Special Educational Needs and Disabilities/Inclusion

Sir Robert Geffery’s School prides itself in being an inclusive primary school. We want all of our children to be supported and challenged to meet their full potential. Sometimes our pupils may need additional support to do well in school. Nic Jones our SEND coordinator works alongside parents, outside professionals and all staff, to ensure that in these cases children have the support and guidance they need.

Initially THRIVE trained she has successfully overseen the programme for many years. In Cornwall it was changed to TIS and a government grant enabled it to expand through the county. Susan Green trained in this area and has time out of the classroom to support some of the pupils. We are also fortunate to have Vicky Lavis who trained at St Mellion and supports some pupils now at SRG. Sam Bowers is also qualified and supports children as well. Similar to THRIVE, we have two ELSA trained staff – Becky Blunt and Carolyne Pierce-Jones who support children in the classes that they work.

We are really concerned about the impact of Covid and both ELSA and TIS are part of our programme to support children so that we can prevent any longer-term concerns. Mrs Jones is our Designated Mental Health lead, but other members of staff have also gained the qualification on this area including Mrs Curtis. All staff will have completed an awareness course so that they can identify any potential concerns and know how to support children.

At SRG we are confident in dealing with a wide range of needs. We are always looking to keep up-to-date with new initiatives and ensure all our staff are fully trained to support the needs of our current pupils.

If you have a concern about your child, please speak to their class teacher or contact Nic Jones: njones@sir-robert-gefferys.cornwall.sch.uk or 01752 851362