Turvey Lower School

Mission Statement

Our shared vision is to provide a happy and stimulating learning environment where all children thrive and will recognise and achieve their full potential, so that they can become good citizens of the future.
… a friendly, caring place where children and adults feel they make a contribution and are valued as individuals.
… a safe place with good behaviour and values, where children learn respect for themselves and others.
…a place where children develop a love of learning inspired by quality teaching that builds upon strengths and talents.
… a partnership between children, parents, staff, governors, other schools and the community as a whole.

How we support your child's learning

• Friendly small school environment
• Smaller than average class sizes
• Children’s progress tracked carefully and reviewed with SENDco half termly.
• Open door policy, all staff available to talk to parents
• Class teachers are on the playground at the beginning and end of day
• Termly curriculum newsletters from class teachers
• Face to face meetings each term and a detailed written report in the summer
• Curriculum events for parents
• Parents of children with SEND invited to attend termly face to face meetings with class teacher to discuss specific objectives and progress towards targets

Accessibility of our service

• Building is wheelchair accessible
• Single storey
• Disabled toilet
• Documents can be translated on request

How we identify SEN

• Small class sizes, teachers have a good understanding of the children
• Accurate and regular monitoring of pupil progress
• Class teachers meet with SENDco every half term to discuss any concerns
• Positive relationship with parents
• Parents involved in target setting for children with SEND
• Open door policy, SENDco available to talk to parents and to discuss any queries they may have

How we support your child/young person

• Experienced SENDco monitors the provision and supports staff
• Link governor for SEND monitors provision with the Headteacher

How we match the curriculum to your child's needs

• Experienced teachers adapt to the needs of individuals through regular assessment
• Engagaing creative curriculum
• Small classes enable us to tailor learning to the needs of the individual
• Support staff trained in various interventions for Literacy and Numeracy, including dyslexia
• SENDco trained in counselling skills and provides interventions for social and emotional needs.

The support we give to your child's well being

• Friendly small school environment that nurtures all children and values them as individuals
• Excellent pastoral care
• Clear behaviour policy with golden time reward system
• Views of parents and children regularly considered through meeting and surveys
• Positive link with the school nurse
• Staff trained in epi pen administration

The expertise we have access to

• Classroom staff are trained in Fisher Literacy support, Numicon Numeracy support and Sounds Write phonics programme
• SENDco is trained in counselling skills and provides emotional and behavioural support and interventions to pupils
• School receives support from a link Educational Psychologist
• Support accessed from Bedford Borough Behaviour support services, CHUMS, CAMHS, British Dyslexia Association, Health services

How we include your child in extra curricular activities

• School will support children to access all activities
• Any children with specific needs will be supported and this will be discussed with parents
• Before and After School Group is provided by Turvey Pre-School (Please contact them for further information)

How we prepare your child to join us or transfer to another setting

• Experienced SENDco supports children, parents and teachers with transfer arrangements
• Children well supported, based on individual needs
• Children supported with additional visits to new settings
• SENDCo liases with new SENDco to ensure a smooth transition
• Direct handover of information via SENDco’s with parents approval
• Follow up visit by Turvey Lower Staff to ensure child has settled

How we match our resources to your child

• SENDco works with School Leadership team and class teachers to address individual needs.
• Regular communication with parents, fully involved
• Budget allocated dependent on individual need
• Termly reviews of all support which includes staff, pupils and parent

How we involve parents

• Friendly, welcoming small school with an open door policy
• Small class sizes means staff know pupils and parents well
• Staff available to speak to parents on the playground on a daily basis
• Regular contact with parents, includes questionnaires/surveys
• Termly ‘governor surgeries’ where parents can discuss things with governors
• Termly reviews of all pupils with additional needs which includes staff, pupils and parents

How we include your child in the planning of their support

• Discussion with children when support and interventions are being planned
• Children involved in target setting and reviews

General Contact Information

• Class teacher would usually be the first point of contact
• SENDco – Mrs S Coles (Headteacher) will also be involved in supporting your child
• Please contact Mrs Coles if you are considering Turvey Lower School for your child.
• The school works with various support services depending on the need of the child – This includes the services outlined in Question 7.
• The local authority’s local offer can be found on the Bedford Borough website

Contact for more information

Mrs Sharon Coles
May Road, Turvey, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK43 8DY
01234 881259

Record Last Reviewed On: 11/11/2016