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Sherwell Valley Primary School

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The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Leaders (SENDCo) at Sherwell Valley Primary are Jayne Keller and Debbie Gaywood (Hannah Sennett is currently on maternity leave). They oversee the provision and needs for all pupils within the school.


They are always happy to meet with you (with appropriate social distancing) or talk over the phone should you have any queries or concerns about your child. To book an appointment, please ring the school office: 01803 613296 or email


Who else can help if your child has SEND?


Our SEND Information Report


Please click on the link below to read our SEND Information Report to support our pupils with additional needs.

Our School Offer


Please click on the link below to find out what provision we offer all pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs…

To view the Torbay Local Authority Offer click here

Our SEND Policy


Please click on the link below to see how we provide for our pupils with Special Educational Needs.

To view our Accessibility Plan Policy, click here.

To view our Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions Policy, click here.

Supporting Children’s Mental Wellbeing:


Attachment Awareness


We have several members of staff who have been working towards Sherwell Valley becoming an Attachment Aware School. Sharon Vallance has completed training with Louise Bomber, author of many books on the subject including ‘Inside I’m Hurting’. Lisa Johnson is almost at the end of her training along the same lines, while Vicky Nevisky and Alison Clarke have learnt about Attachment Based Mentoring, which combines knowledge of attachment with coaching skills. Our aim is for all members of staff to have an awareness of Attachment issues and how they impact on children’s learning in the classroom. We have had several success stories already!


Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing


We are very fortunate to have Miss Vass who has a degree in Child Development, including social, emotional and mental health issues. Her studies are already having a direct impact on her work in different classes and children are benefiting from staff having a more thorough understanding of the issues that affect their engagement with learning. 


Other Expertise in School


We have several members of staff who have been trained in Mindfulness techniques and they have been successfully passing these strategies on to children in many classes. As with the Thrive programme, the benefits of Mindfulness are supported by studies in brain science and enable children to focus more positively on their academic work and also to learn how to relax. Many staff also use Coaching in their work with children, which in turn supports our Growth Mindset ethos in developing resilience. The evidence can be seen in many classes as children are encouraged to work independently and to persevere when faced with a challenge.

Where can you find more information and support?


If you are interested in aspects of SEND, the following websites could be extremely useful: