SEND

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES

 

At Georgian Gardens Community Primary School, we are committed to the equal inclusion of all pupils and we take into account the additional support required by those children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

We are a school that encourages and celebrates a love of learning – where each pupil is known and cared about as an individual. We have created a community of pupils, parents and teachers, committed to striving towards and achieving success.   

We have worked hard to develop a curriculum that responds to children’s individual needs and interests. Through inspiration and enjoyment of learning, we promote independence and a sense of self-belief. In our school, we raise aspiration and expectations, try to remove barriers to learning and work with a number of partnership agencies in order to provide a positive educational experience for all pupils.

A child's success may take many forms and we encourage both creative and core subjects.  We have a range of nurture groups taking place in school and we are currently developing our new sensory soft room.  

We also take part in a range of SEND sporting events and compete against other locality schools.

The Government has asked all Local Authorities in the UK to publish, in one place, information about the services and provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25 who have Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND).

This is known as the Local Offer. Further information about the Local Offer can be found on the West Sussex County Council Local Offer.

Georgian Gardens Parent Forum

Georgian Gardens Community Primary School formed the parent/carer forum last year. This was in response to requests from parents/carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities who wanted to have greater involvement in school life. A need was identified for parents/carers to be able to contribute thoughts and ideas, and to be involved in consultations and focus groups in a more structured way.

The parent/carer forum is not a decision making group. The remit of decision making is held by school leaders and the Governing Body. However, the parent/carer forum can give insightful comment on single-issue topics such as homework, communications and parent/carer workshops. Visiting speakers are also regularly invited to come and talk to parents about a range of issues (Disability Living Allowance applications, accessing disabled toilets, local amenities, what support and resources they can offer families). 

The parent/carer forum is run by parents/carers of children with SEND. It is an inclusive organisation and welcomes input and feedback from parents/carers of all backgrounds and with children in all year groups.

Meetings are held every term, usually on a Thursday morning and are advertised in the school newsletter.

What are the arrangements for handling complaints from parents of children with SEND?

At Georgian Gardens School we operate an ‘open door’ policy. Parents and carers are encouraged to speak with the class teacher about any concerns they may have. They will be able to discuss additional support children are receiving. If you wish to discuss your child’s needs further please contact the SENCO who will be able to talk about how the School can support children with SEND. The School’s Complaints Policy is on our school website on the 'Policies' page. This includes complaints around SEND and Looked after children. The policy can also be obtained through request of a paper copy from the school office. Please follow this policy if you would like to make a formal complaint. In the first instance discussions would be encouraged by the class teacher, SENCO and Headteacher to try and resolve any issues.
The name and contact details of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator:
 
The Assistant Headteacher Inclusion/SENCO at Georgian Gardens Community Primary School is Mrs Claire Lewis. Telephone: 01903 771555; Email: senco@georgiangardens.co.uk
 
The Special Educational Needs Governor is Mrs Heather Ward.