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St Cuthbert Mayne Comprehensive School

St Cuthbert Mayne Joint Catholic and and Church of England Comprehensive School is an 11-18 school with a tradition of providing first class education in a Christian context for young people of all abilities. This means recognising each person as a child of God, precious in His eyes and therefore deserving of our best efforts to enable each student to develop their full potential. We strive to ensure that students feel safe and learn how to take care of themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. We understand that happiness and well-being are priorities if young people are to learn successfully. We offer appropriate levels of challenge and support so that students of all abilities can excel.

The school welcomes young people from all sections of the community subject to availability of places.

Headteacher: Mr James Down
DfEE No: 4601
Number on Roll: 1149
Type of School: Voluntary Aided

Who to contact

01803 328725
Fax: 01803 322273

Where to go

Trumlands Road

Other Details




Age Ranges
From 11 years to 18 years
Age Ranges
From 11 years to 18 years

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
Sixth form / other post 16 provider (16 - 19 years)
SEN Provision Type

SEN Information

A printable version of this form is available in the downloads section.

What special education provision is available at our setting?

St Cuthbert Mayne believes in the importance of ‘high quality teaching’. All teachers are fully qualified and believe in, inclusive education. The teachers have the highest possible expectations for all students including those with SEN.

In addition facilities and support includes:-

  • Learning Mentors that provide targeted support for all four board areas of need including;
    • Social emotional and mental health
    • Cognition and learning,
    • Speech, language and communication
    • Physical/ sensory difficulties
  • Qualified Counsellors and wellbeing support 
  • Literacy Support & Intervention – in addition to Quality First teaching including Lexia programme and Read, write inc. 
  • Numeracy Support & Intervention – in addition to Quality First teaching including ‘The SpringBoard' programme 
  • Whole School support for students with Dyslexia – in addition to Quality first teaching and dyslexia friendly classrooms. 
  • Assessment for Exam Concessions 
  • Comprehensive pastoral structure with a Head of Year and tutor 
  • Support from the Speech & Language service 
  • Intervention and support from school nurse 
  • Use of diagnostic assessment 
  • Support from the Educational Psychology Service 
  • Emmaus centre support including Interventions for behaviour and emotion 
  • Careers and work-related learning programme 
  • SENDIASS support 
  • Access to Hearing Support Advisory Teachers in school 
  • Support from SEN Advisory Department – Local Authority 
  • Access and referrals to CAHMS and checkpoint
  • Access to and support from Evolve Physiotherapy, Brunel and Burton Academy 
  • Checkpoint 
  • Family Support Services

What criteria must be satisfied before children and young people can access this provision/service?

At St. Cuthbert Mayne all students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. We recognise that some students may need ‘something different from or in addition to’ support to enable them to make the expected progress to achieve in line with their peers. This could also be in the form of small group intervention work, additional support from Learning Mentors in class, 1:1 tuition or use of additional equipment to help them achieve their potential. Some students might need additional diagnostic assessments to identify areas of strength and difficulty. These students will be placed on the confidential school SEND Register.

More targeted support may be required if the students have been granted an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

How do we identify the particular special educational needs of a child or young person?

Identification of SEND is achieved from a variety of means. For example:-

  • Information from parents and parental concerns 
  • Reports from outside agencies 
  • Identification by the subject teacher of the student failing to make expected levels of progress. 
  • Continual assessment to follow student’s progress and liaison with SENCO and Head of Year 
  • Current difficulties 
  • Learning assessments early in Year 7 
  • Information from Primary School

How do we consult with parents and/or children and young people about their needs?

At St. Cuthbert Mayne we actively seek involvement of parents in the education of students with SEND, in order to help them achieve their full potential. 

  • Parents are consulted before involvement of Local Authority Support 
  • Parents’ Evenings 
  • Inviting students and families to look around the school setting 
  • Extra transition visits for Year 6 students 
  • Induction Day for Years 6-7 and Induction Evening 
  • Primary liaison visits 
  • Annual Reports 
  • Parents are invited to attend SEN Review meetings to discuss progress and appropriate SEN provision 
  • SEN Forums
  • Termly meetings with students to complete a learning passport

What is our approach to teaching children and young people with special educational needs?

