St George's Primary School Portland

Special Educational Needs, Disability and Equality 


Our school is proud to provide an excellent, inclusive education that develops the whole child.  We embrace, respect and value our community and its heritage. Our aim is to prepare ambitious learners who are ready to progress into the wider world. 


“Pupils are inspired by interesting and captivating lessons. Staff believe in every pupil. Pupils achieve well, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities.” Ofsted 2021 


At St George’s we provide all pupils with access to a broad and balanced curriculum. We are committed to making sure all our pupils have the chance to thrive and support them to reach their full potential. We are focused on creating an inclusive environment, where provision is tailored to the needs and abilities of pupils, no matter how varied. We offer our children a safe and happy environment where they are inspired to take brave steps in their learning.  We enable them to grow in confidence and we provide them with the belief to achieve their potential. 


To find out about Dorset Council's SEND Local Offer, please click here. 

To see our SEND policy click here.


Meet the Inclusion Team 

Mrs. Bowman is the SENDCo and she is responsible for all pupils who have a Special Educational Need and/or Disability. She will liaise with teachers, teaching assistants, parents, carers and external agencies to ensure pupils receive the appropriate support and provision. If you would like to speak to her about your child, please contact the office to arrange a meeting. 

Mrs. Barker is the SENDCo assistant, supporting Mrs. Bowman with the organisation of our SEND provision. She also works with pupils across the school delivering interventions.  

Mrs. Barnes is the Family Support Advisor. If you would like to speak to her about your child, please contact the office to arrange a meeting. 


Mental Health and Wellbeing

At St George's we are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils, their parents and carers, our staff and the wider community. We promote a culture of positive mental health and teach our pupils to understand and how to help to their mental health and wellbeing. 

In school we have three members of staff who are ELSA trained - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. They worked with pupils individually to support their emotional wellbeing. Our ELSAs are Mrs Barnes, Mrs Wills and Mrs Souster. 

We work closely with the Mental Health in Schools Team, MHST. They work with pupils individually, deliver assemblies or workshops and provide regular training for our staff. If you would like to find out more about the MHST, please click here.

Other useful websites:

Every Child Matters - Useful tips and information on how to support your child's mental health

Young Minds - Advice and support for children

Kooth - Online counselling and moderated forums by qualified and registered health professionals for children

Steps2Wellbeing - Support for parents and carers who may be struggling with their mental health and wellbeing