St Thomas CE (VC) Primary School
8.00am - 4.00pm
Our school works closely with the other schools around us to provide additional opportunities for our children. To find out about who we work with, and what we do click here...
Question: How can my child with SEND learn successfully at St Thomas CE vc Primary School?
It can be a worrying and challenging time when you realise your child has a special educational need or disability. Here at St Thomas we work hard with parents and carers, to ensure that we can provide an inclusive environment for every child. This means making reasonable adjustments so that children with special educational needs or learning difficulties can access the National Curriculum. Our teachers are experienced in differentiating each lesson so that children can overcome potential barriers. Some children may receive additional adult support, either through an EHC plan (up to a maximum of 90% of the school day), or if the school makes the decision to strategically deploy support. All pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. The National Curriculum Inclusion Statement states that teachers should set high expectations for every pupil, whatever their prior attainment. Teachers should use appropriate assessment to set targets which are deliberately ambitious. Potential areas of difficulty should be identified and addressed at the outset. Lessons should be planned to address potential areas of difficulty and to remove barriers to pupil achievement.
This is what the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014) states regarding provision;
''Schools should assess each pupil’s current skills and levels of attainment on entry, building on information from previous settings and key stages where appropriate. At the same time, schools should consider evidence that a pupil may have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 and, if so, what reasonable adjustments may need to be made for them.'
Please read our SEND policy and Information Report below. There are also many documents mentioned within it, which are attached also. If you have any queries, please contact Mr Rushby (head teacher), Mrs Mead (Deputy Head teacher) or Mrs Bray (SENDCO and Assistant Head teacher). We will be happy to talk to you.
BELOW ARE SOME 'SIGNPOSTS' TO HELP YOU FIND MORE INFORMATION AND HELP FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD. SEE ALSO OUR 'POLICIES' PAGE.
PCAN is an independent, parent-led forum in Kirklees for all parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs aged from birth to 25 years.
You will find lots of good information, links to social media for networking with other parents, and information about working in partnership with service providers across Kirklees. PCAN aim to improve services for children and young people with additional needs.
They welcome all parents or carers, whether you are just beginning to become aware that your child or young person may have additional needs, or if they have confirmed diagnosis or disability.
You can contact PCAN on:
Telephone: 07754 102336
Address: PCAN, Suite 230, 6 Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SQ
Parent Partnership are an organisation who offer support, guidance and advice.
The service is free and totally confidential and offers support to parents and carers of children and young people who have already been identified as having Special Educational Needs.
They also support any parents or carers who are concerned that their child may have Special Educational Needs.
KIAS can be contacted on
Tel: 01484 225422