Providing the best we can for every pupil is what we are about at St Thomas’. This page introduces our Inclusion Team but every teacher at St Thomas’ is a teacher of SEND.

We start with Quality First teaching to ensure that all children are included and make the progress they should. There are a series of Intervention Waves (see below) and we work very hard to ensure each and every child achieves their very best in every way while they are at St Thomas’.

Important documents:

The aims of the Inclusion Team at St Thomas of Canterbury are that:

  • all pupils, regardless of their particular needs, are provided with inclusive teaching which will enable them to make the best possible progress in the school and feel that they are a valued member of the wider school community.
  • We expect that all pupils with SEND will meet or exceed the high expectations set for them based on their age and starting points
  • We will use our best endeavours to give pupils with SEND the support they need
  • Ambitious educational and wider outcomes will be set for them together with you as parents and with your child
  • We want all pupils to become confident individuals who will be able to make a successful transition on to the next phase of their educational journey and into adulthood

We are looking forward to working as a team and with families to provide the best provision possible for the children at St Thomas’.

Meeting the Inclusion Team

Our inclusion Leader and SENDCo is Caroline McNiff: senco@st-thomas.surrey.sch.uk

Our Home School Link Worker and Mental Health Lead is Jo Scott hslw@st-thomas.surrey.sch.uk

Both can be contacted through the School office or direct by phone or email. All the contact details are in the SEND information report 2023-24

For more details about our Home School Link Worker please see HOME SCHOOL LINK WORKER INFORMATION

Mrs Carter is our  Designated teacher for looked after and previously looked after children 

The Inclusion Team at St Thomas’

Caroline Mc Niff

Inclusion Leader and Senco (Special Educational Needs Coordinator)

Caroline has responsibility for intervention and Inclusion across the school and specifically for provision for children with SEN and Education and Healthcare Plans across the school. Caroline has a Post graduate qualification in SEND meeting the requirements of the National Award in Special Educational Needs Co-ordination. senco@st-thomas.surrey.sch.uk (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Jo Scott

Home School Link Worker

Claire has a pastoral role supporting families and signposting where additional support can be sought if necessary. hslw@st-thomas.surrey.sch.uk Mobile: 07725250435 (Mondays 8.30am - 1.30pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.30am - 4.30pm)

Erica Hills

Cherry Cooper

ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)

Cherry delivers Emotional Literacy support sessions to children on a one to one basis.

Liz Marshall

ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)

Liz delivers Emotional Literacy support sessions to children on a one to one basis.

Alison Skobelski

ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)

Alison delivers Emotional Literacy support sessions to children on a one to one basis and also specialises in maths interventions in KS2.

Lisa May

Lisa May co-leads Maths Intervention across the school. Interventions include Snap Maths, 1stclass@number and Success at Arithmetic.

Natasha Farage

SEND admin support.

Gemma Read

SEND admin support.