Inclusion at Mary Exton

Our Inclusion Team

At Mary Exton Primary School, we believe that all children can make progress and achieve through quality first teaching. Our Inclusion Team is made up of a number of members of staff who work with the children on a daily basis.  Should you have a concern about your child in relation to SEND, in the first instance, please make an appointment with your child’s class teacher to discuss your concerns as they can make the most immediate impact. Our class teachers are always willing to hear your concerns, queries or ideas regarding SEND.

Mary Exton's SENCO is Mrs Philippa Chapman.  Mrs Chapman is also our Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Lead for the school, supported by Mrs Vincent-Lake.

Mrs Chapman will also be our Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader, Mrs O'Brien is our Deputy Mental Health Lead.

Mrs Jenny Morgan is our SEND and Pupil Premium Governor and Anne Marie Day is our Mental Health and Wellbeing Governor.

If you require further assistance, then contact Mrs Chapman at or via the school office to make an appointment. 

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

We celebrate culture and language within Mary Exton Primary School and are very proud to have such diversity within our school.

Please do share with us if your child can speak an additional language as it will help us to get to know your child and also provide additional support, should they require this. 

Key SEND Information

School Documents SEND Provision Summary Provides a summary of our approach to SEN
SEND Cycle A visual cycle to help understand our process of managing SEND, what to expect and when and who will be involved
SEND Policy A detailed policy covering all aspects of SEND and how it is approached and managed within our school
SEND Information Report A detailed document providing clear information about the management of SEND in our school.  A useful Q&A style document for parents and carers
Process of TA Allocation A transparent guide to how we allocate our Teaching Assistants on the basis of pupil needs
Current Interventions A description of each intervention currently offered to children identified during pupil progress meetings
SEND Register Criteria A guide to the criteria we apply before placing a child on the SEND register
Sample Assess, Plan, Do, Review document (APDR) A copy of the template that is used for all children on the SEND register
Sample Pupil Passport A copy of the template that is completed with all children on the SEND register and children eligible for Pupil Premium funding
SEND Provision and Quality Curriculum Commitment A summary of how we balance out of class interventions with ensuring that every child benefits from a full, enriched curriculum
Accessibility Plan  Helps us to promote a fair and equal access to learning for all children, regardless of any disability
SEND Statement A statutory statement regarding our commitment to SEND provision
Transition Policy A detailed policy explaining the actions the school will take to enable smooth transitions at all stages of development for all children
Hertfordshire Documents SEND Reform  A guide to the four main changes made in Hertfordshire to SEND support
Autism Report Summary  Hertfordshire have conducted a review in June 2015, regarding support for children and young people on the Autism spectrum
Local Authority Update on SEND Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have carried out a SEND inspection of our local area in Summer 2016. The inspection evaluates the effectiveness of SEND provision within Hertfordshire schools
Hertfordshire's Local Offer and SEND Strategy Hertfordshire have a SEND strategy to ensure that all pupils receive the best support can be found on the Local Offer pages.  These also provide  information regarding support and services for children with Special Educational Needs or Disability  Hertfordshire Local Offer
National Documents  Autism Approach The school wide Autism Approach is in line with the audit tool for the AET Autism National Standards.
SEND Code Of Practice The national guidelines underpinning all SEND work in school 






Outside agencies who may work with your child
  • Speech and Language therapist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Advisory Teachers
  • Hearing Impairment specialists
  • Visual Impairment specialists
  • Communication Disorder team
  • Moderate Learning Difficulty outreach
  • Occupational Health therapist
  • School Nurse
  • Hitchin Primary Behaviour Support Service
  • Safespace Counselling

SEND Statutory Documents

SEND Policy

Our policy was reviewed in September 2021 with helpful input from parents of SEND pupils and the SEND Governor.  We have collectively created this document to ensure it best reflects our school SEND practice and is clear for parents to understand. 

School Information Report

Our School Information Reports answers frequently asked questions from our parent community.

We would like this document to be relevant and clear for parents to understand.

If you would like an additional question to be explored or require further information, refer to our SEND Policy in the first instance. Email your question to the SENCO, if you are unclear of any information .

This report was updated in September 2021 and will be reviewed in September 2022 with parental involvement.

Support Groups

There are a number of Support Groups which can offer support on different areas of need.  Please follow the link below:

Local & National Support Groups

Fact Sheets and Resources for Parents

If you have any concerns regarding your child please do contact your child's class teacher or school SENCO as we are here to help and provide support.  However, below you will find a selection of fact sheets and resources that may be of use.


Incredible 5 Point Scale

Social Stories 

Speech and Language