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Governors Report to Parents & Carers 2018/2019


SEND Policy

Our SEND Policy can be accessed  through our school website. If you would prefer a paper copy please contact our School Office, who will be happy to help. Our SEND policy is reviewed annually and approved by our Governing Body.

Three members of staff lead on SEND throughout school:

Mrs Emma Mills is our Inclusion Manager and an Assistant Head Teacher.

Miss Jo Gallagher is our SENCO.

Mrs Louise Walker is our SEND Officer and manages our large team of support staff.

Our SEND Governor is Mrs Pauline Campbell. She spends time in school on a regular basis, attending Additional Needs Team meetings, monitoring provision and meeting with support staff.

Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

The table below outlines the number of pupils recorded on school’s SEND register. The number of pupils registered fluctuates during the year, particularly at SEN Support, reflecting pupils who join school and also leave. Staff regularly review the progress of pupils recorded on the SEND register to ensure pupils are correctly identified and their individual needs are met.

It should be noted, that although current SEND data is generally in line with Kirklees and national averages, a recent SEND review has shown that school's high quality inclusive practice provides effective support for children with low level SEND. This means that a number of children are successfully supported through Quality First Teaching without the need for additional and/or different interventions. 

Autumn Term 2018 SEND data

Year Group

SEN Support


SEND Totals

% of year group


























% of school





Kirklees Average 2018




National Average 2018




The number of pupils with SEND can fluctuate over the school year as new children join the school . Our SEN Register is reviewed weekly so that we have an on-going, accurate record of pupil need.

Our SEN register is analysed by both gender and ethnicity.

Additional Needs Team

Provision for pupils with SEND is coordinated by our Inclusion Manager, Mrs Emma Mills, and our SENCO, Miss Jo Gallagher, who have responsibility for SEND. Our Inclusion Manager also manages our large and growing team of support staff. This team comprises of:

  • 20 Educational Teaching Assistants who support key children in class and plan, deliver and evaluate intervention programmes for key pupils.
  • Two Learning Mentors who have a particular focus on support for children with emotional, social and behavioural needs and those at an early stage of language acquisition. Our Learning Mentors also works closely with families who need additional support.
  • An SEN Officer who works alongside school’s Inclusion Manager and SENCO  to plan for and monitor the provision for children with SEND.
  • 4 Cover Supervisors who provide first day cover for teachers and also work in class supporting  learning.
  • 4 Bilingual Support Workers who support children who are at an early stage of language acquisition, both in class and through tailored intervention programmes

Our Additional Needs Team works closely with vulnerable families and liaises with a wide range of outside agencies including:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Behaviour Support Service
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Family Support Service
  • Local Authority SEN Team
  • School Health
  • Specialist Outreach for Visual and Hearing Needs
  • Specialist Outreach for Autism


Our SEN Governor who works closely with school, attending  Additional Needs Team meetings and monitors the progress and provision for pupils with SEND.

School also pays for additional support from an Independent Speech and Language Therapist and the School Nurse Service. Mrs Andrea Reese, a Speech Therapist works in school ½ a day per week supporting and developing  the provision for pupils with speech and language needs. Our School Nurse, Mrs Julie O’Leary, works in school ½ a day per week developing provision for pupils with medical needs. She is supported by a School Nursing Assistant.

A core team of 6 key staff meet on a fortnightly basis to discuss new referrals, monitor provision  and plan next steps. The core team comprises of our Inclusion Manager, SENCO, SEN Officer, our Learning Mentors and our SEN Governor.


The attendance of pupils with SEND is generally in line with the whole school. However, it should be noted that there is a particular concern regarding the amount of extended leave taken this term for pupils with a statement of SEND.

Attendance Summer Term 

% with religious observance removed

% without religious observance removed

All SEND pupils 95.96%




SEN Support






School monitors the attendance of pupils with SEND very closely and our Attendance and Pupil Support officer is involved with families causing concern.

Parental Involvement

Partnership with parents and carers is valued by all staff and is an important part of our provision of pupils with SEND. Informal communication at the start and end of each day, through our home-school diaries and over the telephone is part of our daily practice. In addition to our regular Parents’ Evenings parents and carers are also invited to attend termly review meetings, to meet staff and outside agencies and set and review Additional Needs Plans.  Parental involvement in school life is encouraged – for example, parents attend adult education classes in school, help as volunteers in class and work as Reading Friends.


School allocates a budget for SEND, the majority of this budget is used to fund salary costs for our large team of support staff. An additional £9,000 is allocated to pay for supply cover to release teaching staff to take part in provision map workshops and termly pupil review meetings and £3,000 for resources to support SEND. Commissioned services such as Speech and Language Therapy and School Nursing are also funded through school’s budget. In addition, for 2017/2018 school has budgeted £7796 to fund commissioned school nursing and £3500 for additional support for speech and language therapy.

Outside Agencies

Our Additional Needs Team continues to work very closely with many outside agencies, who work alongside school staff to assess pupil’s needs and plan tailored provision for them within school including:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Specialist Outreach for Autism, Visual and Hearing Impairments
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Staff from Castle Hill Special School
  • Mobility Officer
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • School Nursing Team
  • Targeted Youth Support
  • Children’s Emotional Wellbeing Service
  • Family Support Team
  • Attendance and Pupil Support


All staff receive regular training to make sure they are able to meet the needs of all learners, usually during staff meeting time, INSET days or during the school day as appropriate.  In addition, all support staff meet twice per half-term take part in bespoke training, either led by a member of our School Leadership Team or by an outside agency. Over the last year training has included:

Recent training in school has included:

  • Medical Needs
  • Maximising the impact of Teaching Assistants
  • Marking and Feedback
  • Speech, Language and Communication
  • Scaffolding for learning – inclusive classroom checklist
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