Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
At Stella Maris we believe that all our children deserve access to effective teaching and learning, academically, socially and spiritually. We always take individual children’s needs into account when planning the curriculum, and adapt our approach to the provision we offer in the light of each new challenge. Our pupil-centred approach to all aspects of school life (such as making pupil voice central to our monitoring and using Supportive Behaviour Management to develop children’s ability to manage their own behaviour appropriately) ensures that all of our children are well prepared to make the most of what life has to offer, both at school and in later life.
Our ‘five words’, which are central to the school Mission Statement – Love, Trust, Respect, Care, Share – express both the rights and responsibilities that we champion for all our children, regardless of any specific barriers they may experience to their learning.
We have a dedicated and optimistic staff who work extremely hard to ensure that all children, regardless of the specific challenges they face, get the most out of their time at school. Our teachers, in partnership with the parents and supported by the Inclusion Co-ordinator and her team of eighteen highly professional Teaching Assistants, help the children to make good progress, measured from their individual starting points.
Our Inclusion Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Mrs Clare Archibald – she can be contacted on 01303 252127
SEND support for Parents/Carers
What is the local offer?
The local offer provides online information about what is available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) up to the age of 25 in your local area. Please click on the link below to find out about the services on offer, how things work, your entitlements and where to get help if you need it.
Kent County Council SEND Strategy
The aim of the SEND strategy is to improve the educational, health and emotional wellbeing outcomes for all of Kent's children and young people with special educational needs and those who are disabled.