St Andrew's C of E Primary Academy

Inspiring children to achieve their personal best

SEND Parent Information and Support

Our SENCo is Mrs Norman.

Please feel free to contact her via the following email address


alternatively, feel free to contact the school office to make an appointment. 



Please note, that any new information will be dated and added to the top of this page. 

School SEND Information Report December 23

Canonium Learning Trust Inclusion Policy

ACL Families and SEND Support Courses

Meow Cat Cafe Essex

A cat cafe offering a relaxing and inclusive space.


How it can help

The Meow Cat Cafe provides a safe and relaxing space to be around cats. They also provide sessions for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


Opening hours

Monday: 10:30-18:00

Tuesday: 11:30-19:15

Wednesday: 9:30-17:00

Thursday: 9:30-20:30

Friday: 9:30-20:30

Saturday: 9:30-18:00

Sunday: 9:30-15:30


Opening Hours

ASD sessions - Saturday mornings and Monday afternoons


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Childhood Neurodiversity Parent workshops


Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust are running a series of workshops for parents and carers. These cover a range of different topics including childhood neurodiversity, supporting young people with anxiety and understanding the adolescent brain. 


Workshops are held online and are free to join. You do not need to be a resident of Norfolk or Suffolk. Tickets can be booked via the Eventbrite website.  

Online safety for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families 


The NSPCC have partnered with Ambitious about Autism to bring online safety tips, advice and activities specifically for parents and carers of children with SEND. 


They have created a number of activities to help with talking about online safety including online friendships and sharing personal details. 


To find out more, visit the NSPCC website.  


Say hello to... MAZE

Find out more about The Maze Group.


Tell us about what you do:

We provide specialist support for parents and carers of neurodiverse children and young people. We do this via our weekly specialist parenting groups, our monthly drop-in coffee mornings, online groups and webinars. We have lots of free videos. We also work with a range of professionals who can advise. These include our specialist 1 to 1 emotional wellbeing support for parents/carers and young people.


What would you like families and young people to know?

All our services are free to those in NE Essex, but anyone can access our support from outside this area. We are a community of parent/carers supporting other parent/carers. So, we all have our own lived experiences to share to help others on their journey.


What do you enjoy most about your job?

We love meeting and helping people. Especially when we know that families have gone on to thrive and get good outcomes for their young people as a result of Maze's support. We love it when families come back to see us after many years to tell us how things turned out for them.


How can families find out more?

We have made sure that the MAZE website is easy to use and that it contains all of the information that you will need to start with.


You can also follow us on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube where we share lots of information and free videos.

Supporting your neurodiverse child- Essex family forum supportive document for parents and carers of SEND


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Peer Educator Programme-support parents and carers of autistic children

New Inclusive Play space at Stanway Lakelands Centre

Overview of SEND Support Stages

Useful Links to parent support websites and documentation

SENDIAS Information Poster

Essex Educational Psychologist- A guide for parents

InterAct Colchester Club- Copford Village Hall

Self regulation coping strategies

Zones of Regulation