SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)

Ilminster Av. Specialist classes offers places to children from 2 years old up to Year 2 who have a wide variety of needs, associated with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), there are 29 funded SEND places throughout our setting which can be applied for through Bristol City Council. From autism, global delay, to multiple complex health and care needs, such as cerebral palsy, we provide small, specialist learning environment – alongside our mainstream Nursery – which meets not only their education but also medical, social and care needs. As we are also a nursery school there are daily opportunities to be part of inclusive activities with their mainstream peers.

We have a dedicated SENDCo called Morgan Hardy who works with all therapists and class teachers to provide the best possible education for your children with SEND.

My name is Morgan, and I am the Assistant Head and Special Educational Needs & Disability Coordinator (SENDCo) for Ilminster. I have worked in a range of settings from Nurseries to Post 16 in both mainstream and specialist schools.

I had the pleasure of joining Ilminster nearly two years ago as a teacher in Class 5, before joining the leadership team. During my time here I have been impressed with the sense of community and pride that staff and parents have for Ilminster and I am thankful to have been welcomed in as a part of this. If you see my around the school or in the car park during pick up/drop off time please say ‘Hello’. 


We have a highly skilled and experienced staff team who are trained to deal with complex medical needs, as well as use many additional means of communication in order to meet our students needs e.g. Makaton signing and PECS (Picture Exchange System). Using a Total Communication approach, and working alongside other professional – such as physiotherapists, Speech & Language Therapists, and Occupational Therapist – our curriculum is very child-centred and skill based, which helps our students to become as independent as they possibly can be. We pride ourselves on our happy welcoming atmosphere that enables the children to feel secure and valued, and support them to grow and progress as lifelong learners.

For more information, please read about our Soft play and Sensory activities and facilities.

As part of the Children’s and Families Bill 2014 all educational settings are required to make available their Local SEND Offer to families which details how they support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

The Specialist Nursery School promotes a coherent approach to multi-agency working, ensuring that provision for families supports an inclusive approach. Ilminster Avenue Specialist Nursery School has the capacity, skills and commitment to support early years settings in the area to improve the quality of learning and teaching, through the development and delivery of a high quality provision for all children who are disabled or have special educational needs, aged 0-8 years.

Please download our Ilminster Avenue SEND Offer.