At Cherry Garden Primary we are committed to providing a broad, balanced and accessible curriculum for every child and will work with families and fellow professionals to make this a reality.
Some children may start school with a clearly identified special need or disability, for example, limited mobility or autism. Other children may not display signs of a special need until later in their primary education, for example, they may struggle learning to read or have difficulty retaining information. Teachers monitor children's progress regularly and will alert families if they have any concerns about their child. This will not necessarily mean the child has a special need but it is a way of beginning a dialogue about our concerns.
The school's SENCo, Miss Lucy Cook, works to support staff in planning for the specific needs of SEND pupils. Miss Cook will also work with families where a clear need has been identified or where there are concerns that a child's need is becoming a barrier to their learning. If you would like to speak with Miss Cook, please contact the school using the Contact Us section and she will get in touch.
If your child attends our school and you believe they might have a special need or you are concerned about their physical or mental health, please start by making an appointment with their class teacher. They will be able to talk through your concerns and either plan a way forward or signpost you to another member of staff or professional should the situation require it.
The annual SEND report for families which includes information on provision, process and outcomes for pupils, can be downloaded here. This covers our current academic year and will be updated by the end of February each year.
The school has a clear policy for SEND. This was written by Miss Cook and ratified by the Governing Body. It was written with consideration to the local and national guidance for SEND, including the SEND Code of Practice.
The local authority's 'local offer' sets out the range of services and provision within the local area. This can be found on their website.
We understand that finding out your child has a special need or being told that a professional is concerned about your child, can be a worrying or upsetting experience for families. The first things to remember is that you are not alone. Many people have been through similar experiences with their own child and lots of them have shared their wisdom in order to support other families. There are a range of excellent resources available online - please follow the links below to find out more.