At St. Cuthbert Mayne one of the aims is for the students to become independent learners and to access a broad and balanced curriculum. The students are provided with appropriately differentiated work and some receive targeted support from the Learning Support team. Some students benefit from further intervention either on a 1:1 basis or small group work.

Where a student’s needs are complex and require a higher level of support, specialist equipment and expertise are sought. Parents will be contacted if the school believes a student needs extra support. The students with high needs are removed from the mainstream class for 1:1 or small group intervention. In KS3 a small nurture group supports primary transition including literacy and numeracy catch up.

How can we adapt our curriculum for children and young people with special educational needs?

The curriculum is differentiated to meet the needs of individual students 

  • Teaching styles are flexible and are adapted according to the needs of the students 
  • Schemes of work will reflect the school’s approaches to Teaching and Learning and take SEN into account with resources in place, differentiation etc. 
  • LM support is available within the classroom or for small group / 1:1 work 
  • Any additional resources, if appropriate (e.g. Ipad, netbook, magnifier) 
  • Adapting timetable to suit needs 
  • Support from outside agencies

How will we ensure we get the services, provision and equipment that children and young people need?

  • We apply for targeted funding
  • We provide regular SEND professional development for all our staff
  • We work with outside agencies and link professional – e.g. speech & language, sensory support, occupational therapy and CAMHS
  • We work closely with Local Authority
  • We also monitoring effectiveness of our interventions and funding

How is this provision funded?

The school receives funding to respond to the needs of pupils with SEND.

The SLT/Business Manager/SENCo decides on the budget for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in consultation with the school governors, on the basis of needs in the school.

  • The Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for SEND monitors and reviews: 
    • The children getting extra support already; 
    • The children needing extra support; 
    • The children who have been identified as not making as much progress as would be expected. 
  • All resources/training and support are reviewed regularly and changes made as needed. 
  • The school could spend this money on: 
  • Learning Mentors at the appropriate levels; 
    • The SENCo and their assistants; 
    • Early identification and intervention work with students; 
    • Training for all teachers and teaching assistants so they can meet students' needs more effectively; 
    • Special books and equipment; 
    • Additional advisory services; 
  • The details of how individual students receive support are recorded on their Learning Passports.

What additional learning support is available for children and young people with special educational needs and how do they access it?

As well as interventions in Numeracy and Literacy, other forms of support are available depending on need. The LM’s work within the classroom situation and will also work on a 1:1 / small group basis. This situation is flexible as the LM could work with another group whilst the teacher is working with those of a greater need.

Additional support also includes:- 

  • Mind mapping 
  • Virtual aids 
  • Memory interventions 
  • Social communication work
  • Active Learning for Active listening
  • Drawing and talking therapy
  • ELSA
  • Mentoring plans

The support is accessed via the SENCO / Head of Year and Heads of Department. Students with an EHCP have a higher level of need and therefore take priority for suitable support.

How do we support and improve the emotional and social development of children and young people with special educational needs?

In the summer term transition arrangements are put in place so that the Year 6’s and their parents / carers are familiar with the new school and routines etc. This can also be carried out in Year 9 and Year 11 especially if the student is moving on to another establishment.

Whilst at St. Cuthbert Mayne the pupils in need have access to :- 

  • Attachment and trauma aware school status 
  • The Emmaus Centre 
  • Welfare Officers 
  • Counsellor 
  • Social Emotional and Mental Health Champion 
  • Extra-Curricular Clubs
  • Family Support Workers – Early Help

The aim is that the students feel valued and nurtured and have their needs met. Support and Pastoral staff meet regularly to maintain levels of awareness and training.

How do we support children and young people with special educational needs moving between phases of education and preparing for adulthood?

St. Cuthbert Mayne has a structured transition programme. We visit all of the feeder primary schools and meet all of the students.

There is a transition day (usually the first Thursday of July) and we offer other days if a student requires it. Each student is an individual; therefore, the additional support will be structured accordingly. For example, visits after school, away from break me, with a LM etc.

The school also offers:- 

  • Transitional Annual Reviews 
  • Taster sessions 
  • Options Evenings (Year 9) 
  • Induction Evenings for GCSE 
  • Careers Advice 
  • Support moving on from Year 11 
  • Records of students with SEN transferred to future establishments 
  • Transition into Key Stage 5

What other support is available for children and young people with special educational needs and how can they access it?

