SEN Information Report

Version  

1.1  

Review Date  

08.05.18

 Review Cycle  

 Annual  

  Review Due  

08.05.19

 Author / Owner  

Headteacher  

This report needs to be read in conjunction with the Special Educational Needs Policy written in May 2018.  

Winchelsea School’s Aims

  • To create a safe, welcoming and successful school where pupils, staff, families and visitors participate effectively and are valued equally.
  • To promote open and honest communication throughout the school and the wider community.
  • To set high standards and expectations for every child according to their individual needs and abilities.
  • To provide a rich and varied curriculum that supports the academic, social, emotional and personal development of every child.
  • To promote responsibility, independence and self-awareness in every child through the development of speech, language and communication.
  • To celebrate diversity by promoting the awareness of our rights and the rights of other people regardless of race, gender, age or ability.
  • To continually develop a professional and approachable staff team who inspire confidence through a supportive and understanding relationship with children and their families.
  • To foster positive, collaborative and effective relationships with other organisations and institutions.

 I am. I can. I will.

Current Ofsted Grading  

Good – June 2015 

School Context  

Winchelsea is a special school for pupils aged 4 – 16 and designated for pupils with complex needs. All pupils have a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan. The school is increasingly taking pupils with more complex profiles.  

The majority of pupils come from within the Poole area and a small number come from Bournemouth and Dorset. Most are transported to school via minibuses. Approximately 10% are brought to school by parents / carers. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language. 

Winchelsea School is delivering a collaborative Post 16 provision with Bournemouth & Poole College. It is expected that significant numbers of leavers from Year 11 will access this provision.

Standard Admissions Number  

104 places. Numbers of pupils has been consistent for a number of years and the school has always been full. The school is currently oversubscribed.  

Admissions Criteria  

Admissions may be made at any time during the school year but the majority take place in September. All admissions are made in accordance with the current national legislation relating to pupils with special needs, and must conform to the school’s admission policy, as agreed with the Local Authority (LA).  The School’s home LA is the Borough of Poole. 

The school is funded to provide a specific number of places by the LA. There are no prescribed place numbers relating to the category of learning difficulty or Key Stage although an appropriate balance will always be sought. The school may, in certain circumstances agree to admit pupils beyond this number if it is confident that, in so doing, the needs of the pupils in the group are not compromised and appropriate agreement is reached concerning funding for additional place provision. The discretion to admit beyond the formula number remains with the Governors through the office of the Headteacher. Governors seek to allocate places on the basis of vacancies within groups rather than overall vacancies within the school.  

All admissions are administered by the LA. Occasionally admissions may be agreed for children from neighbouring authorities. The following is taken directly from the Borough of Poole Special School Admissions Criteria: 

Pupils who: 

  1. Have general learning difficulties which affect progress in most curriculum areas and / or will benefit from a placement at a special school committed and resourced to reversing patterns of failure associated with school and learning. These patterns of failure may manifest themselves in combinations of learning, behavioural, emotional and social difficulties; however, in the case of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, these will not be so severe in nature that they would warrant placement in a SEMH special school.
  2. Are predicted to achieve between Levels 1 and 3 in most subjects at Key Stage 4.

In addition, some pupils: 

  1. May have a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder (Autism, Asperger Syndrome, ODD, social communication disorder or semantic pragmatic language disorder).
  2. May have diagnosis of dyspraxia / ADD / ADHD or additional needs in the form of dyslexia or dyscalculia.
  3. May experience a combination of low self-esteem and a significant degree of social and emotional immaturity.
  4. May experience a degree of language delay / disorder.
  5. May present with some challenging behaviours (but not severe in nature) in association with learning difficulties. These behaviours may include oppositional behaviour that is significantly greater than that shown by peers in the same setting.

The School’s Approach for Teaching Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  

We offer a differentiated and personalised approach to learning. Pupils access the curriculum at a level appropriate to meet their needs. Pupils are grouped according to age, stage and general ability. This means that classes may have children with different ages but similar learning needs. This results in classes ranging for six to twelve pupils. We teach using a primary based model i.e. the class teacher teaches everything except PE, art, music and food technology. 

In addition, we plan for and deliver intervention programmes in a variety of areas - speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, sensory integration, pastoral and emotional intervention, behaviour support and additional literacy. Aims of intervention programmes are to: 

  • Raise standards
  • Further improve achievement
  • Actively seek to address and overcome barriers to learning
  • To narrow any attainment gaps
  • Develop the full potential of every pupil
  • Work in partnership with parents / carers

Assessment, Recording and Reporting of Pupil Progress  

Please also refer to our Assessment, Recording and Reporting Policy. 

Statement of Assessment Principles 

Assessment of skills, knowledge, behaviour and attitudes is vital if we are to identify pupils’ individual needs and plan their future learning. 

Measurement against national data is important and provides us with a benchmark upon which to assess pupils against comparative cohorts. It is important to add however, that national comparisons are a just a guide upon which to begin the scrutiny of overall performance.  

This enables us to:         

  • recognise achievements and identify strengths and weaknesses in particular environments and situations, in order that appropriate help and support can be provided;
  • ensure continuity and appropriate progression for each pupil;
  • help in monitoring the effectiveness of teaching;
  • fulfil current legal requirements both for the National Curriculum and the school curriculum;
  • further inform school improvement.

Assessment involves measuring performance against certain criteria. To ensure consistent standards (moderation), all staff will need to know and understand the precise meaning of these criteria. 

 Assessment and Recording Systems 

  • Winchelsea Levels are used to measure academic progress from KS1 to KS3.
  • Early Learning Goals in Early Years Foundation Stage. In addition, EYFS have a bespoke method for target setting based on prior attainment and expected rates of progress.  
  • Annual Target setting for Year 1 – Year 11 based on National Progression Guidance in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, Number, Shape, Space and Measure, and Using and Applying. These are scrutinised half termly through pupil progress scrutiny meetings.
  • Annual Target setting and progress towards individual Accreditation in a variety of subject areas.
  • Specific assessment of independent pupil writing through the use of Assessing Pupil Progress (APP) scrutiny – termly.
  • EHCP Targets – termly
  • Evidence of current levels through work scrutiny – half termly.
  • Annual reading age assessment
  • Attendance
  • Behaviour through Positive Behaviour Management Plans and incident forms
  • Progress made in individual therapy programmes

Reporting to Parents / Carers

  • Annual Reviews
  • End of year reports (to include all achieved academic levels)
  • Parents’ / Carers consultation evenings
  • Home – school communication diaries
  • Telephone calls
  • Home visits

Additional Curriculum Offer / Extended Provision 

Winchelsea offers a broad, balanced and highly differentiated curriculum relevant to the needs of its pupils. Whilst the pupils receive their entitlement to the subjects of the National Curriculum a strong emphasis is also placed upon ensuring that the curriculum covers aspects of spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education, key skills and life skills, and promotes fundamental British values. We also offer specialist additional provision / intervention including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, sensory integration, pastoral and emotional intervention, behaviour support and additional literacy intervention.

There are opportunities for learning outside the classroom – horse riding, swimming, college links courses and numerous PE activities. 

In addition, the school offers ‘Skills for Life’ opportunities on Friday afternoons (for 1 hour) whereby pupils can choose from a range of activities, for example, football, basketball, choir, drama, gardening, eco-friendly, arts and crafts etc. A number of lunchtime clubs also run, which include sporting activities. 

The school runs a comprehensive after school provision four nights a week (1.5 hrs per night). Pupils take part in a variety of activities including cooking, drama, music and art. Parents / Carers pay a small fee for their children to attend these sessions (£30 per night per term).   

Furthermore the school leases its building to a number of external providers, who run activities / clubs in the evenings, weekends and school holidays for pupils and young people with special educational needs.  

Support Available for Improving the Emotional and Social Development of Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 

This aspect of learning is as important as cognitive development. The school employs a full time Behaviour Leader and a full time Pupil Participation Assistant to support pupils’ emotional and social development. These staff run a number of individual and group sessions based around anger management, positive behaviour management, emotional literacy, selfesteem and social skills. In addition, the school employs two full time Speech and Language Therapists, who also undertake individual and group work around improving social and communication skills and a access to a part time Occupational Therapist. The school also works in close partnership with the Learning Disabilities Team and CAMHS making referrals where necessary, and regularly liaising for general advice and guidance.  

Facilities and Equipment for Pupils with SEND 

  • ICT suite
  • Food Technology Room
  • Art / Design Technology Room
  • Sensory Integration / OT Room
  • Soft Play Room
  • Speech and Language Suite
  • Outdoor learning areas
  • Sports field
  • Two minibuses
  • Library

Working in Partnership with Parents / Carers 

At Winchelsea we believe that we can best meet the needs of individual children by working closely with parents/carers. We believe that good communication between the school and the home is essential. We aim to develop an effective and sustainable long-term partnership. We believe that an informed and supportive parent body will help raise standards and help children achieve their full potential. 

