Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Louise McCallion
Mrs L. McCallion – Deputy Headteacher / SENDCO
At Thatto Heath Community Primary School pupils who require extra support or intervention, in addition to quality first teaching, in order to make progress towards their individual targets are identified as having Special Educational Needs.

Some pupils may require a short term intervention in one or more identified areas. Others may have a long term difficulty or more complex needs that require on-going additional support. Some needs may have already been identified before a pupil attends the school, however for some pupils their SEN may become apparent later on as they move through the school.

SEND Information Report 2020-2021

Inclusion Quality Mark Report

Thatto Heath Community Primary School has become the first school in St. Helens to achieve Centre of Excellence status.

You may view, download or print the report below:

Inclusion Quality Mark Report
Most of our staff are ‘Rainbows’ trained.  Rainbows is a programme that can support children who have experienced loss, grief or trauma of any description.  The children really enjoy doing the programme and it can help them to develop wider skills socially and emotionally.  Children who have already completed the programme have said that it really helped them.

If you think your child would benefit from the Rainbows programme please contact school to discuss this further.

Rainbows Poster
Rainbows Parent Leaflet
Do you have a child who helps to care for you or another family member?

This can include helping out around the house, shopping, personal care, helping with medication, providing emotional support?

We already support a number of Young Carers in school but there may be others that we are not currently aware of.

KS2 pupils have recently had an assembly about Young Carers and were surprised to hear what some young people do to care for others and how it can affect them.


Here is a short video made by one Young Carer:

Young Carers who are registered with the St Helens Carers Centre could receive additional support.

If you would like to discuss what support might be out there, or would like to let us know about a Young Carer in your family please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs McCallion or Mrs Carruthers at school.  Alternatively you could contact the St Helens Carers Centre direct:

Ann-Marie Leather

Young Carers School Involvement Officer

St Helens Young Carers Centre

Tel: 01744 677279

Who are YC's poster
Definition of a Young Carer
While we are a mainstream school we have a number of pupils with a range of Special Educational Needs including Autism, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, Sensory Impairments and Specific Learning Difficulties.

You may view, download or print the SEND and Accessibility information documents below:

Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Report
Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy
Accessibility Policy
Accessibility Plan - Access Audit
Jargon Buster for parents


Dyscalculia Key Facts for Parents


Dyspraxia affects fine and gross motor co-ordination and can cause problems for young people in planning, organising and carrying out movements in the right order in everyday situations.

There is a new book written by Emma Austin-Jones, The Lilac Story is a fairy tale featuring a group of characters who have varying degrees of Dyspraxia. It is a story of inclusion, friendship and kindness and how it is OK to be grumpy sometimes. For more information visit www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/


Choosing books that will engage and captivate children who struggle with reading is often challenging.

Try the free guide from Barrington Stoke and Dyslexia Action – “Dive in; A guide to choosing children’s books for reluctant readers and readers with dyslexia” lists 40 titles divided into age range categories.


What is ADHD?
What's it like to have ADHD?


Can I tell you about Autism
Information for Parents and Carers of children with Autism

Thatto Heath Community Primary School

Hobart Street
Thatto Heath
St. Helens
Headteacher: Mrs. Catherine Ireland
Main Contact: Mrs. Lisa Coates
SENDCO: Mrs. Louise McCallion
T: 01744 678710
E: office@thattoheath.st-helens.sch.uk

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