At St Alphonsus’ School, we have high aspirations of all children with no exception for children with special educational needs and disabilities. They are valued members of their community. Our vision for each child is to fulfil their potential through enjoying, achieving and celebrating their learning through a quality education matched appropriately to their particular needs.


Middlesbrough’s SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is provided by local charity Barnardos.

SENDIASS at Barnardos offers free, confidential and impartial help for children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities, and their parents. The service is there to help you make informed decisions around educational choices for children and young people with SEN. They will also offer help and support with related issues, such as health and social care provision, wherever possible.

It’s very important that families are fully involved in their child’s education. SENDIASS supports parents and carers in building and maintaining positive relationships with their child’s school and the Local Education Authority, so they feel empowered and fully informed.

Children and young people can also contact us directly, and are entitled to independent access to the free, confidential and impartial service provided by SENDIASS.

Useful Links

The following links may prove helpful and provide information regarding any help or assistance you may require regarding children with Special Educational Needs.



Middlesbrough Local Authority – SEN

The SEND Assessment Team 0-25 deals with many aspects relating to inclusive education.

Middlesbrough Local Offer

Middlesbrough’s Local Offer supports children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged 0–25 and their families.

Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)

IPSEA offers independent legally based advice, support and training to help get the right education for children and young people with special educational needs.

Special Needs Jungle

Special Needs Jungle creates easy to understand resources, articles and information for parents and carers of children with special needs, disabilities and health conditions to better enable them to navigate the special needs system.

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