Our SENDCo is Mrs Campbell

She can be contacted directly through the school office, Tel: 01332 572154 or by email:
This e-mail is monitored by other staff during absences.

Mrs Campbell’s role is dedicated to SEND and inclusion support (including medical) and she is available in school on Wednesday (Due to teaching and Deputy Head duties), and at other times through appointment.

For further information about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities here at St. John Fisher, please see the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) policy and SEND information report.

All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils’ with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.

The four broad ‘areas of need’ are defined as:

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
  • Sensory and Physical Needs

At different times in their school life, a child or young person may have a special educational need. The Code of Practice 2014 defines SEN as follows:

‘A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special education provision to be made for him or her.’

A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty if he or she:

a) Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others the same age, or

b) Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities universally provided.

How do we know if a pupil needs extra help?

As a school, we know that a pupil has a Special Educational Need in a variety of ways:

  • Parents may inform the school prior to or during admission
  • Outside agencies may contact the school prior to or during admission or whilst the child is a pupil at the school
  • The class teacher may identify concerns regarding progress or behaviours. At this level, SLT, SENCO or Teaching Assistants may become involved in a school based programme of Assess, Plan, Do, Review.
  • A behaviour tracking system may be put in place to see if a child is continually struggling with their emotions and concentration.
  • It may be that we seek additional information from a specialist teacher eg: assessments completed by outside agencies eg; Educational Psychology, Behaviour Support Service, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service), School Health, Peadiatricians, Speech and Language Therapists.


At St John Fisher, we use a platform called Edukey to log all of our SEN plans, as well as extra interventions and provisions we put in place for our pupils. This is closely monitored so that all staff are aware of our children’s needs and we can follow the Assess, Plan, Do, Review process to ensure all children get the support they need.

SEND Local Offer

On this page, you can find information of what schools and colleges are available across the city. You will also be able to find out how each school caters for different levels of needs, how to apply for a place, the funding that might be available and how to receive support. There are many education providers across the city and county that offer great opportunities for children and young peoples learning.

SEND Information Report

Useful Links

SEN Local Offer

The Local Offer is a description of all the services available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families. This information should set out what is normally available in schools to help children with SEN as well as highlighting what support is available for families who need additional help to support children with more complex needs.

Derbyshire Local Offer