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Special Education Needs & Disabilities (SEND)


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities as defined in the Code of Practice 2014 states ‘A child has SEND where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, that is provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.


There are four main areas;

  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and learning
  • Social, mental and emotional health
  • Sensory and/or physical development.


Special Needs Action Panel (SNAP)


SNAP's purpose is to improve the services that are provided to children and young people with additional needs or disabilities, aged from birth to 25 years, who are living in Central Bedfordshire.

SNAP is a pro-active group of parents who all have children or young people with additional needs or disabilities. We have come together as a group of parent carers to work with other individuals and organisations to help influence and improve the local services that are provided for our children and young people within Central Bedfordshire. We focus on helping to raise the standard of social care, education and health services within the county, to ensure that these services are provided in a way that meets the needs of all disabled children and their families in the county.


Find out more about the Central Bedfordshire SNAP panel here

Central Bedfordshire SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information and Advice Service and Support)


Central Bedfordshire Special Educational Needs and disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is a statutory service, provided by but working at arm’s length from the Local Authority which offers a free, confidential support service for young people with SEND and their parents and carers.


For all sorts of impartial information, advice or support in regards to SEND Support please visit the SENDIASS Website here.

Our SENDCO, Ms Maria Soulsby, can be contacted via the School Office on

01767 627215 or through the school Office email.