St Gabriel’s is an inclusive educational community in which each child is valued and supported as an individual within our school family.

We believe that every child is unique, gifted and special and it is our role to support and inspire them. We believe that children have an equal right to an inclusive education, which enables them to fully develop their personal, social and intellectual potential and to experience success every single day.

This is underpinned by the policy of our trust.

Trust SEND Policy Statement

At Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust our vision for children with special educational needs and disabilities is the same as for all children – that they fulfil their potential through enjoying, achieving and celebrating their learning by keeping Christ at the centre of all they do, that they have high aspirations and are aware that they are known and valued members of their community. We believe that all children have an equal right to an education which enables them to fully develop their personal, social and intellectual potential and become lifelong learners fulfilling their Christian mission and moral purpose. Within our Trust we have a commitment to high achievement and we strive to provide all our children with a quality education matched appropriately to their particular needs. We see high quality provision as essential and believe that channelling our energies into working closely together as a family of Catholic schools to provide outstanding education will bring high aspirations into reality for all of our pupils.

SEND Information, Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS)

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Services provide independent support to parents, carers and young people.

If they aren’t able to help you, they can put you in touch with someone who can. You might contact the service if you:

  • need help understanding and filling in forms and paperwork relating to education
  • need the Special Educational Needs (SEN) process explaining
  • would like more information about your child’s specific learning difficulty
  • feel communication has broken down between you and your child’s school
  • want to appeal against any decision made about your child’s education
  • are a child or young person who wants information, advice or support about your own special educational needs, including problems at school that are not being resolved with your parents’ help
  • want an Independent Supporter to help you understand the Education, Health and Care Plan system and assessments

Redcar and Cleveland Local Authority have an officer based with them who can be contacted on   0800 073 8800 / 01642 444527 or via email – [email protected] .

Middlesbrough Local Authority SENDIASS services are provided via the charity MAIN and they can be contacted on 01642 608012 or 07939152653 or via email  – [email protected] .

Useful Links

The following links may prove helpful and provide information regarding any help or assistance you may require regarding children with Special Educational Needs.

Redcar and Cleverland / Middlesbrough Local Authority SEND Team

The SEND Assessment Team 0-25 deals with many aspects relating to inclusive education.

Redcar and Cleveland / Middlesbrough Local Offer

Middlesbrough’s Local Offer supports children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged 0–25 and their families.

Please note that although we are a Redcar and Cleveland school, many of our children fall into the Middlesbrough local authority due to home address. Should you need advice on which authority to contact for support please do not hesitate to contact school.

Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)

IPSEA offers independent legally based advice, support and training to help get the right education for children and young people with special educational needs.

Special Needs Jungle

Special Needs Jungle creates easy to understand resources, articles and information for parents and carers of children with special needs, disabilities and health conditions to better enable them to navigate the special needs system.