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SEND and Pastoral Care

Special Education Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

Welcome to the SEND area of the website.

This is designed to give parents/carers access to any of the information you may require regarding additional needs provision at Portishead Primary School.

School Environment and Approach 

The school has a range of resources to provide access for disabled pupils and visitors including special toilets, a hoist, a lift and ramps wherever needed. Our curriculum is regularly adjusted by class teachers who consult with parents and our inclusion leader to ensure equality of opportunity. We annually review our facilities and this year have created a multi-sensory room for our children who sometimes require a quiet and calm place during the school day.

Every child is unique, every child is special. Here at PPS we are an inclusive school and celebrate all of the characteristics covered by the equality framework and do all we can to allow all children to access mainstream education.

All learning is adapted to meet the needs of our pupils whether that be a learning difficulty or a physical disability. This includes our sports offer, trips and residential experiences.

You can find our Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Policy and Looked After Children Policy on the Policies and Key Documents page.

Please also have a look at the related page (EAL).

For further information please contact our Inclusion Leader, Claire Hardwidge, via the school office and see links and attachments below.

Email: or Tel: 01275 843360

Here are some useful links;

Health and Wellbeing Support

Our Wellbeing pages which contain a wide range of useful information

Happymaps - a locally developed one stop shop for mental health support.

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Managing Medicines in School

Please see here for our school policy.

For further information on Dyslexia please follow the link below:


Pastoral Care

At Portishead Primary School pastoral care is really important to us. It is important that all children feel safe and know that there are people to go to who will listen to them if they are worried or concerned.

School staff are here to support you and your child to get the very best from school by providing support, advice and information. We can help you with any worries in relation to your child’s education, behaviour or attendance and give support about how best to deal with your worries.

If you have any concerns or require any support with anything then please contact the classteacher in the first instance. If you have a specific concern you may wish to contact one of the following that you need more information or help with:

Richard Riordan - Headteacher:




Mental Health Champion and First Aider


Lucy Sargent - Deputy Headteacher:


Non SEND  additional academic support

Sam Blackmore-Squires 

EYFS and KS1 Support

Marie Barret

KS2 Support