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Portland Road, Halifax HX3 6LA West Yorkshire

01422 360646

St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy

We are Part of God's family; A unique gift. Faithful to God, United we excel.

We are proud to work with all the Catholic schools across our two local authority areas, particularly as the Trust grows and benefits from the expertise and knowledge that other schools joining in the future will bring.

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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy, Halifax

Should you require any additional information or have any questions, please see our SEND Coordinator, Miss Claire Frazer, who is contactable via the school office through email ( or by phone (01422 360646).  

Useful documents:

SEN Policy

Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures

St. Joseph's Local Offer

SEN Information Report

What is SEND?

Children have additional educational needs if they have a learning difficulty that calls for additional educational provisions to be made for them‘Children have a learning difficulty if they:

  • Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age.

  • Have a disability that prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local authority.

  • Are under compulsory school age and fall within the definitions above or would so do if special educational provision was not made for them.’ (Code of Practice September 2014)

There are now four broad areas of SEND, some children may have needs in one or more of these areas, these are:

  • Communication and Interaction

  • Cognition and Learning

  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties

  • Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties

Calderdale Local Offer

At St Joseph's we strive to support all children to enable them to achieve their potential and we are committed to ensuring all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.

Our School's Local Offer

The SEND Local Offer provides information for Calderdale's 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. Knowing what is out there gives families more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for their children.
The Calderdale SEND Local Offer can be found at: 

The School Nursing Team

The school nursing team offers confidential service to children and young people in schools. The school nursing team consists of specialist practitioners who have experience in working along side parent/cares and other professionals to achieve the best outcome for your child and young person.

Our named staff nurse is Lucy Charlesworth.

The school nursing team can be contacted at:
Brighouse Health Centre
Lawson Road
Tel: 01484 72894

The team offer support with:

  • Health advice and support

  • Promotion of health and well-being

  • Referral to and liaison with other health and social care agencies when required

  • Training sessions in schools for staff to manage children's medical conditions

  • Individual support for children and their parent/carers with additional needs.

  • Growth and development monitoring

  • Individual health assessments where needed.

They can also give support on:

  • Healthy eating

  • Bed wetting

  • Mental health and wellbeing

  • Sex education

  • Health conditions such as asthma and allergies

  • Smoking, alcohol and drug misuse.