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St Silas Church of England Primary Academy


St Silas is a Church of England Primary Academy and is a member of the Multi Academy Trust owned by Cidari.

Loving God and each other

We work together to be the best we can be.

We are proud of our inclusive school where all children are valued and are part of our family.  We would encourage you to come and visit us to see the quality of education and care given to our children within our award- winning school building.

Values are important to us as a school and we aim to develop our pupils academically, spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and physically by providing a broad and balanced curriculum with faith values at the heart of everything we do. The school has four Christian core values at the heart. These are love, belonging, service and thankfulness. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Laura Smith
Contact Position
Inclusion Manager
01254 698447

Where to go

St Silas CE Primary Academy
St Silas Road
This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Contact Name
Laura Smith
Contact Telephone
01254 698447
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by, the school/setting?

At St Silas CE Primary Academy, we have close connections with a range of services who provide extra support and information for our children and parents.   

These include the following agencies:

  • Blackburn with Darwen’s SEND Support Service who support with 


Speech, language and communication needs

Physical difficulties

Hearing Impairment

Visual impairment

Specific Learning Difficulties


  • The Educational Psychology Service
  • Speech and Language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • School nurse and health visitors
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Children’s Services


Mrs Rehana Patel is our Pupil and Family Well-Being Coordinator and she supports families who may need additional help.

What training and experience have the staff supporting children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities had, or are having?

Mrs Laura Smith is our Inclusion Manager and as part of her role, she ensures that staff at our school are well-trained in supporting children with SEND.  Recently, our Special Support Assistants have received a lot of training on how to support children with pre-writing skills and motor skills. In addition, we have members of staff who have received specific training in Autism and supporting children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.

Our staff receive regular safeguarding training provided by School’s Safeguarding.

In our Early Years Foundation Stage, our staff have received extensive language training so that they are able to support children who struggle with their speaking or understanding.  

Our staff have received training on asthma and anaphylaxis.  In addition staff are trained according to individual medical needs such as diabetes.

How do you know if my child/young person needs extra help?

Your child’s class teacher closely monitors their progress after each lesson and is able to plan next steps carefully.  Staff are well trained in ensuring children are happy and settled and will act quickly to intervene if they need to.

Every 9 weeks, each child is discussed individually at Pupil Progress Meetings so that their academic progress can be looked at in more depth.  Parents are informed if there are any concerns and the Inclusion Manager may add the child onto the school’s SEND register for closer monitoring and to see how the child can be supported.  Each class has a detailed provision map which includes details of where the gaps are in a child’s progress and which interventions they will receive to help close this gap.

If we feel insufficient progress is made through the extra support in class, the Inclusion Manager will assess the child and outside agencies may be involved should the parents consent to this.

If you feel your child needs extra help with their social and emotional well-being you can speak to their class teacher or Mrs Rehana Patel, our Pupil and Family Well-Being Coordinator.  We are proud of our nurturing school and we believe happy children will make better progress. We run regular nurture sessions for those who need them and we have an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant who takes individuals and small groups of children regularly who need support.


What should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

The first person to speak to is your child’s class teacher as they have a wealth of knowledge about your child and can spend time talking you through how they feel your child is doing.

You may also speak to Mrs Laura Smith, our Inclusion Manager who is always happy to see parents.  Our headteacher is Mrs Michele Battersby and our Pupil and Family Well-Being Coordinator is Mrs Rehana Patel.


How will staff support my child/young person?

Children are well supported in class by their teacher and additional adults.  Some children have SSA support and staff run intervention groups to help those who need extra practise to keep up with their peers.  When a child is referred to an outside agency, school follow the advice given and ensure the child’s needs are being met.


How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

Children are supported in mixed ability groups by their peers which creates a supportive and nurturing environment in the classroom.  Teachers plan carefully so that all children can engage in the lesson and they ensure they move around the classroom to address misconceptions or identify any issues a child may have.  Some children receive interventions to help them keep up.

How will teaching approaches be modified to support my child/young person?

Our teachers are well trained and equipped to ask different levels of questions to ensure all children are engaged.  Staff have had training in the use of visuals to make learning more meaningful for children who may struggle with language and they practical resources to support learning.


How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing?

our child’s class teacher carries out detailed and regular assessments of how the children are progressing.  Should they feel a child is struggling or not keeping up you will be informed and the Inclusion Manager will become involved and make external referrals if required.  We are continually striving to improve our communication with parents about your child's progress and welcome you to come into school but will also sent letters, reports and text messages to keep you informed. 

Each class teacher has a detailed provision map with targets for their children which are worked on through different interventions to help support individual needs.

Mrs Rehana Patel coordinates our CAFs for parents who need more regular and formal meetings and support.  These are designed as a short term intervention with a detailed action plan centred around your child’s or family’s needs.

For children with an Educational, Health Care plan, annual review meetings are held and interim ones if necessary.


How will you help me to support my child/young person's learning?

Parents are regularly invited into school for events, meetings and workshops run by our staff or by external providers.  Our teachers bring the children out each day after school so that they can meet and speak with parents and they are always happy to arrange additional meetings if these are required.  We have lots of information on our website about how you can support your child with phonics, maths and other areas of learning.

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall wellbeing?

We are proud of our nurturing school and provide small group nurture sessions which are carefully planned to support individual social and emotional well-being.  In addition our ELSA supports children who are maybe struggling with friendship issues or need to increase their self-esteem. We are fully aware of how important it is for children to be happy and settled and will step in quickly to support if needed,.

Mrs Rehana Patel sees individual children who need help and works hard to build good relationships with our parents so she can support where necessary.


What activities will be available for my child/young person?

We are a member of the Children’s University and so offer a wide variety of fun and sporting activities after school for children to enjoy.  We ensure our curriculum is inclusive so all children can access PE and swimming as well as taking part in sporting activities such as the annual Boccia tournament which we enter.

Our teachers plan educational visits and trips which build on learning in the classroom and each year in Year 6 the children have the opportunity to attend a residential trip where they can engage in some outdoor fun.


How will you prepare and support my child/young person during transitions?

We conduct home visits with all of our new pupils so we can see your child in their home environment where they feel most comfortable.  We have lots of visits arranged to school so that your child can get used to their new environment. We cater for each child individually so if your child needs more induction sessions to school, these will be arranged.

Our Year 6 staff and our Inclusion Manager liaise with secondary school staff to ensure all information is passed on to high school.  Our Pupil and Family Well-Being Coordinator will work with schools to arrange bespoke transition for children who need additional help.

How are resources and equipment allocated and matched to my child's/young person's needs?

Our modern and spacious building means that it is accessible to all.  We have a lift to all floors, disabled toilets and a hygiene room with shower.

Our teachers are trained to cater for children with Dyslexic Type Learning Needs and those who require support with their language.  We use lots of visual and practical resources to make learning meaningful.


How are decisions made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

The needs of all children are carefully planned on a class provision map.  If a child is still not making enough progress following interventions that work on their targets, outside agencies may then be involved.  A referral to the Educational Health Care Panel may be discussed if professionals are in agreement that a child has significant needs which school requires extra funding to meet.