Alresford Primary School

Headteacher: Sarah Bryson

Ford Lane, Colchester, Essex CO7 8AU

01206 822731

Special Educational Needs

Carolyn Panting is our SENCO, if you wish to discuss your child's needs or provision with her then please make an appointment at the office or she can be contacted on her work email:


COMING SOON... We will be running parent drop-in coffee mornings in conjunction with MTEP. Please see details below or on the Newsletter for upcoming events and topics. 

Parent Coffee Mornings:  

We are really lucky to have the expertise of two Family Support Workers from MTEP coming into school to run coffee mornings and drop-ins alongside Miss Panting (SENCO). We are going to start with monthly meetings and gauge popularity from there. Each coffee morning will have a focus but also have time to chat, meet other parents and ask any questions or request guidance. The dates are as follows:  

  • Friday, October 21st at 9:30am – Supporting learning at home 
  • Friday, November 18th at 9:30am - Routines & Boundaries (to include bedtime and toilet routines). 
  • Friday, December 9th at 9:30am - Neurodiversity topics Autism, ADHD, PDA & other support & 12 tips for Christmas & survival guide. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 ***Great News!*** 

We are so proud to have achieved ELKLAN Communication Friendly Status. All of our staff attended specialist training and we were awarded our certificates in July 2022. Miss Panting and Mrs Wright are our school Communication Champion Leads. We are all proud to promote speech, language and communication across the school. 

Talking Point:

2022 brings a new feature to the school newsletter. We are going to be adding a 'Talking Point' about inclusion and/or SEND once a month. September will see the month of Youth Mental Health Awareness. Keep an eye on the school newsletter for the Talking Point Challenge!

Below are some helpful links to support September's topic:

Five ways to support children’s mental health - BBC Bitesize

Child mental health: recognising and responding to issues | NSPCC Learning

Helping your children with a mental health problem - Mind

stem4 - supporting teenage mental health 

Children's mental health - Every Mind Matters - NHS ( 

Resources for supporting children: