The Sherwood


Inspire, Learn, Grow

Inclusion and SEND

Inclusion at The Sherwood

At The Sherwood, we aim to provide a high quality education for all children. We believe that all children are entitled to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum. We encourage all pupils to reach their full potential, including those with particular strengths or a special educational need.


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

At The Sherwood, the emphasis is on a whole school approach. We welcome pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and meet their needs in a positive manner. SEND may be identified before entry or once the pupil is attending school, when a parent or a member of staff may identify them. These needs are discussed with parents, in confidence, at the earliest opportunity.


Children who are identified are supported in school through the creation of a personalised SEN Support Plan which will help them meet their identified targets. The plan is reviewed each term. The school works in partnership with parents to support a pupil’s development and address his or her needs to enable the pupil to achieve his or her potential. Extra support is provided when necessary, and in some cases, with parents’ consent, the school involves outside agencies to provide additional support.

Please read our School Information Report document as this answers any questions that you may have about how your child's learning, physical or emotional needs are supported by staff at The Sherwood. It tells you who to talk to and what support is in place to support your child. This document is located at the bottom of this page. Please also read our SEND Policy for additional information.

For information regarding Merton's Local Offer, please click here

Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) is Mrs Hughes. Please make an appointment with your child's class teacher or directly with Mrs Hughes if you have any concerns about your child's progress.

020 8764 5100

Mrs M. Hughes

Intervention programmes

A range of intervention programmes are available to help your child reach their full potential. These include:



Write Away Together (KS2)

Phonological Awareness Training: PAT (Key Stage 2)

Phonic groups

Reading groups

Booster groups

Inference Training (Hodder)

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar groups




Booster groups (Key Stage 1 and 2)



Emotional support

ELSA: Emotional Literacy Support Assistants
Social skills group


Speech and Language

Speech and Language support individually and as part of a small group

Language groups 

Concept Cat

Social Communication groups

Lego Therapy


Fine motor skills

Teodorescu (Key Stage 1)

Handwriting groups


Primary Talk

Being a good communicator in primary school is key to the development of a child's learning and thinking skills as well as social and emotional wellbeing. We are a communication friendly school and recognise the importance of high quality teaching which focuses on helping children to understand and develop their own language skills. We have recently gained accreditation at the supportive level.

Merton Kids First
A range of parent workshops are being held at the Chaucer Centre (Morden) over the next term by the Kids First team. The attached Kids First newsletters below explain what is on offer for this term. Please book ahead as some courses prove to be very busy.


ADHD Support for parents 

Resources and teaching sessions from professionals and parents recommended to Merton parents.