary School, we strive to be fully inclusive, providing opportunities for all our pupils to meet their full potential.  We recognise that every child is unique, and can benefit from support in a wide variety of areas, be it academic, physical, communication, social or emotional as well as valuing the distinctive contribution that every child brings to our school.  

The range of methods that we use to support children in school is detailed in our SEND Information Report below. 

St John's Catholic Primary School SEND Information Report

We give children access to a full range of inclusive activities across the school including: 

1:1 or small group Thrive sessions

Talk About - a social skills programme

Active Literacy


Speaking and Listening activities


Attention Autism 

Emotional Literacy Support, with our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)



In addition to our school-based interventions, we are also able to refer to a pre-CAMHS support service through the BANES Mental Health Support Team.  They are able to offer series of group, 1:1 or parent and child sessions based around anxiety, promoting positive wellbeing and understanding and managing behaviour.   For more details on this, please view the information leaflet, and get in touch with Catrin Geeson to discuss a referral into this service.


SEND Newsletters

Please use the below links to access the SEND Newsletters for the academic year 2022-23:

SEND News Term 1

SEND News Term 2

SEND News Term 3

SEND News Term 4

SEND News Term 5

SEND News Term 6 *

* The link to the Google Form for feedback is not working on the newsletter.  Please use this link: https://forms.gle/z3C5PTb5JThnrjZd7

Courses for parents

For parents with a child or children with a diagnosis of autism, the Specialist Autism Support Service (SASS) based at Fosseway provide training courses and information.  Click here to see upcoming courses for autumn 2023, along with information about how to book.

Parents and carers are invited to take part in Cook It a FREE cook-a-long style course for families to learn how to cook low cost, healthy meals.  To find out more about how you and your children can book onto a course and to see venues and dates visit https://bathneshealthandcare.nhs.uk/childrens/childrenshealthyweight/ To book please contact the Community Wellbeing Hub on 0300 247 0050 or email bathnes.thehub@hcrgcaregroup.com.

Further information for parents

The local authority have their local offer presented as a ‘Rainbow Resource’ website, which provides information to families with a child or young person with SEND. 



The Thrive website has lots of useful information regarding the Thrive Approach used in school.



School Nursing Service

To contact the School Nursing Team directly for advice or referrals, please call the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0300 247 0055, or email hcrg.bathnesspa@nhs.net



Visual Resources for Reading

Guide Dogs UK can provide customised books to help with visual difficulties when reading.  These are available on the following website at recommended retail prices: https://guidedogsuk.force.com/shop/s/


Young Carers

Children and young people who do a lot to help look after family are often called young carers.  The BANES Young Carers Centre offers lots of support, advice and activities.  Please visit their website for more information: Welcome to the carers centre young carers site - Young Carers (banescarerscentre.org.uk)


Livewell B&NES

The B&NES Council’s Live Well B&NES website brings together information and resources for people of all ages living across Bath & North East Somerset.  For a directory of services for your family, visit https://livewell.bathnes.gov.uk/children-and-families/family-support-services-and-organisations



The Specialist Autism Support Service based at Fosseway have put together a padlet with lots of useful resources, links and information about training and advice for parents.  This can be accessed here: https://padlet.com/SASSBathnes/ParentSupport

St John's Extra Provision Poster

For our school's SEND policy please see our Policies page.


If you have any questions about special education needs, disabilities, or inclusion, or have any concerns about your child, please contact Catrin Geeson, at cgeeson@stjohns.bathnes.sch.uk.