Special Education Needs and Disability Provision

At St Agnes we aim to provide all children with an education according to their individual needs. We believe that the educational goals for all children are the same. All pupils are encouraged to be actively involved in self-assessment and planning. We hope to achieve a positive partnership with parents. The term Special Needs is a very broad one, covering a wide range of conditions. A child may experience difficulties, which may fall into one or more of the following categories:

1. a physical or mental disability

2. a problem relating to hearing, speech or sight

3. a behavioural or emotional problem.

4. difficulties related to a specific curriculum area ie. Mathematics

5. difficulties of a more general nature covering some or all areas of the curriculum

For some children these areas of Special Needs become apparent before they come into school and may be highlighted by medical professionals. However in most cases the need for extra help will only become clear after they start school. The school has a policy document in place, which explains the rational, purposes, and guidelines of how each child’s individual needs will be met. This policy conforms to the guidelines laid down by the Local Authority (LA) and is in accordance with the government’s requirements. The policy is available for parents to view on request should the need arise, it is available on the School Website. There is a designated SENCo, Miss Butterworth, in school whose specific role is to develop, implement and monitor the school’s SEN policy. She is directly accountable to the governors. Miss Butterworth also has a responsibility to liaise between colleagues, parents, pupils and outside agencies when it is appropriate. The rights of all pupils to have access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum is fundamental to the ethos and philosophy of the school. The school will make every attempt to accommodate the needs of every child regarding areas of provision for special needs, currently in school we have a disabled toilet and one ramp. Accessibility for wheelchairs is limited.

SENCo: Miss S Butterworth

SEND Governor: Ms S Gittins

Please note:  Whilst every effort has been made evaluate these sites for content, St Agnes School is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites.

To find out more about our provision at school for children with additional needs please select the appropriate document from below.


File icon: pdf St Agnes SEN Information Report 2018 [pdf 268KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Special Educational Needs Policy 2018 [pdf 454KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Accessibility Plan October 2018 [pdf 538KB] Click to download

Oldham Council Local Offer for Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Local Authorities must publish support that is available for children and young people with S.E.N. and disabilities and their families.

This information is called the 'Local Offer' and must include education, health and care services and must be clear and easy to understand.

To access the Oldham Council Local Offer please click on the picture link.


File icon: pdf SEND Local Offer NEW Information - March 2019 [pdf 1MB] Click to download

Oldham Council Local Offer Guidance

Please select from the documents below.


File icon: pdf What is the Local Offer - CfDC [pdf 386KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf SEND Local Offer Leaflet [pdf 386KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Good Practice and Quality Assurance Guide [pdf 69KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Oldham Local Offer Activities 2018 [pdf 260KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf A guide to making conversations with schools count for all families [pdf 264KB] Click to download

Oldham Council SEND Written Statement

These website pages contain information about Reports, strategies, values, codes of practice (SEND).

To access the Oldham Council SEND Written Statement please click on the picture link.

Children's Additional Needs and Disability Register

Please can we encourage our parents to add their details to the register so that they can receive updates and alerts when new services and resources are added to the Local Offer Directory. 

Please click on the picture link to register on their website.

Speech and Language Drop In Sessions

There are a number of drop-in sessions for children who are having trouble talking and following instructions.

Parents are welcome to come along with their children (or school staff with parental consent) to talk about how their child is doing and what we can do to help.  If you have any questions, please call Stella Kenworthy 0161 621 3666.

The sessions are at:

Tuesday 30 April, 9 – 11.30am
Mills Hill Primary School
Baytree Avenue
Chadderton, OL9 0NH
Tuesday 20 May,1.30 – 4pm
Werneth Primary School
Coppice Street
Oldham, OL8 4BL
Tuesday 11 June, 9 – 11.30am
Oasis Academy Limeside
Third Avenue
Oldham, OL8 3SB
Wednesday 26 June, 1.30 – 4pm
Willowpark Primary Academy
163 Vulcan Street
Oldham, OL1 4LJ
Thursday 4 July, 9 – 11.30am
Blackshaw Lane Primary School
Blackshaw Lane
Oldham, OL2 6NT

Parents of Oldham in Touch - P.O.I.N.T.

P.O.I.N.T. website is packed with information to support you and your child or young person. We are determined that through our collaborations across Health, Education and Social Care, that together, we can improve the life chances and aspirations of children and young people with additional Needs and disabilities.

To find out more visit their website by clicking on the picture link or select the document below to download their handbook.

File icon: pdf Oldham SEND Handbook [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Ability Wheelz Cycling Centre [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Oldham Parent Carer Forum [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf SEND Mediation and DRS [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf SEND Self Support Workshops [pdf 96KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf SEND Workshops and Training Service [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf SENDIAS Service [pdf 1MB] Click to download

Oldham Family Information Service

The Family Information Service provides help, advice and support for parents and carers of children aged 0-20 years old.


To find out more visit their website by clicking on the picture link


Formerly known as Parent Partnership, Oldham. Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information Advice and Support (IAS) Service is a FREE confidential, impartial and independent service operated by POINT Services.

Oldham SEND IAS Service exists to help parents and carers of children with additional needs and disabilities; and children and young people themselves, in matters relating to their Education, Health or Social Care provision.

Their support services are tailored to your individual needs and are both personal and confidential.  They can offer you:

  • Independent information about Special Needs Education.
  • One-to-one advice and support.
  • Details about how Special Education, Health and Social Care is organised.
  • Advice about working with those involved with you, your child or young person.
  • Information about local support networks.
  • Access to Independent Parental Support for Parents, Carers and Young People 16+
  • Support to arrange Mediation and Disagreement Resolution.
  • Support with SEND Tribunal claims.
  • Opportunities to improve and shape services through our SEND IAS Steering Group.

Their  website contains useful information, guidance and practical tools to enable you to understand the processes and arrangements for Special Educational Needs and disability both locally and nationally so that you can make informed choices about the provision required to meet you own, or your child or young persons needs.

To find out more visit their website by clicking on the picture link.

Oldham Parent Carer Forum

We are a member of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums. 

Our main aim is to ensure the needs of our children and young people with SEND are met and we bring together parent carers from across Oldham to provide mutual support, exchange information, and influence policy and practice:

  • create a culture of participation and co-production across education, health, social care and the voluntary sectors. This means that we can become involved in all aspects of designing, commissioning, delivering and reviewing services as an equal partner;
  • empower our members to ensure that their voices are heard at a local, regional and national level; and
  • inspire our partners by sharing good practice and knowledge. 

Government Advice - Making a Complaint about Special Educational Needs Provision (SEN)

If you want to complain about a school’s SEN support, you should do it while your child is still registered at the school.  This includes complaints that the school has not provided the support required by your child’s SEN statement or education, health and care (EHC) plan.

Please access the government's advice website by clicking on the picture link or to view our school Complaints Policy please use this link.