Primary School

College Square, Bristol BS1 5TS

0117 353 2052



Cathedral Primary School (CPS) is committed to providing equal learning opportunities for all our children regardless of race, gender, additional needs and/or disabilities.

Who can I talk to at CPS about any concerns I have about my child’s learning needs?
If you have concerns about your child’s progress, you can initially speak to your child’s class teacher. If you are concerned about how these needs are being managed and your child is still not making progress, you can speak to Mrs Lizzie Snelling or Mr Gary Scott-Mullen, the school's SENCO's. If you still require further support, you can contact the school governor with responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

Mrs Lizzie Snelling (SENDCo): 0117 35 32052 or

Dr Will Shield (SEND Governor):

Staff at Cathedral Primary School
All staff are committed to professional development opportunities, which will develop our knowledge and expertise in providing excellent education for all children regardless of need. Staff at CPS are knowledgeable about the 2014 SEND Code of Practice and are given regular access to CPD opportunities. Weekly team meetings are held to discuss how we best support individual needs within the school community. Specific training has been planned based on the needs within each year’s cohort of children.

Identification of Additional Needs
Our experienced staff are committed to supporting additional needs as early as possible to ensure that appropriate provision is put in place. Additional needs are identified in the following ways:

  • Discussion with parents and carers
  • Observations by teachers and other staff
  • Pupil tracking and pupil progress meetings
  • Discussions at weekly team meetings
  • Liaising closely with early years providers and parents and carers as part of our induction process

We follow the graduated response as outlined in the 2014 SEND Code of Practice and we involve outside agencies where appropriate.

Provision of Support for Additional Needs
All children at CPS receive quality first teaching and will benefit from additional support as necessary. We have a range of support available to children at CPS. Further information is available from your child’s class teacher or the SENCO. All teachers are skilled in differentiating the curriculum and the behaviour expectations so that all children can be successful at CPS.

Parental Involvement
Our positive relationships with parents and carers are key to the success of children at CPS. We involve parents and carers fully at all stages of their child’s education planning. We ensure that the child’s voice is represented in all decision making processes where possible. We work with parents and carers in the following ways:

  • Staff available to parents and carers through our open-door policy
  • Regular informal meetings with parents, staff and children. Parents evenings twice a year plus two additional SEND parents meetings.
  • Staff who listen to parents and act on information to promote all aspects of children’s learning and well-being
  • Collaboratively working with parents, carers and external agencies

Review of Provision
Additional support is reviewed through the use of ongoing assessment; Individual Pupil Plans, monitoring children’s progress towards outcomes; regular feedback from teaching staff; day-to-day observations and ongoing assessment of SEND provision and intervention. CPS also benefits from sharing the expertise at Bristol Cathedral Choir School.

CPS benefits from external support from a range of agencies, including:

  • Educational Psychologists
  • Bristol City's Council's Inclusion Service
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Bristol Autism Team (BAT)
  • Health agencies such as Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Community Paediatrics

Social and Emotional Needs
CPS have an inclusive ethos and are committed to supporting children’s social, emotional and mental health development through all areas of the curriculum. We support children’s development in school through:

  • Sensitive teaching and a commitment to flexibility
  • Play therapy sessions for identified children
  • Social skills groups and team building workshops, Attachment training for key staff
  • Circle time and assemblies to focus on values, acceptance and diversity
  • A team approach to providing pastoral care for children and parents

Induction of children into our school is well planned and supports the child to feel safe and ready to begin school in a new setting. The induction plan includes:

  • Meeting children and staff in their early years setting
  • Play and stay dates
  • Home visits to meet parents
  • Three week staggered entry before becoming full time in school

Transitions between classes are carefully planned for and will take into account a child’s individual needs.

Children in Care with Additional Needs
Mrs Yarnold is the designated teacher for children in care. She liaises with external agencies currently involved and carers to discuss progress and monitor learning through:

  • Individual Pupil Plans
  • Working closely with Bristol Local Authority including the HOPE Virtual School and Social Care
  • Regular monitoring and evaluation of safeguarding procedures

To read our SEND Policy please click here.

Bristol Local Authority have published their SEND Local Offer and this can be found on the following website:

Bristol's SEND Local Offer

This Information Report was last updated in November 2018 and will be updated at least annually. Parents and carers are encouraged to contribute to this information during the review processes.