Notre Dame Catholic College
and Sixth Form


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at Notre Dame Catholic College.

Supporting our pupils

At Notre Dame Catholic College, we believe that all pupils, no matter their indivdiual needs, are entitled to a first class and inclusive education that allows them to flourish and grow into the society of tomorrow.

We believe that by opening their hearts and minds through a love of education that they themselves will be able to open the doors to the future.

Our team is committed to supporting all individual needs and in line with the Liverpool City Council Graduated Approach to SEND, we have a tiered approach to our support.

Please have a look around this page to learn more about SEND at Notre Dame Catholic College.


Our SEND Team Members

Mr McVerry (SENCO)

I joined Notre Dame Catholic College in February 2020. 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, but if you need any further support, please do not hesitate to contact me (

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.

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.

SEND Newsletter Issue 1 2020 – 2021

SEND Newsletter Issue 2 2020 – 2021

SEND Newsletter Issue 3 2020 – 2021

SEND Newsletter Issue 4 2020 – 2021

Flourish Resourced Based Provision

SEND Local Offer Liverpool’s Early Help

Our SEND Policies

Notre Dame Catholic College SEND Policy 2020/2021

Notre Dame Catholic College SEND infomation Report 2019/2020

Note Dame Catholic College SEND Accessibility Plan

SEND Support Structure

At Notre Dame Catholic College, we have a dedicated team that are in place to support our pupils. This includes three specialist teachers, Higher Level Teaching Assistants and Learning Support Assistants.

As a team, we believe that the pupil, your child, is at the centre of everything we do. Any member of the team can offer support and this is the way that we work here at Notre Catholic College, in a joined up way and in partnership with families.

Our team can be contacted directly through the Classcharts App or web browser and they will be more than happy to work with you and your child during the school day.

Alongside our team in school, we work with external agencies very closely. This includes our Educational Psychologist, Dr. Victoria Tyrer-Davies from Flying Colours Educational Psychology.

For more information, please visit her website

Tiered Approach to SEND
at Notre Dame Catholic College

At Notre Dame Catholic College, we believe in an inclusive and stretching approach to teaching. Pupils who have identified SEND needs are, as per the Code of Practice 2015, entitled to ‘inclusive education of disabled children and young people and the progressive removal of barriers to learning and participation in mainstream education’ (SEND Code of Practice 2015, p.25).

As a school we are committed to providing the very best education for all of our pupils, no matter their needs and we work to make adjustments to our own practice to enable the pupils to have access to an education within a mainstream setting.

Within this are four tiers of education within the school, which are detailed in the diagram below. This is a fluid system of education, that enables pupils to move from each strand without any significant impact upon their education, but which will increase or decrease the amount of support that is provided.

We are also committed to making sure that all statutory duties and expectations within EHCPs are met in full and we work with external agencies and professional to ensure joined up thinking, enabling pupils to work towards their stretching, yet achievable outcomes.

At any point within the school journey of a child, we are committed to meeting their needs and working with parents and carers to refer pupils for a specific diagnosis should this be the case. At this point interventions will be put into place to support the child within the classroom and the wider school environment.

Year 7 Provision (Sunflower)

Pupils in Years 7, who are within a Sunflower/Nurture Provision study a wide range of subjects and get their full entitlement to all subject areas. These groups are taught by a small number of teachers, with support of the subject specialists. Our team of teachers are primary and SEND trained


Year 8 Provision (Sunflower)

Some pupils require further support in Years 8 and remain within our specialist teaching group. They continue study a wide range of subjects and get their full entitlement to all subject areas. s. Our team of teachers are primary and SEND trained.

Academic Pathways Notre Dame Catholic College

At Notre Dame Catholic College we believe in providing our pupils with every opportunity to undertake a full curriculum offer and support pupils as they journey through the school. Below is a visual of a childs potential journey through the school, but this is also based on their indvidual needs.

 Flourish Resourced Based Provison

Notre Dame Catholic College has this year been commissioned by Liverpool Local Authority to host a Resourced Based Provision within the main body of our school.

Our resourced based provision is named ‘Flourish @ Notre Dame Catholic College’. All of the pupils who will be within the provision will have an EHCP and have difficulties in Social Communication and Interaction and have a diagnosis of Autism. In the first year the provision will be set up for a maximum of eight pupils, supported by three members of staff. This will mean that the maximum ratio of staff to pupils will be 3:8, which will create a highly supportive environment on which positive relationships will be built. When placing pupils, we carefully consider the needs of the pupils and whether they can be met here at Notre Dame Catholic College, working with families to make sure that they are happy with the offer and support that will be in place.

Pupils will be taught within a specialist Classroom that has direct access to our state-of-the-art Sensory Room.

All pupils will be provided with an individual workstation that they will have ownership of, but will also provide them with their own space for self-regulation and quiet working when it is needed.

There will be opportunities to use the group table for larger discussions or work that is delivered to the whole group. With the ratio of staff to pupils and a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) in the room, smaller group sessions can be delivered to the pupils when needed.

Pupils individual needs would be catered for as detailed in their EHCP and the commissioning of services (Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychologist) would be something that the school would put into place through consultation with the Local Authority.

There is also an area for the development of life skills within the room and space for sensory diets and activities to take place within the classroom.

Pupils within the resourced based provision would also have direct access to our new Sensory Room and would have this resource as and when it is needed to support their individual needs, please see the images below of our sensory room.

Admissions to the Flourish Provision are led by the Local Authority. Notre Dame Catholic College will respond to any request for a place based on whether needs can or cannot be met. Careful consideration of the setting’s response is given by Liverpool City Council and they will notify the setting of the placement allocation with a confirmation email.  Until the receipt of the confirmation email, no allocation will have been made.

If you would like to come and visit then please do not hestitate to contact our SENCO, Mr McVerry (





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The Sensory Room

The Sensory Room is a new addition to the supportive measures that we have developed here at Notre Dame Catholic College and it is with thanks to The Spirit of Shankly and The Fans Supporting Food banks that we have been able to develop such and amazing space for our pupils.

The rooms is tailored to the needs of the pupils and allows them to control the rooms lighting to suit their individual needs.

The room contains lighting, soft areas and also an interactive floor projector that links up with apps that again can tailor the expewreince for our pupils.


The Base

The Base is our supportive room that has been developed to support pupils. The room works in a number of ways;

1) To hold our in house interventions for literacy and numeracy

2) To support pupils with reintegration into school  and provide a safe space

3) To support pupils in school when they become deregulated and anxious

Please click on the links below to explore our in house Literacy and Numeracy Intervnetion and also our Reasonable Adjustments Infomation Pack.