St Nicholas CE Primary School provides for children with a wide range of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) including those with:
We are a mainstream primary school with 94 pupils and we have 25% of pupils with SEND.
Our special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCo) is: Mrs Patricia Chandler.
She can be contacted through the office phone on: 01235 763858, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our SEN policy can be found on the school website under policies.
Our Equality Scheme and Accessibility Plan can also be found on the school website.
Our school uses Oxfordshire County Council’s guidance ‘Identifying and supporting Special Educational Needs in Oxfordshire schools and settings’.
The guidance sets out:
We will always contact parents if we have a concern about a child at school. We work closely with children with SEND and their families to agree how best to support them to achieve at school. We then review and monitor their progress in termly meetings, progress meetings and at parent consultation evenings.
We offer an exciting and creative curriculum for all children including those with SEND. We adapt this for children with SEN and disabled children to ensure they are included.
The teachers at St Nicholas CE Primary School differentiate the curriculum by adapting the lessons to make sure all children have challenging work at their level, and all receive quality teaching. There are teaching assistants in each class to support the teaching of all pupils.
Specific support for pupils with SEND varies for each individual child but could include:
All teachers continually develop their practice and work closely with the SENCo to ensure pupils receive appropriate support.
There are members of staff who have trained at a specialist level in literacy, reading, phonics, Maths and First Aid.
Teaching Assistants are trained to support the particular needs of the children they work with, and have regular opportunities to develop their role. Our SEND governor takes a keen interest in the welfare of all pupils including those with SEND.
We also have access to a range of specialist support services including
Information about these services and what they offer can be found on the Oxfordshire County Council SEN web pages:
We always discuss the involvement of specialist SEN services with parents first.
We also work with other services and organisations that are involved with a family, with the family’s permission.
Your child’s progress is tracked each term by the class teacher against age related expectations. (How your child is doing compared to other children of the same age). If there are any concerns this is discussed with the SENCo head teacher and parents, and any additional support is put into place. This is regularly assessed, monitored and evaluated to check it is helping the pupil.
Where possible we support all pupils in class, occasionally groups of pupils need special intervention programmes to address similar needs or gaps in their learning. We assess how successful they have been and use that information to decide on how best to run them in the future.
All children and young people are included in activities and trips following risk assessments where needed and in accordance with duties under the Equalities Act 2010. We talk to parents and young people when planning trips so that everyone is clear about what will happen.
There is information about activities and events for disabled children and those with SEN in Oxfordshire in the Family Information Directory:
Oxfordshire’s accessibility strategy can be read at:
All children have the opportunity to share their views through pupil leaders, with their teacher, during class discussions and assemblies.
We take bullying very seriously. We help to prevent bullying of children/young people with SEN by having:
If a child reports any bullying, the class teacher and member of the senior leadership team will take it seriously, and talk to all involved. We will monitor the situation to ensure it is stopped straight away. If a parent feels their child is being bullied they must report it to the class teacher straight away, we will then investigate and report back any actions we have taken.
All new pupils are invited for transition visits and induction sessions with the opportunity to talk to the class teacher and meet other pupils. If there are specific SEND needs these can be shared with the teacher and SENCo and any additional support can be arranged. We make sure we have all school records and have spoken to the previous school if appropriate.
At the end of the school, year all information is shared with the next class teacher, files and information are passed on.
For pupils in Year 6, the transition to secondary school is carefully managed and overseen by the SENCo early in the school year. All relevant information is shared with the next school and extra visits are arranged to help with a smooth transition.
For all admissions arrangements, please refer to the OCC Schools Admissions webpage:
There is also information on the OCC website regarding admissions arrangements to special schools in Oxfordshire:
If you are concerned about your child please contact their teacher. They know your child better than any other member of staff. You can talk to them at the end of the day, email or phone the office to ask to be contacted. If further action is required they may ask advice or invite the SENCo to a meeting to understand the needs of the child and plan their support.
If you’d like to give us any feedback about SEN provision you can email the school office for the attention of the SENCo, or ask for an appointment.
For impartial advice you can ask Oxfordshire’s Parent Partnership Service (now known as SENDIASS). They are an excellent place to ask questions you can contact them at:
If you’d like to know more about opportunities for children with SEN and their families, support groups or information about SEN these are listed in the Family Information Directory:
Oxfordshire’s Local Offer contains lots of information for parents. Click here to see it:
Complaints about SEND
If you have any complaints regarding how your child with SEND is supported at St Nicholas CE Primary School, please refer to the Complaints Policy which is found in the Policies section of this website.