Priory Primary School
Priory pride – learning together
The mission of Priory Primary School is to work in partnership with the community
and to help all pupils achieve their full potential - academically, physically, socially
and emotionally. We foster a lifelong love of learning, develop an understanding of
making healthy lifestyle choices and encourage pupils to develop as young citizens.
We believe all pupils have potential – expect success.
How we support your child's learning
• We operate an open door policy and we actively encourage parents to talk to the class teacher or other members of staff before school, after school or at another mutually convenient time.
• We have parent consultation events each term and an annual school report.
• Parents are informed of progress and targets for the next steps in learning are set and reviewed regularly with parents.
• We also discuss how school and home can work together to achieve the best possible outcome for your child.
Accessibility of our service
• We recognise the need to make the building accessible to all pupils including those with physical special needs.
• The school caters for each need wherever possible.
• As a school we are happy to discuss individual access requirements.
• Tables and chairs are at the correct level for pupils.
• Classrooms have access to an Interactive Whiteboard.
• A range of ICT equipment such as Laptops and IPads are available to support learning across the curriculum and to teach computer skills.
For more details please refer to the Disability and Accessibility Plan which is available on the school website.
How we identify SEN
We know when pupils need help if:
• concerns are raised by parents/carers, teachers or the child
• limited progress is being made
• there is a change in the pupil’s behaviour or progress
If you have a concern about your child’s development the class teacher is the initial point of contact.
In addition Miss Wilde, who is the SENDCO, can also be contacted via the school office.
How we support your child/young person
The learning needs of every child are catered for in the class teacher’s planning. It will be differentiated accordingly to suit the pupil’s individual needs. This may include additional general support by a teacher or teaching assistant in class.
• If a child has needs related to more specific areas of their education, then they may be placed in a small group. This will be run by the teacher or teaching assistant. The length of time of the intervention will vary according to need and how much progress has been made.
• Occasionally a pupil may need more expert support from an outside agency. A referral will be made, with your consent. The school will implement any advice given as far as is possible within a mainstream setting.
Governors monitor the effectiveness of the provision in place for pupils identified with SEND and they will receive regular reports from the SENDCO on the progress of pupils with SEND.
How we match the curriculum to your child's needs
• When a child has been identified with special needs their work will be differentiated by the class teacher to enable them to access the curriculum more easily.
• If appropriate, specialist equipment may be given to the child to enable access to the curriculum.
• If a child is working outside the range of their peers, advice will be sought from specialists and the curriculum individualised as appropriate
The support we give to your child's well being
The whole school ethos is committed to developing all aspects of a child’s wellbeing in an environment which is safe and secure and with a curriculum that is broad and balanced. In addition the school offers a wide variety of support for children who are encountering difficulties either at home or at school.
• Members of staff such as the class teacher, learning mentor and SENDCO will support children to develop a range of life long skills, including resilience.
• If a child has a significant behavioural issue a plan of support is put in place.
• If staff recognise that there has been a change in a child’s behaviour or social and emotional wellbeing, we will discuss this with parents and plan the next steps to support the child.
• At an age appropriate level, children are encouraged to express their views so that they feel that their opinions are valued.
• Good attendance is actively encouraged by all staff. The learning mentor has a specific role in supporting individual families to achieve good attendance.
• If a pupil has a medical need then a detailed Care Plan is compiled with support from the school nurse in consultation with parents/carers. These are discussed with all staff who are involved with the pupil.
Where necessary and in agreement with parents/carers medicines are administered in school but only where a signed medicine consent form is in place to ensure the safety of both child and staff member.
The expertise we have access to
At times it may be necessary to consult with outside agencies to receive their more specialised expertise.
The agencies used by the school include:
• Sensory and Visual Impairment Team
• Educational Psychologist
• Early Years Advisory Team
• CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service)
• CHUMS (Child Bereavement, Trauma & Emotional Wellbeing Service)
• Educational Welfare Officer
• Social Care
• Speech and Language Therapy Team
• Occupational Therapy
• School Nurse
• Early Help Team
Miss Wilde has the ‘National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination’ and the ‘OCR Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia/ Specific Learning Difficulties.’
All staff receive regular training to increase their knowledge of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Our Teaching Assistants hold NVQ Level 3 qualifications or the equivalent.
How we include your child in extra curricular activities
• Activities and school trips are risk assessed and reasonable adjustments are made to enable children to participate safely.
• The school has an Educational Visits Coordinator.
• Some pupils are supported through 1:1 support during the visit.
How we prepare your child to join us or transfer to another setting
Many strategies are in place to enable every child’s transition to be as smooth as possible.
• Home visits are carried before nursery children start school in the autumn term.
• Discussions between the previous or receiving schools prior to the pupil joining/leaving.
• All pupils attend a transition session where they spend some time with their new class teacher.
• Additional visits are also arranged for pupils who need extra time in their new school.
• Miss Wilde is always willing to meet parents/carers prior to their child joining the school.
• Information is shared with relevant members of staff at each transition point.
How we match our resources to your child
• The SEND budget is allocated each financial year and allocated appropriately.
• The headteacher and inclusion teacher meet each half term to discuss the individual needs of pupils and allocate support based on the changing needs of children.
• Regular meetings are held with parents/carers to discuss any additional support that is being provided for their child.
• The progress of every pupil is carefully monitored so that we know the impact of additional support and resources are targeted effectively.
How we involve parents
Parents play a vital role in the education of their child and are welcomed into the school where their advice and support is welcomed.
This may be through:
• Discussions with the class teacher.
• During parental consultations.
• During discussions with Miss Wilde or other professionals.
• We have a variety of parent training and learning events that change termly. These are advertised via our newsletter and website.
• Parents can stand to become parent governors.
How we include your child in the planning of their support
• We respect the ability of all children to become an independent learner and be aware of their learning targets.
• The views of the child may be verbal or written.
• If a child has a specific plan, these views are included on the plan whenever possible.
General Contact Information
Parents are encouraged to contact the school to ask or share any information that they feel is important.
If you have any additional questions please contact the school office to arrange a meeting with Miss Wilde.
SEND Advice is a confidential service for parents of children who have special educational needs or disabilities. The contact details are:
Tel: 01234 276267
Contact for more information
- Natasha Wilde
- Greyfriars, Bedford, MK40 1JD
- 01234 261768
- SEN Link:
Record Last Reviewed On: 18/05/2018