St Mary's Church of England Academy

'We promise to shine together.'

Let the light of your face shine upon us - Psalm 4:6

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

St Mary’s Church of England Academy is committed to providing the highest quality of education for all children. The school ethos is inclusive and nurturing in order to allow children to explore their potential and to discover their strengths. The SEN policy has close links to all other school policies, in particular the disability and behaviour policies. It is the result of whole school discussions and workshops that reflects the beliefs and practices of all those who work at the school.


Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy (SEND) and Accessibility Plan, can be found in the policies section of the website.

Integrated Community Paediatric Services (ICPS) NHS Occupational Therapy Service referrals for children with motor skills difficulties 


This is part of a new support package for parents. Please look at the resources to support you in helping your child with developing their motor skills. You will find some very helpful advice including developing the correct use of cutlery.


Prior to accepting a referral to the ICPS Occupational Therapy Service for children with motor skills difficulties, schools and parents are directed to our resource pack which  provides school staff and parents with  ideas and strategies to support their children to practise and develop skills.


Parent Carer Peer Support in Children & Young People’s Mental Health


Are you thinking about developing a peer support service for parents and carers whose children have mental health problems? Or are you already delivering one?


If so our information session may be for you!


The Charlie Waller Trust is funding a new initiative to train parents and carers to take on paid roles in their communities, offering practical support to other parents and carers, and helping them navigate the mental health system.


Parents and carers who access peer led support report reduced anxiety and greater confidence in knowing how to help their child.


Thursday 31 March 1pm-3pm (via Zoom)


Free training for lived experience parent carer peer supporters (PCPS) and supervisors


At the session you will:


  • Find out about the benefits of parent/carer peer support from experts by experience
  • Hear an overview of the pilot training course for PCPS and supervisors developed in partnership with experts by experience, the Charlie Waller Institute and the Cellar Trust, which will be evaluated by Centre for Mental Health
  • Receive further information about grants available to support the PCPS to undertake the training
  • Learn about the application process and criteria




“You don’t know the system or who to turn to. Finding a parent peer support group is worth its weight in gold. They understand your emotions and how to navigate your way through the system…They give you that bit of hope that things can get better.”

- From a parent



Interested? Please click below for further details!

Find out more

Suffolk Parent Carer Forum


If you haven't yet heard, there's a new Parent Carer Forum in Suffolk! To find out more or join SPCF, visit or follow them on social media at the following links: Facebook or Twitter.

Caring for Young People Link


See link below, booking will go live for April and places will be limited.


Caring for Young People with Autism/ADHD | Suffolk Family Carers

Supporting young people's mental health Parent/Carer Workshop:


Just to let you know of a new parent workshop the Psychology in Schools Team are delivering to help parents understand self-harm in young people.


The workshop can be accessed through our Eventbrite booking page, the link can be found in the flyer attached. 

Topic Learning

These are photos of the Mayan housing and warrior masks that our Year 5 & 6 SEN pupils have been working hard on.

A celebration of our work

Sensory Training


The Sensory Integration Network is offering free sensory training for parents and carers.


If you are interested in this free hour long training session, please click on the link below

Sensory Integration Education