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. Please also read our SEND Policy for additional information.

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

Merton Local Offer

Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (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. Hughes


Intervention programs


New for 2021

We are pleased to offer  Nessy Reading and Spelling to our families and pupils in Years One to Six.

To access our login area for Nessy use the Secret Word sent to you at:


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


English and Reading InterventionsMath Interventions

Speech and Language


Emotional and Social Support GroupsFine Motor Skills Interventions

Nessy Reading and Spelling


Fluency Reading Intervention


Write Away Together


Phonics groups


Reading Booster groups


Inference Training


Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar groups


Perceptual Reading Program






Numicon support


5 minute box


Booster groups (Key Stage One and Two)





Rock Stars

Attention Bucket


Targeted Language Groups


The Communication Cookbook SL&C games


Speech and Language support



Social Communication groups


Lego Groups

ELSA: Emotional Literacy Support Assistants


Nurture groups


Social-skills or Lego-group


Emotional Wellbeing Practitioner (through school or self referral)

Pegs to Paper




(Key Stage One)


Handwriting groups


Speed Up! 

Kinaesthetic programme for fluent handwriting


Occupational Therapy Program support (As appropriate via NHS)


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 gained accreditation at the supportive level.

Merton Kids First
A range of parent workshops are being held at the Chaucer Centre (Morden) by 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. 

How Can Specialists Help Me?

This is "How Can Specialists Help Me - Advice for Children and Young People (WSS)" by NASEN on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos. Click here to watch the advice to young people about who may support them in school.


Merton Autism Parent Service (MAPS)

MAPS is a listening, support, information and advice service for parents of 0 – 25 year olds with a diagnosis of autism or who are likely to receive a diagnosis (e.g. referred for an assessment).

MAPS will talk to you in a confidential and informal session. When attending MAPS you will meet a Parent Advisor (who also has a child or young person with autism) and a member of MAPS staff. The MAPS team has been trained to offer a range of evidence-based strategies – this means that the tools and information they give you have been tried and tested and are approved by professionals in the field.

MAPS offer advice on communication, challenging behaviours, self-harming, sleep issues, anxiety and many other challenges that arise. MAPS are family-centered and will listen to you.

If you would like further information on the MAPS service or to make contact with the team please follow the link here;

SEND Events 2021

Sensory libraries are OPEN. All of children's libraries in Merton have unique themes with sensory equipment and specialist SEND book stock, specially adapted toys and equipment that can be borrowed. In addition to this we have an exciting programme of SEND events/activities available. Booking for all of our SEND events is required via

Family Information Service Hubs 

Launching in October 2020, parents and carers of young people aged 0- 19 (25 for children with SEND) can arrange to speak with an Early Help Support Coordinator to gain information, advice and guidance around the following  topics;

  • child development
  • living with teenagers
  • work and training
  • money, housing and benefits
  • finding childcare
  • accessing local support services …. and much more!

Sessions must be booked in advance by visiting the following links:

Church Road Children’s Centre (Monday afternoons)    

Acacia Children’s Centre (Wednesday mornings)