Welcome to our pages dedicated to supporting families of children with additional needs. At Moorside we aim to provide an inclusive educational experience for all our pupils. Here you can find out more about how, together, we support all our children to achieve their full potential.

Our SENDCo is Miss Alison Lay. She can be contacted on 01524 66516 and [email protected].

Our graduated responseMeet Miss Lay here, talking about the graduated response we follow for children’s needs in school.

Our weekly Wellbeing Cafe is hosted by Miss Lay and Mrs Lisa Newton, our Pastoral Support Manager. The Wellbeing Cafe is on Wednesday mornings from 8.50am-9.30am. Everyone is welcome, just call into the office and someone will direct you.

Every year we update our SEND policy, our SEND information report (about the implementation of our policy) and our local offer (how we support children to to achieve their full potential). 

If you would like further information about Lancashire’s information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families you can find it here at their local offer.

The Family Information Network Directory (FIND) Newsletter shares upcoming events, online resources, interesting articles for all ages and covers a wide range of varying needs. The most recent newsletters can be found here.


Useful Links

NHS Local information newsletter packed with SEND friendly activities around Lancaster, support groups, resources and other links to support families of children with a range of additional needs.

Lancashire’s SEND Information, Advice and Support (SENDIAS) Team offers free Zoom sessions. Details can be found on their website.

Autism Support Hub with access to free parent support programme.

Speech and Language Drop-in Service. 

For help with parenting support and advice, supporting your child through difficult times and access to the Triple P programme visit this website.

The Incredible Years is a group for parents/carers of children with challenging behaviour, including ADHD.


Frequently asked questions

Please bear with us as we work through these questions. When there is further information, the question will become a link. In the meantime, please email the SENDCo if you have any queries.


About my child

My child is struggling with learning. What can I do to help?

I don’t think my child’s speech and language is progressing as I would expect. How can I help my child?

I’m worried about my child’s wellbeing. Who can I contact for advice?

What can I expect if a concern has been identified?

My child is always well behaved at school but at home they can be challenging. Why?

My child is asking questions about their identity.



About me and my family

My circumstances have changed and I need some help.

We didn’t use phonics at school. How can I help my child?

I’m not confident with maths. How can I help my child?

How can my child get free school meals?

My child has an identified special need. Where can I find help or support?

English is not my first language. How can you help me?

How do I know if my child is suitable for the Grammar School?