Special Educational Needs and Disabilities


Survey Document

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Schools are required to publish information about services they provide for children with disabilities and Special Educational Needs.  This is called the ‘local offer’. This document also contains the information which the Governing Body is required to report on regarding Special Educational Needs.  We review this document annually and it also serves as our Special Education Needs Annual Report for the school.

The intention is to offer choice and transparency for families, as well as providing a resource for professionals to detail the range of services and provision locally. 

Our local offer document can be accessed here.  Your questions may be answered by our Frequently Asked Questions document, but if not please do not hesitate to contact us at officemsm@mortimerschools.org

Our Accessibility Plan and Equality Information & Objectives can be found in the policies section of this website.

West Berkshire Council’s Local Offer can be accessed here

If you are looking for advice, support, or services for your child with special needs/and or disability aged 0 – 25 years then West Berkshire Parent Carer Forum may be able to help and advise you.  Click here to visit their website.

West Berkshire Council’s Disability Information Service has produced a newsletter giving information about events, activities, support groups, etc and this can be viewed here

SEND Local Offer Newsletter

The latest copy of West Berkshire Council’s SEND Local Offer Newsletter can be found here: SEND Newsletter Autumn 19

SEND Survey 2019

The link to the survey is herehttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sendsupport19

Listed below are some of the outside agencies with whom we work collaboratively:

West Berkshire Council’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Department including:

Educational Psychologists
Theale Language & Literacy Centre
Sensory Consortium Service (supporting children with hearing or visual impairment)
Integrated Therapies (Speech & Language, Occupational Therapy)
Specialist Inclusion Support Service
Autistic Spectrum Team
Help for Families
Cognitive & Learning Team, West Berkshire Council

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Ethnic Minority & Traveller Services

SEN Complaints

The DfE advises that if parents wish to complain about their child’s SEN support they should do so while their child is still registered at the school.  This includes complaints that the school has not provided the support required by a child’s SEN statement or education, health and care (EHC) plan.

If you wish to make a complaint you should initially talk to our Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).  If you are still not satisfied then you should follow the procedures in our Complaints Policy.  This can be found in the “policies” section of this website. Finally, parents can make a complaint to the local authority if they are still not satisfied. 


  • Mortimer St Mary’s is a well-run school that is true to its ethos. There is a genuine feeling of community and joy around the school that creates a fun, friendly place for the children to develop into well rounded, happy and capable young people. Our unique learning journey has been enhanced at both ends of the spectrum with Senco support to accommodate weakness and tailored academic challenges to enhance learning strengths.

  • St Mary’s school has fantastic, dedicated teaching staff. They have worked with us extensively to support the well-being and progress of our child with SEN

  • Mortimer St Mary’s is an inclusive, happy and productive environment that brings out the best in its pupils. The teachers take the time to get to know, understand and support the children.  Along with the many opportunities on offer, from music to theatre productions to sporting activities, the school creates a rich and safe learning environment for all of its children. 

  • Mortimer St. Mary’s Junior School provides a nurturing environment, welcoming pupils from Year 3 onwards and developing them academically, emotionally and socially so that they are ready to progress to the next stage of their education after Year 6. The school tailors its approach as far as possible to the individual student so that pupils’ different needs are recognised and accommodated. There is a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for pupils to be involved with from language, music and sport to magic and science clubs. Teachers and the senior leadership team are approachable and always willing to engage with parents and carers to ensure that each child reaches his or her potential.