Accessed through SENCO / Head of Year / Head of Department / Welfare Team.

Support is available for physical needs e.g. Assessment by Occupational Therapist or other specialist needs.

During unstructured times of the day the Welfare Team is available and access to the ‘Chatterbox Club’ The school will also liaise with outside agencies and encourage visits off site – e.g. through young carers, Torbay Autistic Society.

What extra-curricular activities are available for children and young people with special educational needs?

St. Cuthbert Mayne operates a fully inclusive policy. Students can attend: 

  • ‘Chatterbox Club’ 
  • Young Carers 
  • Homework Club 
  • Residential Visits & School Visits

All clubs offered by the school, e.g. sports clubs, drama clubs etc.

How do we assess and review progress towards agreed outcomes, and how are parents, children and young people involved in this process?

The school uses a variety of assessment processes which are relevant to their stages. Progress is reviewed regularly. There are many opportunities for pupils to reflect on and improve on their progress (“purple penning”) and me for students to plan and work on their next steps.

All students will be assessed at the end of KS4 using GCSE or vocational qualifications.

The school uses a family centre approach when assessing progress of students with a statement – this is formally reviewed at an Annual Review with the child and all adults involved with the child’s education. 

  • Annual Reviews 
  • Reports 
  • Progress checks 
  • Parents’ Evenings 
  • Review Meetings 
  • Line Management Meetings 
  • Data checks 
  • Letters to parents

How do we assess the effectiveness of our special needs provision and how are parents, children and young people involved in this assessment?

Consulting with parents and students is vital. This is done at Annual Reviews, Parents’ evening, or SEND review meetings/professional meetings.

You can also contact the Head of year or SENDCo directly if you would like to discuss your child and their needs further. The Local Authority can also be contacted for support.

The SENDCo writes a report to Governors annually which can be viewed. The school is also subject to an Ofsted inspection.

How do we ensure that teaching staff and other staff have the expertise needed to support children and young people with special educational needs?

Our teaching staff and support staff have a whole range of qualifications, training, expertise and experience. There is a JPD (professional development) programme which covers a wide range of needs such as:

  • Hearing impairment 
  • Visual impairment 
  • Specific medical conditions e.g. asthma, diabetes 
  • Specific learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia 
  • Autistic Spectrum conditions 
  • Speech, Language and Communication needs 
  • Emotional difficulties e.g. attachment disorder, bereavement 
  • Physiotherapy 
  • Differentiation 
  • Definitions of various types of SEN and suggested strategies to support the students 
  • Information from the Code of Practice

How can parents, children and young people make a complaint about our provision?

If a parent has a complaint or concern they can raise the matter with either the tutor, Head of Year or SENDCO. If the issue then does not get resolved it can be referred to the Senior Leadership Team and the Headteacher. In the event of a further dispute the School Governors, LA and Headteacher will work closely with the parents to resolve the matter.

The complaint procedure is set out on our website.

How can parents, children and young people get more information about the setting?

If your child has a disability or Special Educational Need, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01803 328725 to arrange a visit.

Or, you can visit the school website at

Or, e-mail us at

How the school involves other bodies, including health and social care bodies, local authority support services and voluntary sector organisations, in meeting children and young people’s SEN and supporting their families?

The school is well supported by other organisations, for example, WESC (visually impaired), Hearing impaired services, occupational, physiotherapy, SWIS and Adelong Evolve. Depending on the needs of the student, some of those organisations will attend meetings and reviews. The information and reports are shared appropriately and as needed.

The lead professionals in the school will liaise with the appropriate people to ensure the looked after students have their needs met. This might include social workers, Medical Tuition Service, Evolve Physiotherapy, Adoption and virtual school support, for example. If a request for Statutory Assessment is made then the lead professional (SLT member or SENCo) will organise meetings accordingly.

What arrangements are in place for supporting children who are looked after by the local authority and have SEN?

The designated teacher works with the SENCO to provide support to meet a child’s needs. The on-going targets are actioned through the PeP (personal education plan). This will include working with the Virtual School, Social Workers and possibly Medical Tuition Service, Adoption and Support agencies. If a request for statutory assessment is made the lead professionals (SLT member or SENCO) will organise support accordingly.