Bridgtown Primary School

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North Street, Bridgtown, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 0AZ

01543 227100

Bridgtown Primary School


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SEND specialist expertise

Our SENCO is Miss Harrison and she can be contacted by phone on 01543 227100 or by email at FAO SENCo. Miss Harrison holds the statutory National Award for SEN Coordination qualification required of all SENCOs and also has a degree in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Studies. She regularly attends Staffordshire County SEN network meetings and training courses.


More details of the SENCO’s role can be found in the SEN Policy which you can find in the School Policies section of our website.


Our Teachers and Teaching Assistants attend a variety of county run SEN courses and staff training workshops in school and are encouraged to keep their knowledge of SEN up to date.


External Specialists and Other Bodies

The school enjoys good working relationships with a wide range of people who provide services to children with SEND and their families.

The external specialists may:

  • Act in an advisory capacity
  • Extend expertise of school staff
  • Provide additional assessment
  • Support a child directly
  • Suggest statutory assessment is advisable
  • Consult with all parties involved with the child

How We Secure Specialist Expertise

Our Additional Needs Budget is used to support children and young people with SEND.

This is used to support children and young people with SEND by:

  • Providing staff training
  • Buying resources to support children
  • Enabling staff to run intervention programs
  • Paying for assessment and advice from outside agencies e.g. Cognition and Learning Team

At Bridgtown Primary school, we liaise with the following agencies depending upon the individual child’s needs:

  • Autism Inclusion Team
  • Behaviour Support Service
  • Education Psychology Service 
  • Occupational Therapy
  • School Mental Health Support Worker
  • School Nurse Team
  • Social Care and Health Team
  • Speech and Language Therapy


We encourage these professionals to visit school as often as possible to work with our staff and share their expertise. Wherever possible, staff implement programmes of work linked to these professionals e.g. speech and language programmes, exercises recommended by physical therapies etc.