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SEND Information

Claygate Primary is an inclusive values-led school. We are proud of all our children and aim to provide opportunities for every child to reach their potential through high quality first teaching. There is a shared expectation that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, should be offered inclusive teaching which will enable them to make the best possible progress in school and feel that they are a valued member of the wider school community.

If you have any questions about special educational needs, please see your child's class teacher in the first instance, or contact the SENCO, Marita Cunniffe (

Whilst our SEND Policy and SEND Information Report can be found below, the following links provide a wealth of information.

The Surrey Local Offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers in a single place. It shows families what they can expect from a range of local agencies including education, health and social care.

EHCP Assessment  The SEND Code of Practise provides statutory guidance to local authorities and other organisations that provide support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). It sets out what local authorities must do to support children and young people with SEND and how they should carry out these duties.

Social and Emotional Support 

At Claygate Primary we use the Zones of Regulation as a self-regulation tool in all classes.  We use the zones to encourage resilience, emotional control and sensory regulation. 

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)

At Claygate Primary School the emotional well-being of our children is paramount. We recognise that for a child to be happy and able to learn they may need specific support from time to time. 

Mrs Evans is our qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) at Claygate. She has been trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional needs. She is also a qualified Drawing and Talking Practitioner and Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Mental Health and Wellbeing 

You can find here lots of valuable links to support you with your child’s mental health and learning, as well as managing your own mental health.

Childline offers counselling online and on the phone anytime.

Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.

The National Autistic Society are the UK's leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families. They provide support, guidance and advice, as well as campaigning for improved rights, services and opportunities to help create a society that works for autistic people.

Mindworks Surrey is the Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service which supports those who have experienced bereavement.

The ADHD Foundation is the UK’s leading neurodiversity charity, offering a strength-based, lifespan service for the 1 in 5 of us who live with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Tourette’s syndrome.

The British Dyslexia Association offer advice on how to support your child with dyslexia.

Understood offer a lifelong guide for those who learn and think differently and offer working memory boosters to help your child's working memory.

The Lily-Jo Project is a mental health resource for parents and carers with tips on supporting you and your child. 


"Leaders have ensured that all staff receive regular and relevant training. Staff know how to refer any concerns about pupils’ safety to leaders and know concerns will be dealt with diligently. School leaders work well with a wide range of other professionals to support families and keep pupils safe. However, they are not afraid to challenge colleagues in other services when they feel more can be done to support the most vulnerable pupils"   - OFSTED 2020

"High-quality training has helped to improve the quality of teaching and develop subject leadership. This support, together with the appointment of an experienced leader who is responsible for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), has improved the identification of additional needs." - OFSTED 2020

"I like ELSA because when I have a busy day at school I get stressed; and when I come to ELSA it makes me calm and happy."  Year 5 Child