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Holy Name Catholic Voluntary Academy

Part of The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust
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Holy Name is committed to ensuring that all our children succeed and reach their full potential. All our children are treated as individuals. We work with children, parents and other agencies to provide the best possible educational outcomes. We have high expectation for all our children and put support in place at the earliest possible stage where needed. Should you wish to contact our SENDco Sarah Watson, you can do so via the school office.

Leeds Local Offer for SEND




 Helpful Documents

Leeds City Council have provided a range of documents to help parents and their understanding on SEN terminology. These include one minute guides, jargon busters and a comprehensive explanation about EHCPs.

SENDIASS OfferSENIT One Minute GuideFFI One Minute GuideEHCP One Minute GuideSENDIASS One Minute GuideTerminology ExplainedSEN GuideEHCP Assessment ProcessSENDIASS Workshop datesSENDIASS Drop In poster

 Speech and Language

At Holy Name, we work closely with Chatterbugs, who visit school on a half-termly basis as well as with the NHS Speech & Language Service in Leeds. Any concerns that we have about any aspect of a child’s communication needs are acted upon. Parents are always consulted and next steps discussed. Please access the information below for information on the speech therapy company that we use and consent forms for their services.






STARS are a team of autism specialists, who offer advice and training to mainstream settings and staff. They provide support and advice to school as to how best to support children and their families once they have received an official diagnosis.


Zig Zag are a fabulous Leeds based group that provide support for autistic families and schools.
Home | ZigZag Leeds Autism Support Group (zigzagautismservices.co.uk)

The National Autistic Society has a useful website with support ideas and advice on.
National Autistic Society (autism.org.uk)

Autism - School Support GuideFinding a Secondary School Guide




The following documents provide support, advice and ideas for children, who may be showing signs of dyslexia. https://leedsnewmedia.net/showcase/1730/labda_jg/index.html

Understanding DyslexiaDyslexia ExplainedHow can parents support children with dyslexia?SEND Web links for Home LearningSensory Motor Circuits


Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs are a type of special educational needs in which children/young people have severe difficulties in managing their emotions and behaviour. They often show inappropriate responses and feelings to situations.

This means that they have trouble in building and maintaining relationships with peers and adults; they can also struggle to engage with learning and to cope in classroom without additional strategies and interventions. Children with SEMH will often feel anxious, scared and misunderstood.

The following website allows you to complete the questionnaire and then gives some great ideas of how to support your child.

These are also useful websites with support and ideas: