Bernards Heath

Infant & Nursery School

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)

At Bernards Heath Infant and Nursery School we value every child as an individual, and acknowledge that every child’s needs are different. We are a fully inclusive school and it is our belief that all children have an equal right to a broad and balanced curriculum which ensures that they make progress academically and in their personal, social and emotional development.

Our SENCO is Mrs Suzanne Steadman, she works alongside all staff to deliver what is set out in the school’s SEND Policy.  Our offer for children with SEND is clearly set out in our Send Information Report (School Local Offer). Our School Local Offer fits in with the Hertfordshire Local Offer which can be found website. The Hertfordshire SEND Quality Offer can be found here.

Our SENCO works four days a week (Monday to Thursday) and can be contacted via the school office (01727 852106).

Families may also find the following websites useful:

St Albans, Harpenden and Villages DSPL site This website has information on courses and workshops for parents and carers.  There is also helpful information and numerous links to appropriate organisations under the ‘Support for Parents and Settings’ tab, and the ‘Useful Links’ tab. Within the ‘Contact Us’ tab there is a form for registering your details for our mailing list.  All pages include links to the DSPL 7 Facebook Page

The Families First Portal is a website which can help you find:

  • Information, advice and guidance on local and national services for families, parents or carers
  • Childcare options and much more
  • Many of these services are free for families to access

Special Needs Jungle
Downs Side Up
Steph’s Two Girls (blog about Pathalogical Demand Avoidance)
Autism Education Trust
SPACE is a voluntary organisation which runs family events.
Keystone is a local parent support group, which runs a variety of workshops for parents on different subjects in our community. Visit their website to find out more about their services.

Children and Young People’s Speech and Language Therapy Advice Line: 01992 823093
If your child is already known to the Speech and Language Service ring: 01992 823193

Support sessions for parents of children with a diagnosis of Autism ring Vista St Albans CIC: 07584 798528 to book a 30 minute appointment with an Autistic Advisory Teacher.

Bernards Heath Infant and Nursery School is not responsible for the content of external websites, but provides these links as we think they may be useful for our families.