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Special Educational Needs at West Row Academy:

At West Row Academy we welcome everybody into community.  We believe that every child should be provided with the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential.  Every child in our school has the opportunity to engage fully in school life and all children, regardless of their level of need, is given the same opportunities as everyone else.

Every student at West Row Academy will follow the same curriculum, with Quality First Teaching designed to allow all learners to access it.  However, some children may require extra support to allow them to achieve their potential, and this is where our SEND support is offered.


Meet The Team

At West Row Academy, all staff are involved in the teaching and support of children with SEND, but some members of our team have specific roles relating to this area:

Miss R Buckle


Telephone: 01638 715680

SENCO release: Wednesday (all day), Thursday (am), Friday (am)

Our Governor with responsibility for SEND is Mr Harry Dring.

How does the school provide accessibility arrangements for my child?

Our school building is fully accessible to children with physical disabilities via a ramp, which supports access to our additional classroom space and via wheelchair friendly door openings.  The school site is on one level.  There are four toilets for the disabled, located strategically within the building including within the mobile classroom.  Children have access to a range of ICT equipment to support their physical and learning needs.  We also ensure that classroom equipment used is accessible to all children regardless of their needs.

What happens if my child needs more support?

Children may follow a specific intervention programme to support their learning, for example:

  • Beat Dyslexia
  • PiXL Therapies in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and maths
  • Language link
  • Precision Teaching
  • Toe by Toe

This list is not exhaustive and the SENCo will seek out staff training as needs arise.

External Agency Support:

A child may have been identified by their class teacher and SENCo as needing some extra specialist support in school from a professional outside the school.  This could be from Local Authority central services such as:

  • County Inclusive Support Service (CISS)
  • Educational Psychologists (EPs)

Other outside agencies and health professionals such as:  Speech and Language Therapy Service (SALT); Occupational Therapy; Physiotherapy and the School Nurse.

All additional provision is overseen by the school’s SENCo and is designed and implemented by class teachers, supported by our teaching assistants.  As with individual targets, the most important point is this: additional provision depends on the needs of the child.

For details of planning, assessment and reporting of your child’s progress, please see our SEND and Assessment Policies.

Transition Arrangements:

Transitions can be difficult for all children, but particularly children with SEND.  We therefore have thorough procedures in place to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.

If your child is moving to another school:  We will contact the school SENCo and ensure that he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that need to be made for your child.  We will also make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.

When moving classes in school:  information will be passed on to the new class teacher IN ADVANCE and a transition meeting will take place with the new teacher and, where relevant, the SENCo.  All Pupil Passports will be shared with the new teacher, as well as information about progress, targets and interventions that the child has received.  With some children, we will also create a transition booklet in which they can collect information about their new class teacher and classroom so that they can reassure themselves at different times both at home and at school.

Approaching the end of Year 6:  The Year 6 teacher and SENCo will meet with relevant colleagues from your child’s next school and pass on any necessary information about their needs (giving children the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face where possible).  With some children additional transition visits will be offered by their new school and we will inform you if this option becomes available.

If relevant, your child will do focused learning about aspects of transition to support their understanding of the changes ahead.  Where possible your child will visit their new school on several occasions and in some cases staff from the new school will visit your child in this school too to offer additional support, answer questions and generally reassure them during this period of change.

Support and contact for parents:

Your child’s class teacher is available by appointment to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have and to share information about what is working well at home and school so similar strategies can be used.

Any outside agencies who produce reports for the school regarding contact with your child/ren should also provide you with a copy of this.

The SENCO is also available to meet with your to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns/worries you may have.

There are four categories of SEND.  Your child’s needs may fall into any one of the categories or they may have difficulties across a number of the categories.  The four categories as outlines in the SEND Code of Practice are:

If you would like to discuss SEND in relation to your son or daughter, please contact your child’s class teacher or Miss Buckle, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.