Special Education Needs & Disabilities

We pride ourselves at Saint Thomas’ for being an inclusive school where every child can strive to reach their full potential. We encourage our children to respect others and to celebrate difference. Our staff work hard to ensure the needs of all learners are met. Our support staff are trained in precision teaching and attend external training to ensure they can help to support the wide spectrum of SEND in our school.

Our SENCO is Mrs Grove. She is supported in her role by Mrs Beardsley, Headteacher and Mrs Hartley, our School-based Educational Psychologist who is employed by the Trust and works one day a week at the school. We also employ Mrs Powell, our Strengthening Families worker who helps to support the emotional needs of our children. Mrs Callaghan and Mrs Seymour also support children with additional social, emotional and mental health needs or those who are experiencing a difficult time.

We work with a number of Outside Agencies to support pupils including the School Nurse Team, Speech and Language therapists and practitioners, the Early Years SEND team and Outreach from the Cities schools which have specialist SEND provision.

Staff receive training throughout the year.

Should you have any queries about SEND please contact our SENCO at agrove@stthomasacademy.com

Information about the Wolverhampton, Information, Advice and Support Service can be found here:


Below are a list of useful website that provide advice and resources to support children and families:

www.autism.org.uk - The National Autistic Society website - contains lots of useful advice and resources

www.makaton.org.uk - Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. This website provides advice and resources for children and their families

www.bdadyslexia.org.uk - Information and advice from the British Dyslexia Association

www.dyscalculiaassociation.uk - Information and advice about Dyscalculia - a specific learning difficulty with mathematics

www.mentalhealth.org.uk - On-line information about a range of mental health needs

www.youngminds.co.uk - Young Minds is the leading charity for children and young people's mental health

www.sensory-processing-disorde... - Advice and practical strategies to support children with sensory needs 

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St Thomas CE Academy

Mattox Road,
Wolverhampton WV11 3TG
Telephone: 01902 558963