The Abbey CE VA Primary School

Special Educational Needs (SEND)

All children and young people are entitled to an appropriate education, one that is appropriate to their needs, promotes high standards and the fulfilment of potential’

(SEND Code of Practice 2015).

Welcome to the SEND section of our website.

I am Mrs Crisp and I have been the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) at The Abbey since January 2019.  If you have any concerns about your child, please speak to their class teacher in the first instance, or I can be contacted using the email address

The Abbey School aims to meet the educational and pastoral needs of every child within the school and we are committed to promoting the inclusion of all children whatever their age, ability, gender, race or background.

We offer a range of provisions and support for our pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability and follow an ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ (APDR) cycle to identify and meet their needs.  We understand the importance of using a person-centred approach, and pupils and parents are fully involved in the APDR cycle.

Our SEND Policy outlines our vision, aims and objectives for children with special educational needs.  It reflects statutory requirements, and the actual practice of the school.

Our SEND Information Report outlines how we will implement the SEND policy and includes information for parents on identifying SEN, provision, communication and how we work with parents and carers.

Local groups and services:

ADD-vance – support for families of children with ADHD and/or autism.

DSPL7 – a Hertfordshire-wide partnership that works ensure that there is a range of provision and support services available in their local community for children and young people with SEND and their families

Join their Facebook group to find out more about parenting courses support groups.

Hertfordshire Local Offer – Hertfordshire County Council sets out information of the services available in the local area for parents, children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities.

Herts Parent Carer Involvement – An independent parent carer forum who work with local education, health and social care services and providers.

SENDIASS in Hertfordshire – provides impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and young people and children with SEND.

SPACE – supporting families of children and young people who are on the Autistic Spectrum (ASD), have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or other neurodiverse conditions

St Albans Plus School Partnership – Support for parents and families including children’s emotional wellbeing and children with SEN.