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.
The Angmering Ascend
Angmering ASCEND (Angmering Schools Collaboration in Educational Needs and Disability) was formally created by The Angmering Locality Group of Schools (ALG) in 2014. It is a collaborative school-to-school network that ensures that all children and young people in the locality and beyond have the support they require to succeed at school and in life. The services offered by ASCEND will enable the schools and educational settings to effectively deliver the Local Offer for children and young people with SEND and other vulnerable pupils. ASCEND is “not profit making” and uses any operating surpluses to develop its services.
The Angmering Locality Group of Schools consists of nine schools that encompass the villages of Findon, Ferring, East Preston, Rustington, Angmering and Clapham and Patching. These schools range in size from a large secondary school to a small rural primary school. The Angmering Locality Group of schools have worked together for more than twenty years to provide high quality educational opportunities through a variety of activities, including sport, drama and dance, computing and focussed Gifted and Talented events, to support its students and maximise their potential.