Special Educational Needs
We are a Church of England School where our pupils learn within a Christian environment, developing an understanding of the values and teachings of the church, as well as a knowledge of and respect for all religions, faiths and cultures.
Working closely with Parents, Governors and the wider community, we provide a caring, secure and happy environment where every child matters and where all children will be nurtured and guided to develop a thirst for learning.
Our school is an inclusive school and offers to meet the needs of all pupils and their families, including those with special educational needs. We have a shared expectation that all pupils, regardless of their special educational needs, should be offered inclusive teaching which will enable them to make the best possible progress in school so they know they are a valued member of the school community. The range of support the school can offer will be tailored to individual need following thorough assessments by internal and / or external agencies.
Our Church of England School has a positive ethos, with the emphasis being on care and compassion within a Christian environment. The children are encouraged to give of their best at all times and are praised for their efforts.
We believe that by working together with the whole community - children, parents, governors and staff - we provide a safe and happy environment in the context of a Christian community in which our children can learn, develop and grow. How do we do this? By creating a secure, healthy and happy environment that builds confidence and respect based on a strong Christian ethos which recognises the spiritual growth of the child; the development of Christian values, their individuality, and builds confidence, self-esteem and independence. By providing access to a relevant, interesting and vital curriculum that develops skills and talents making use of technology to equip our children for the challenges of the 21st Century. By guaranteeing challenge to ensure high quality learning and teaching, providing children with opportunities to succeed and achieve excellence.
By creating community awareness, our local, national and global links provide cultural understanding and provide the children with a sense of responsibility as citizens of both the local and global community.
Our work with you and young people
Mrs N Batt is responsible for:
The day to day management of all aspects of the school, including the provision for pupils with SEND.
The class teacher is responsible for:
Adapting and refining the curriculum to respond to the strengths and needs of any pupil with SEND in their class.
Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering additional support.
Contributing to devising personalised learning plans, where appropriate, to focus on next steps required to improve your child’s learning.
Ensuring quality first teaching and differentiation for pupils with SEND.
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo):
Mrs Dunni Smail is responsible for:
Coordinating provision for children with SEN and developing the school’s SEN policy (which is under review).
Ensuring parents are involved in supporting their child’s learning.
Keeping parents informed about the range and level of support offered to their child.
Including parents/carers in reviewing how their child is doing.
Using a range of agencies outside of school who can offer advice and support to help pupils overcome difficulties.
Providing specialist advice and facilitating training to ensure that all staff are skilled and confident about meeting a range of needs.
Supporting planning which takes into account individual pupil needs and requirements. Differentiation will be planned in a range of ways to ensure that pupils can experience success and challenge in their learning.
The SEN Governor is responsible for supporting the school to evaluate and develop quality and impact of provision for pupils with SEN across the school.
An ongoing programme of training is in place to ensure that teachers and learning support staff have the appropriate skills and knowledge in areas that will improve their teaching and support of children with SEND. Our SENCo is an experienced teacher who has achieved the National Award for SEN Co-ordination and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies (SEN). She is a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) and has extensive knowledge of current local and national initiatives and policies that support pupils with a range of different needs.
We assess learners continuously in order to track progress and make any necessary interventions. Children with Plans have their progress monitored and new targets are introduced as needed. Teachers and Teaching Assistants meet regularly with the SENCo to discuss children’s progress.
The quality, appropriateness and impact of the overall provision are kept under regular review. The school will use its available budget to meet the needs of all pupils.
The curriculum is adapted to ensure all children with SEND have the opportunity to take part in all aspects of school life, including out of school activities.
The school is a member of Epping Forest Rural Local Delivery Group which provides a network of support and access to a range of resources and professional advice for children with SEND.
The school works closely with a range of professionals for specific needs, including:
Speech and Language
CAMHS (Child and Adult Mental Health Service)
SAS (Statutory Assessment Service)
A range of policies are available on the school’s website, or we can provide copies on request. These include: SEN policy; Home-School Agreement; Safeguarding; Complaints procedure; Behaviour policy; Equal Opportunities policy; Child Protection policy; Disability and Equality policy.
For information on the Essex Local Offer, please visit
For further information about the School’s SEND Information Report, please contact the office by phone: 01277 890255; or email