Every child at Cottesmore St Mary, with all their individual needs and gifts, is seen as a unique gift from God. Everyone at the school is committed to meeting the pastoral, social and academic needs of each child and it is seen as part of the Catholic life of the school community. Children with Additional Educational Needs are valued, respected and entitled to develop to their full potential, irrespective of need. We strive to identify children with Additional Educational Needs as soon as possible so that we can make learning a happy and successful experience. We believe that support is likely to be more effective if both pupils and parents are involved and hold regular meetings and forums with families. We are also fortunate to have a specialist Numbers Count trained staff who are able to support children learning the fundamental concepts in maths. Children benefit greatly from the small group work offered and go on to make great progress.
Brighton and Hove is a rich and culturally diverse city and we are enriched by the many families in our school community for whom English is an Additional Language. We are able to support any child learning the English language through the way we teach and with one to one programmes and small group interventions. We celebrate the languages spoken and all diversity in our school through celebration assemblies and class work.
Information for Parents from the Brighton and Hove Inclusion Support Service (click the image to view pdf)
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Covibook resources for children and families with English and an Additional Language and Bilingual families.
School Nurse Health Advice
At Cottesmore we work closely with the School Nursing team. The School Nurse attached to our school is Hili Blue Pate. The service includes advice on Health Eating, Dental Hygiene, Continence (including day and night wetting) and Sleep. Please contact Anna Mullans who can put you in touch with this service.
Health and Eating
Pupil Premium Funding
Would you like a £50 towards an afterschool club, free breakfast club, a free uniform from the SOCs swap shop, and heavily subsided music tuition from the Brighton and Hove Music School? If so did you know that just registering for Free School meals if you are eligible means that the school gets extra money that can be used for intervention or enrichment activities for your child.
All children in the infants now receive a free school meal daily, but if you qualify for Free School meals using the criteria below, then do please fill in the forms as this will entitle your child all the benefits mentioned above.
Just because you are registered for free school meals, doesn't mean you have to stop having packed lunches if that's what your child prefers.
Register now to make sure your child does not miss out!
Click here to see if you are eligable for Pupil Premium funding: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/children-and-education/schools/free-school-meals
Keeping you informed
We work closely with pupils, parents, carers and families. We take time to listen to concerns. We put the child at the centre of our work and consider this when planning ways forward. We use Provision maps, which are documents that detail the additional provision your child will receive. We use out assessments and knowledge of each child to create an individual plan.
We welcome families into school to discuss any questions or concerns about your child’s progress. Please speak to your child’s teacher to arrange a suitable time. If you would like to meet with our Inclusion Coordinator, Mrs Anna Mullans please contact the office or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Inclusion Newsletter Summer Term 2019
Inclusion Newsletter Spring Term 2019
Inclusion Newsletter Autumn Term 2018
Inclusion Newsletter Summer Term 2018
Inclusion Newsletter Spring Term 2018
Inclusion Newsletter Autumn Term 2017
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SEND Information report 2018-2019
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What is the Local Offer?
The LA Local Offer:
The Children and Families Bill became enacted in 2014. From this date, Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.
The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
Further information about Brighton and Hove’s Local Offer can be found here:
Further information about Cottesmore St Mary School's Local Offer can be found here:
Cottesmore St Mary is an Attachment Aware school. Click here to find out more.
Practical and emotional support for families (23/03/20)
TRIPLE P Courses - Information
Supporting your child at Home - Working Memory
Supporting your child at Home - Supporting resilience
Supporting your child at Home - Fine Motor Skills and Handwriting
Supporting your child at Home - Supporting a child who is anxious
Information for Young Carers
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POSITIVE PARENTING TALKS
Ever wondered why children behave the way they do? Would you like some tips on how to build your children’s confidence? Are you juggling work and family? Then why not attend one of the ‘Small Changes, Big Differences’ workshops being run by Brighton and Hove Council’s parenting team.
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Amaze gives information, advice and support to parents of children with special needs and disabilities in Brighton & Hove. They work to empower parents to help their children live fully socially included lives.
SEND Information Report 2018/19
School Counselling Service Letter
School Counselling Referral Form
Equalities Leaflet March 2016
Young Carers Leaflet
Welcome to the Autumn edition of the ‘Safety Rocks’ newsletter for parents and carers to keep you up to date with safety and well-being issues for children in Brighton & Hove. This edition focusses on anti-bullying week with the message “all different, all equal”. There are articles, a story for you to share with your children, a competition for children to enter and a survey for parents, to let us know what you think.
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Safety Rocks Newsletter Spring 2020
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Safety Net Information
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