Special Educational Needs & Disability

Our school vision is “Children First”.

Overleigh St Mary’s CE Primary School is a mainstream primary school with 15 classes as well as a Nursery class. In our school, we recognise that all children are different and have diverse learning needs. As a result, we make sure that we tailor all of our learning opportunities to meet the needs of individual children. We believe that cheerful, included, confident and motivated children work harder and make better progress.  In order to achieve this, many steps are taken to support the children throughout their learning journey.

Our school Special Educational Needs Coordinator is Mrs Katie Jones who has completed the National Award for Special Educational Needs.

We are committed to the early identification of SEND and we adopt a graduated approach which recognises that children learn in different ways and have different needs. We acknowledge that there is a continuum of special educational needs and that, where necessary, increasing specialist expertise will be called upon to advise and support on the difficulties that a child may experience.

You as parents will be heavily involved at every stage as we recognise that you are the people who know your child the best. Working together with the class teacher and Mrs Jones, a SEND plan will be set up to further support your child.

Further details about SEND and the provision we are proud to offer here at Overleigh can be found in the schools SEND Report and SEND Policy which can be accessed by clicking the links below.

Mrs Jones can be contacted via email: senco@overleighstmarysce.cheshire.sch.uk or by calling the school office: 01244 267 525 

Our SEND Governor is Mrs Karen Shapland. Mrs Shapland can be contacted via email: karen.shapland@overleighstmarysce.cheshire.sch.uk

Our school is part of Cheshire West and Chester Council's Local Offer.  If you would like more information about the Local Offer, please click here.


Excellent charities and local support groups can be found by clicking the links below. SPACE, is a local charity to help children with additional needs access a play environment which is fully suited to meet their needs. CHAPS is Cheshire Autism Practical Support who run support groups and activities for children and families affected by Autism. Koala North West is a family support group for all families whether they are affected by SEND or not.

Blacon Autism Support Group 



Koala North West Family Support



Inclusion Matters is a strategy which represents the Local Authorities vision for the next four years, highlighting areas where we can do more together to benefit the children and young people of Cheshire West, and their families. The focus is to improve outcomes for children, young people, and their families locally and making this an inclusive borough.

One children's service - Inclusion Matters - a strategy for an inclusive borough - 2023-2027

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Overleigh St. Mary's CE Primary School

Old Wrexham Road


Chester, CH4 7HS

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