St. Leonard's CEP Academy

"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it" Proverb 22:6

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

St. Leonards CE Primary Academy is an inclusive school with a strong commitment to meeting the needs of all our children. We believe that, within our school community, we provide a place where all members are respected, safe and made to feel valued. The staff at St Leonards provide a high quality education for all pupils and promote a love of learning. We work hard to meet the needs of all children and celebrate their individual and collective achievements.


The SEND team

Our Lead SENCO at St. Leonards CE Primary Academy is Mrs Sarah MacKinnon.




"Hello and welcome to St Leonards CE Primary Academy. I have had the privilege of being Lead SENCO at the school for the past five years and am proud of the progress we continue to make in supporting children with additional needs. I am passionate about ensuring that children feel safe and respected at St Leonards and about working in partnership with children and their parents/carers to understand and meet their individual needs."


Our SENCO, Miss Nikita Primmett, is currently on maternity leave. Mrs Anne Burns, Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), provides speech and language support across the school and Mrs Mandy Ward provides administration support to the SEND team. Our pastoral officer, Teresa Paterson, also works closely alongside the team.




What do our children say?

We regularly ask the children for their views and opinions on our school. Here is what the children with additional needs had to say about our school in December 2023.


What are the best things about our school?


What makes you feel safe at school?


East Sussex Local Offer

The Local Offer is the services and support available for children and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) up to the age of 25, and their families.


You can find out more about what services and support is available in East Sussex via the Local Offer website:


SEND policy and information report

Please click on the links below to read our SEND policy and information report for 2023-24.


Useful links

If you live in East Sussex and you’re worried about managing your child’s behaviour, supporting their development or their emotional wellbeing or you want support and advice to help build a positive relationship with your child, Open for Parents can help.


CLASS+ works across East Sussex to support families/carers of Autistic children and young people. This includes those on the diagnosis pathway.

CLASS+ provide advice and support that:

  • Enables families/carers to develop their knowledge and understanding of Autism
  • Helps families/carers develop their confidence around how to best to support their neurodiverse child
  • Allows families/carers to build on their child’s strengths, confidence, and self-esteem


The East Sussex School Health Team focus on promoting the health and wellbeing of all school-aged children from four years upwards. They provide advice and support on a wide range of issues, including sleep, toileting, behaviour and emotional wellbeing.


Education Futures Trust provides high quality and innovative support and learning to children and families in Hastings and the surrounding area. They run a range of free courses for adults, families and children, including creative courses and educational courses, such as the "Understanding Autism" course.