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Welcome to the SEND section of our website

Our vision for children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities at Newtown Primary School is:
that we will be able to instil high aspirations by having confidence in their own strengths and abilities.  All children with SEND should have a sense of belonging within our school community, which supports them to thrive and feel valued and included within their education.

My name is Mrs Merrix and I have responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) within our school.  It is a privilege to support all of our children, parents and staff to work together to set high expectations, inspire, challenge, achieve and celebrate learning in our school.

As SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) I am responsible for managing the provision for children who require additional support.  My role, in partnership with parents, staff, and outside specialists, is to ensure that the specific needs of all children, whether they be social, emotional, behavioural, medical or cognitive, are identified, and appropriate support put in place.  To help your child to achieve their full potential, we will always ask them how they think we and you can support them.  We will make sure they are involved in setting their own goals and targets.  If your child requires a Target Plan for their Cognition and Learning needs, we will have a meeting with you and your child to ensure targets are shared, and you are aware of the support in place for their needs.

If you feel you need to speak with me, please contact the school office on 0121 557 8504, or by email on

Sandwell Local Offer and SENDIASS

If you feel that you need some independent advice, speak to Sandwell SENDIASS (Sandwell's Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service). 

As part of Sandwell Council, The Family Information Service has lead responsibility for Children and Young Adults with Disabilities and SEN Register.  This is a legal requirement for all local authorities.

The Register is a voluntary register, however we do encourage parents to join it as the Family Information Service will communicate with them on a regular basis with information specific to disabilities and SEN, such as changes in legislation, support groups and activities and events.

The application form is now available to complete online, on the Sandwell Local Offer website . If you have not already signed up, follow the link and complete the form.

SEND Coffee Morning: 13.12.23 at 9am:

We are hosting our first ever coffee morning where all parents are invited to seek advice or support for any SEND issues and queries.  A practitioner from SENDIASS will be attending where you are welcome to come and have a chat or share concerns and worries with one of our team.  We would love to see you all there! 

Parent Information

We want to support all of our parents to access the wealth of services available to them in Sandwell.  There is so much out there, but it is not always easy to know where to look or how to get involved.  This page is updated regularly with information on what is currently available. We hope you will find it a useful resource. 

Have a look at what is on locally:

Another really useful website is SPDC Children's Activities.  Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children (SPDC) seeks to ensure that all disabled children, young people and their families will have access to a range of positive play and leisure opportunities, enabling them to be safe, healthy and happy and to focus on enjoyment and achievement.


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Credit: Sandwell Autism Group

Did you know….?

Neurodiversity week from

18th-24th March 2024

Our differences should be celebrated.  Look at what these people have achieved.  Perhaps their unique ways of learning have helped them to be successful.