"Educational inclusion is about equal opportunities for all pupils, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background.  It pays particular attention to the provision made for, and the achievement of, different groups of pupils within a school.  An educationally inclusive school is one in which teaching and learning, achievements, attitude and well-being of every young person.  Effective schools are educationally inclusive schools.  This shows, not only in their performance, but also in their ethos and their willingness to offer new opportunities to pupils who may have experienced previous difficulties.  This does not mean treating all pupils in the same way.  Rather it involved taking account of pupils' varied life experiences an needs."

Evaluating Educational Inclusion OFSTED 2000




St Augustine's is an inclusive community in which every child is valued, supported and nurtured as an individual.  At St Augustine's every teacher is a teacher of every child including those with SEND.  High achievement for all is our aim and all children are given fair access to the whole curriculum.


"We are amazed by both the academic and personal progress our child has made since joining St Augustine's in KS2.The school SENDco has been fantastic in supporting him in his transition to school.  Mrs Coates has guided us as parents and is very organised.  Our child is now happy and thriving, receiving the support he needs to succeed." LB


"The school’s vision ‘All different, all together’ and ‘high achievement’ and ‘fair access’ suggests an ethos of inclusion. There was evidence of inclusion of pupils with SEND throughout the SEND review". Clennell Education Services


"Leaders aim to create an environment which is underpinned by an ethos of inclusion where ‘every child in school is able to make the best possible progress based on their starting points’. This is evident in pupil voice, the classroom environment and the intervention which takes place within the classroom". Clennell Education Services



SEND Policy

The SEND policy is compiled by Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust and reviewed every 3 years. You will find the most recent copy of the SEND Policy below.

SEND Policy


SEN Information report

Each year, we produce an SEN Information report which is in line with the requirements of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2015. Here we update and identify any key changes that have taken place over the previous 12 months.  Read our latest SEN Information report below.

SEN Information Report


Intimate Care

Staff at St Augustine's Catholic Primary school are committed in ensuring that all needs of individual pupils are met. This may include being responsible for intimate care. We follow our intimate care policy and guidelines and work in conjunction with parents to ensure that welfare and dignity is of paramount importance.

Intimate Care Policy


Alternative Provision

St Augustine's Catholic Primary School provides a curriculum which is inclusive and accessible, providing opportunities for all pupils to succeed. There may be times where pupils are required to access an alternative provision to receive additional support in meeting their own identified special educational needs. We work in conjunction with the Darlington Borough Council SEND team and other alternative provision providers to ensure that pupils receive the appropriate support.

Alternative Provision Policy

Alternative Provision Additional Guidance


Accessibility Policy

St Augustine's Catholic Primary School has adopted this accessibility plan in line with the school’s special educational needs policy with the aim of ensuring that our school is physically, socially, and academically inclusive, that all pupils have access to a full curriculum, and that all pupils are appropriately challenged. 

Mrs S Coates is St Augustine's Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCO) and a fully qualified teacher at St Augustine's. 

Mrs Coates is also responsible for Pupil Premium, inclusion and Designated teacher for Looked after Children (LAC).

Accessibility Policy


Useful links

The following links may be helpful in providing any further information you may require regarding children with Special Educational Needs or disabilities.

Useful links:

Special Needs Jungle creates easy to understand resources and information for parents/carers of children with special educational needs to better navigate the special needs system.

Special Needs Jungle

SEND Documents

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SEND Forum

Mrs Coates our SENDCo holds termly open forum meetings for families to discuss any matters relating to SEND:

Spring term 2024

Autumn term 2023