In July 2014, the Department for Education (DfE) issued the special educational needs and disability (SEND) Code of Practice 2014.

The Children and Families Act, which received royal assent in March 2014, paves the way for the new Code to take effect from 1 September 2014.

The local offer will make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations ... 

Chapter 4 of the most recent draft Code explains:

Local authorities [LAs] must publish a local offer, setting out in one place information about provision they expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have SEN or are disabled, including those who do not have education, health and care (EHC) plans. 

The two key purposes of the local offer are to:
  • Provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about the available provision and how to access it;
  • Make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving children and young people with SEN/disabilities and their parents and service providers in its development and review 

Please read the SEND School Information below (Click the plus button)

Mrs A Horn, SENCo and Mr M Bogg, SENCo Margaret Coates Centre

SEND School Information (Updated January 2021)

School Name

St Martin’s Garden Primary School incorporating The Margaret Coates Centre

Of School             

Mainstream School with Specialist Provision on site

Primary School

Specialist Provision in the Margaret Coates Centre


Targeted support offered for:

Autism Spectrum, accessed via the Local Authority


Wheelchair accessible 



Disabled car parking 



Auditory/Visual enhancements 


Core Offer                  

Are you able to deliver your core offer consistently across all areas of your school?

  Staff have experience in: Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder; Visual Impairment; Nurture; Forest school; Physical impairment; Speech & Language needs; Occupational Therapeutic needs; Therapeutic play opportunities; Autism Spectrum and associated difficulties in the Margaret Coates Centre.


Are the school policies available on its  website?













Equality and Diversity



Are you aware/familiar with requirements of  the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Equality Act 2010?




Please indicate what your school has to offer (over and above your core offer)


Areas of Strength 

Speech, Language and Communication provision.

Social, emotional and mental health - interventions include Thrive, Emotion Coaching and Sunshine circles group.

Autism - We are able to cater for up to 31 children with EHCPs and a diagnosis of Autism in the Margaret Coates Centre. We use a number of interventions to support ASD children, including TEACCH, Attention Autism and Picture Exchange Communications system (PECS).


Specialist Facilities/equipment to support SEND 

Specialist Centre for Autism Spectrum

Toilet facilities for disabled users

Medical room with treatment bed and hoist for disabled users

Swimming pool with wheelchair access and hoist

Sensory room (located in the Margaret Coates Centre)

Dedicated spaces for consultation/ intervention

Play Therapy/Nurture/ELSA rooms

Food Technology room

Extensive outside space including outside classroom, sensory garden, playpod, KS1 and EYFS free flow areas, Forest School area, garden plots. 


Input from Therapists/Advisory Teachers/other specialist support services 

Weekly access to Speech & Language Therapist

Sensory Support as required. 

Occupational Therapist - individual referrals to Children Unlimited as required

Support via Behaviour and Attendance Panel and Brighter Futures for a range of  specialist provisions e.g. play therapy, art therapy, dance therapy, emotion coaching, academic support, forest schools.

School Nurse is available to offer advice and contact at home or school.

Access to Disabled Children’s Team 


Breakfast and after school club support 

Breakfast club is available.

A range of after school clubs can be applied for e.g. Football, rugby, library, choir, kit car, dance, cooking, gardening.

Margaret Coates Centre runs Saturday club for families, once per term. 


How do you promote inclusion within the school? Including day and residential trips? 

School has Inclusion Quality Mark and School Games Gold award.

Margaret Coates Centre has National Autistic Society Accreditation

All lessons are inclusive with adjustments made depending on need.

All children are included in all school visits, activities and residential trips.

Once per year residential trips are for Year 6 mainstream and years 3-6, Margaret Coates Centre

Integration of pupils between The Margaret Coates Centre and Mainstream, where possible. 


What proportion of children currently at the school have an SEND? 

As of January 2021 47% (100% in Margaret Coates Centre and 37% mainstream)

Involvement /Liaison

How do you involve/support parents of children with an SEND regarding identifying and meeting their needs. How do you communicate their progress and areas of difficulties? 

We offer an Open door policy.

Senior staff  are regularly available for consultation.

We share of ILPs, completed 3 times a year and copies are sent home.

Parents evening are held throughout the year with reports issued annually.

We hold regular meetings to review pupils progress and to identify areas for development. These include Annual Reviews for Children with Education and Health Care Plans (Statements), TAC/TAF meetings.

Parents are regularly invited to school to join with the learning- ‘Grab a Grown-up’   days, for celebration assemblies and on all special occasions.

Parents are invited to meet with any external agency involved with, or needed for, their child.

We share all reports from external agencies involved with your child.

if deemed necessary, a log book will be developed to support home/school communications.

Coffee mornings with Senior leaders, including SEND staff

In the Margaret Coates Centre we have a parents support network and charity - The friends of the Margaret Coates Centre (FOMCU). We organise parent support activities and parents are encouraged to be actively involved in fundraising events,


How will the school prepare children with SEND to join their next setting/stage of life?

Carefully planned transition programmes are set for individuals working with the previous/next  setting and or previous/ next key stage/class within school

We can offer Induction programmes- such as home visits and pre-school visits. We also offer Get Set support for new reception children. 


What else do you think parents would like to know about the school?

We currently implement a number of interventions at St Martin’s Garden Primary. These include small group or 1:1 speech and language therapy and occupational therapy. We offer Year 2 & 6 booster sessions, numicon support for maths and Read, Write, Inc literacy interventions.

Depending on the children's social and emotional needs we carry out Thrive assessments and interventions which maybe supported by Brighter Futures.

In the Margaret Coates Centre we offer a range of personalised strategies to support with communication, academic skills, attention and listening and behaviour support. Each week we have a Judo coach work with the children. We also go horse riding fortnighty. We sometimes employ specialist PE coaches and have a weekly singing session with a trained Music Teacher.

By Senior Leadership

Mrs Parfitt -  Head teacher

Mrs Horn - Deputy Head teacher, SENCo and pastoral

Mr Bogg -Team Leader and SENCo for Margaret Coates Centre

Mrs Phillips- Business Manager


Updated January 2021

Parental Consultation

Due September 2021

Senior leaders with parents/carers of children with SEND


Due September 2021

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