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St Francis Xavier's Catholic Academy

St Francis Xaviers Catholic Academy


St Francis Xavier's College is a Roman Catholic secondary school and sixth form with academy status located in Woolton, Liverpool, England. Year 7 to Year 11 are male only, whereas the Sixth Form are coeducational. The college is under the trusteeship of the Brothers of Christian Instruction


Who to contact

Contact Name
Kerry Lindop
Contact Position
Acting SENCO

Where to go

St Francis Xavier's Catholic Academy
Woolton Hill Road
L25 6EG

Local Offer




  1. How does the school know if young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

 Some of our staff meet with primary school teachers before your child joins the school to discuss the needs of each child. The SENCO will meet with other primary school SENCOs in the summer term to discuss individual student’s needs.  The progress that your child makes will be monitored throughout their time at St Francis Xavier's and interventions are put in place if children do not make progress.


 Teachers and support staff will share any concerns regarding the progress a student is making with the Learning Support Department and Head of Year. The SENCO will look at the student’s data and may carry out some informal assessments. She will also contact parents or carers of the student. If parents or carers have concerns they should contact the Learning Support Department.


  1. How will school staff support my child?

If your child has additional needs, he will be supported by the college’s SENCO who works closely with the Head of Year for Years 7 to 13. The role of the SENCO and Head of Year roles is in part to provide academic and pastoral support for your child. Your child may also work with Teaching Assistants in class who will support the work that they do. This may be in small groups or individually. In addition to this, your child might work with the SEN Teaching Assistant or SENCO in small group intervention lessons. The SENCO and subject leaders will monitor the progress of your child to ensure that the most appropriate intervention is being given.

  1. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

At St Francis Xavier's College we recognise that children need to learn in an environment that matches their needs. We recognise and understand that the students we teach have different learning styles. We also understand that some students learn at a different pace to their peers. Teachers plan lessons giving consideration to the student’s ability and needs, in order to help them to make progress and achieve good outcomes. They also allow the pace of the lesson to be appropriately matched to the learner’s needs, so that progress can be made. Your child’s progress will be monitored closely in a number of ways. This will include the following - marking of class and homework and end of unit assessments. There will be opportunities for you to discuss this at Parent’s Evenings with your child’s form tutor and subject teachers.

  1. What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?

There are many ways in which your child’s wellbeing will be supported. Our college has a strong pastoral team who will provide help and guidance for students. This team includes the form tutor, Head of Year, the Head of Care and Safeguarding, the school chaplain and a full-time school counsellor. Break and lunch time clubs are available for those students who prefer a quieter space to sit during these social times, which are supervised by a member of staff. If your child has medical needs you may be invited into the college along with the relevant member from health services to discuss your child’s Health Care Plan. Parents of pupils who need to take medication during the school day, will have to complete the necessary paperwork held at the school office, where all medication is kept and accounted for, in line with the school’s medical policy.

Your child will have the opportunity and will be encouraged to contribute their point of view through Pupil Voice activities and the student council.

  1. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?

The college has close links with outside agencies that can support the needs of the students. The college accesses specialist services when appropriate. These include:-

 Specialist outreach teachers for learning and social development

 The Sensory Service for students with a hearing or visual impairment

 The Educational Psychology Service

 Speech and Language Therapists

 Physiotherapists

 Occupational Therapists

 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS),

 Education Welfare,

 Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS).


  1. What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or having?

The college ensures that staff are trained to support children and young people with SEND. This training has covered issues such as:-

 Autistic Spectrum Conditions


 Dyslexia

 Hearing and Visual Impairments

 Medical conditions: - asthma, epilepsy, diabetes

 Whole school literacy and numeracy strategies

 Metacognition.


First aid training has been undertaken by a number of staff in the college and is revisited and updated regularly. Designated teachers within the college are involved in regular safeguarding training.

  1. How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

The college promotes a widely inclusive curriculum in which attendance at extra-curricular activities at lunch and after school is encouraged. For some students it may be necessary for a member of staff to complete a risk assessment with contribution from parents to make sure all areas of health and safety are covered before particular activities can take place. A school risk assessment supported by parental consultation, maybe implemented in some instances, to ensure that health and safety statutes are met.

  1. How accessible is the school?

Our school has been designed to ensure ease of access for people with a disability. This includes:-

 Wheelchair access

 Disabled changing and toilet facilities

 A shower room

 An operational lift

 A loop system for people with hearing impairments.


  1. How will the school support my child to join the school and how will the school support my child in transferring to the next stage of education?

Within the college, a team of staff will work with your child’s primary school prior to starting in September. During the final term in primary school, taster days are organised for your child to better facilitate the transition to their new school. This visit includes taster classes and activities designed to allow your child to get to know some of their new teachers and make new friends. The college also has a transition programme, organised by the SENCO, for students who may find the move to secondary school especially challenging.

If your child has an Education, Health Care Plan or pre-existing Statement of Educational Need, transition to our school will be carefully managed. Work then begins in Year 9 to support students as they move to Key Stage 4. A final review in Year 11 for students with an EHCP will take place regardless of whether they opt for sixth form, alternative colleges, or work based provision.

  1. How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to a child’s or young person’s special needs?

The allocation of resources is decided upon the needs of individual students. It is part of the SENCOs and Deputy Head’s responsibility to work with other members of staff within the college to ensure that students who require specific support and interventions are having their needs met. With regards to the SEN budget, any decisions made are done so in collaboration with the Deputy Head for SEN, the Head teacher and school Governors.

  1. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child receives?

On entry into Year 7, students will complete baseline tests and Cognitive Ability Tests to identify those who may need additional support. This information is used by the SENCO and key members of staff, who then make a decision on the appropriate type of support that is needed. This may include small group intervention, 1:1 literacy or numeracy coaching, specialist outreach support or pastoral support. This is a fluid process which benefits from continued monitoring. Interventions are regularly assessed to ensure that the appropriate level of support is maintained. The progress of all pupils is tracked closely throughout the academic year.

  1. How are parents involved in the school? How can I be involved?

Before a child begins Year 7, parents are requested to attend an ‘Open Evening' prior to the September start. 

Parents are invited to annual Parent’s Evenings to meet with their child’s teachers to discuss progress. For students with SEND, parents can contact the college’s SENCO to discuss any specific concerns they may have. In addition to this, there may be the opportunity to seek election as a Parent Governor or to join the Parents Teacher Association.

  1. Who can I contact for further information?

For further information, parents are encouraged to contact school and /or visit the school website for further information.

The SENCO is Miss S.McDonald and she can be contacted via the college’s main telephone number.

The Local Offer can be found on the website as part of the Family Services


Contact Name
Miss S.McDonald
Contact Telephone
0151 288 1000
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Young Adults (16 to 25)
Secondary (11 to 16)
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