Special Educational Needs & Disability

'Every teacher is a teacher of every child or young person including those with Special Educational Needs and Disability'.

Key staff with responsibility for SEND:


Mr McVerry (SENCO)

I only joined Notre Dame after the February half term, so four weeks before the lockdown. I came from working at the largest special school in Liverpool that catered for the needs of 260 students aged 3 to 19 who had a diagnosis of Autism. I spent nearly 10 years in the school working as a Teaching Assistant, Teacher, Head of Middle School and Deputy Head Teacher.

My passion is equality and making sure that all students have access to a curriculum that meets their needs, but prepares them for the future and being able to do all the things that everyone dreams of. I like to base everything I do on research, but also like to try new things and test whether they work or not.

I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs and Disability and also a Postgraduate Certificate in Careers Leadership and I want to use both of these to enable all of our young people with SEND to believe in themselves and be able to hold down a job in the future.

I do not like the word disability as to me it makes me think of things that do not work, I believe that we are all different and that everyone has their talents and skills. Yes, some people need extra support, but what drives me on is the belief that those skills and talents that people possess could one day find a cure for a rare disease or invent something that will change the world.

I hope to meet many more of you in the future and next year I hope to offer parent workshops, training and coffee mornings to meet many more of you and offer support.

Mrs Sweeney (Assistant SENCO)

Hi, my name is Mrs Sweeney and I am the Assistant SENCO here at Notre Dame. I qualified as a PE teacher in 2006 and got my first teaching job at Notre Dame. I currently teach Health and Social Care to key stage 4 and 5 students and I completed the National SENCO Award in 2014. I enjoy working with all of the students and believe that they should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and aspirations regardless of their needs and ability. I have the pleasure of working with families and students and hope that I am able to provide them with the help and support that they need. I look forward to working with more of you in the future alongside Mr McVerry.

Our approach to SEND support at Notre Dame Catholic College


At Notre Dame Catholic College, we believe that all students have the potential to achieve something that is personal to them and that it is our responsibility to harness the talents of individuals and meet their needs in the most creative and bespoke way that we can possible. We approach SEND support using the windscreen model that the Local Authority has produced. This is a graduated approach to support and we are committed to trying every strategy we possibly can at each point on the windscreen and using strong multi agency approaches to all support. At all points we include the family in decision making and listen to the voice of the child.

If you do have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact Mr. McVerry, our  SENCO (amcverry@notredame.liverpool.sch.uk) or Mrs. Sweeney, our Assistant SENCO (sweeneyk@notredame.liverpool.sch.uk)

Our SEND Padlet Site

We have created a lot of resources that will benefit our students during the Covid-19 Pandemic, but these will also support pupils and their families well beyond this. Our Padlet contain all of the resources that we have produced in one place. You can access the Padlet through the link below and it will either open in the Padlet App, which you can download from the Playstore (Android) or the AppStore (Apple) or alternatively you can open it in your browser on your phone, tablet or computer.


Year 6 Transition

We know that moving to year 6 can be a very difficult time and we know that the current pandemic does not help the stress and anxieties that come with this. We have produced a number of resources to support the pupils during this time and before they join us at Notre Dame. Please click the links below to access the documents.


1) SEND Transition Booklet

2) Welcome to year 6 social story

3) Stress and anxieties worksheet for transition

Covid-19 Social Stories

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have produced a number of social stories. These are about a range of topics and can be adapted to suit the needs of all our students.


1) Coronavirus Social story

2) Isolation Social Story

3) Key Worker Social Story

4) The Easing of Lockdown Social Story

5) Fake News Social Story

6) The Strange Return to School Social Story

7) Stress and Anxiety during Covid-19

Stress and Anxiety book

We have produced this stress and anxiety book to help all of our Notre Dame family. This has been posted to all students or sent through Classcharts, but you can download it if you click here or directly from the Padlet site.

Contact Us


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Headteacher: Mr P Duffy

Tel: 0151 330 5122

Email: ao@notredame.liverpool.sch.uk

Notre Dame Catholic College

180 Great Homer Street, Liverpool

L5 5AF