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At Cathedral School we firmly believe that all children have an entitlement to be educated alongside their peers. As an inclusive community we are committed to developing inclusive cultures, policies and practices.  We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils.  This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for our children.  We make this a reality through the attention that we pay to the different groups of children within our school

At Cathedral we are committed to high achievement for all, supporting children and their families in making the best of the opportunities available to them.  All children should have the opportunity to feel valued, to experience success and feel positive about themselves. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to get in touch.'

Caterina Spencer

Leader for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

email: cspencer@riponcathedral.n-yorks.sch.uk 

telephone: 01765 602355



We produce an annual report on our work with children with special educational needs or disabilities. Click below to read it.

SEND Policy 

We have also started to send out a termly SEND newsletter which you can access below.

Summer 2023 SEND Newsletter

Autumn 2023 SEND Newsletter

Spring 2024 SEND Newsletter

Special Education Needs Information Report 

Report November 2023

The Children and Families Bill requires North Yorkshire to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs aged 0-25. This is the Local Offer.

The intention of the Local Offer is;

  • to improve choice and transparency for families

  • to provide an important resource for professionals in understanding the range of services and provision in a local area

  • to inform the joint commissioning process for children and young people with SEND by setting out in a single place what is available locally

It is central to the ethos of the SEND Green Paper which set out a vision of a new, transparent and holistic SEN system that the Local offer is co-produced with children, young people and their families.

For more details about the Local Offer please click on the link:

North Yorkshire Local Offer

SEND Websites and Resources 

www.ipsea.org.uk – A useful site for free, Special Education advice, based on statutory requirements

www.autism.org.uk – The National Autistic Society website; the main UK charity for supporting people with ASD and their families (contains lots of useful advice and resources)

www.attentionautism.com – For more information on Attention Autism and how you can support your child to develop attention and turn-taking skills

www.widgit.com/resources - Resources with symbols covering different topics and areas of life, including resources for fire safety and about visiting the doctor/dentist

www.special-needs-kids.co.uk – An information directory for parents and carers

www.iassnetwork.co.uk – Advice and support for parents of children with SEN

www.autismuk.com – Lots of information on ASD

www.downs-syndrome.org.uk – Advice and support, including booklets, to help with independent toileting, sleeping and managing behaviour

www.autismspeaks.org – A comprehensive site, with a useful resource library

www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/main/library_social_stories.html - A really useful set of social stories to share with children, covering topics ranging from coping with a new baby in the family to getting a haircut and making friends. The National Autistic Society website also provides guidance on writing your own personalised social stories

Useful, fun, websites with highly visual games for using with your children to consolidate early skills: