Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

All children and young people with SEND are valued, respected and equal members of the school. The school seeks to raise the achievement, remove barriers to learning and increase physical and curricular access for all.

A person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. At compulsory school age this means he or she has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others the same age, or, has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.
— 2014 SEN Code of Practice

Our SEND team

Our SEND provision

All pupils have the entitlement to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. All pupils with SEND are taught for most of the week with their peers in mainstream classes by class teachers and study the curriculum appropriate for their age. All teaching and support staff are aware of the School Local Offer and in their planning and teaching they strive to:

  • Provide suitable learning challenges

  • Meet the pupils’ diverse learning needs

  • Remove the barriers to learning and assessment

With advice from and the support of the SENCO teachers match the learning to the needs and abilities of the pupils. They use a range of strategies to develop the pupils’ knowledge,understanding and skills. Where appropriate, materials are modified or support is provided to enable pupils with SEND to access the learning or the assessment processes.

There are four broad categories of SEN:

  • communication and interaction

  • cognition and learning

  • social, emotional and mental health ( behaviour is defined as an underlying response to a need)

  • physical and sensory

The school believes that all parents of children with SEND should be treated as equal partners. The school has positive attitudes to parents, provides user-friendly information and strives to ensure that they understand the procedures and are aware of how to access advice. Parents will be supported and empowered to:

  • Recognise and fulfil their responsibilities as parents/carers and play an active and valued role in their child’s education

  • Have knowledge of their child’s entitlement within the SEND framework

  • Make their views known about how their child is educated

  • Have access to information, advice and support during assessment and any related decision making processes about special educational provision

In our school this takes the form of:

  • Termly parent/carer and class teacher consultations

  • Open door policy – phone calls or appointments to see staff outside school hours after making an appointment

  • Meetings with medical staff when appropriate

You can click on the following links to see our latest SEND Information Report and SEN Policy