We aim to develop partnerships between parents/carers and staff which are based on mutual trust and respect and which promote the sharing of information and knowledge for the benefit of the children in our care. We aim to work together collaboratively, with a shared agenda and common sense of purpose in order to improve outcomes for all children. 

Effective communications enable us to share our aims and values through keeping parents/carers well informed about school life. This reinforces the crucial role that parents/carers play in supporting the school in educating their children. 

We communicate through a range of different strategies. Some of our communications are a result of a statutory requirement, others reflect what we believe is important to our school. 

Before starting at Winchelsea, we will:  

  • Ensure that there is a clear and effective system of communication between school and parents/carers when arranging a visit to the school.
  • Arrange a meeting with parents/carers before their child’s admission to discuss and finalise transition arrangements, and to inform them about policies and procedures.
  • Make every effort to ensure that information for parents/carers is made accessible to them e.g. Welcome Pack, Policies, website etc.
  • Ensure that any consent forms/agreements are completed.
  • Ensure that the required contact information is kept up to date.
  • Establish, where appropriate, the name of a child’s legal guardian.
  • Keep an up-to-date record of any particular requirements/ needs of children. These records must be kept securely.
  • Ensure that arrangements for the children’s arrival and collection are clear and understood by all staff and parents/carers.
  • Establish a system in which only authorised adults can collect children and create a plan that can be used in an emergency when the recognised adult cannot collect a child.
  • Ensure that information about children is treated as confidential, is held securely and is only shared with parents/carers and relevant personnel.
  • We encourage parents/carers to contact the school if any issues arise regarding their child’s progress or well-being.
  • Ensure that all staff and volunteers understand that information held on children and their families is confidential.

Sharing Information Home-School Agreement 

We ask parents/carers to sign the agreement when their child starts in our school. It explains the school’s aims and values, the school’s responsibility towards the children, the responsibilities of the parents/carers, and what the school expects of the children. 

Curriculum Updates  

Parents/carers can access information through the school website.   

Annual Reports 

Each year, in the summer term, we provide a written report to parents/carers on each child’s progress in the various areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum. This report also identifies areas of strength and areas for further development. We ask parents/carers to make comments regarding their child’s progress as part of this report. 

Consultation Evenings 

Parents/Carers have the opportunity to meet with class teachers each term to discuss progress, celebrate successes, and to identify how parents/carers can support their child at home. Parents are able to look at their child’s work during these meetings. 

Annual Review of Statement / EHCP 

This is a meeting to determine whether or not the Statement of Special Educational Needs/EHCP should be maintained and remains appropriate. The pupil’s progress against educational targets and outcomes is the principal criterion and provides the basis for discussion about the provision required to meet the individual’s needs. 

Individual Education Plans (IEPS) 

These are set following the annual review and are based upon targets set at the meeting. They are reviewed and revised termly and parents/carers are sent evaluated copies at the beginning of each term.  

Newsletters  

These are sent home every two weeks and keep parents/carers informed of news and events about the school.  

Letters 

Individual staff members will send letters from time to time to inform parents/carers of planned visits/outings etc.  

The school utilises a mobile app to communicate with the wider school community on a regular basis. The school website is also updated regularly.

Day to Day Contact 

We encourage parents/carers to first discuss any concerns or issues about their children with the class teacher. The class teacher must discuss any issues that cannot be resolved with the Phase Leader or Senior Leadership Team. Parents can make contact via the Home‐School book or by telephone before and after school, or through the school app and website.

Home–School Communication Book  

This is sent home on a daily basis. These are designed to help ensure meaningful two-way communication about the day’s events, behaviours and home learning etc. Comments should be positive as far as possible and the class teachers determine the frequency of completion. 

Celebrations/Festivals 

We encourage parents to attend coffee mornings, open days, performances and festivals to celebrate the work of the children. 

Parent Voice  

At Winchelsea we encourage parents to have a voice. This is achieved through: 

  • Parent representation on the Friends of Winchelsea Group
  • Parent representation on the Governing Body
  • Parent questionnaires
  • Home- School Liaison book
  • Parent Consultations
  • Annual Reviews of Statement/EHCP
  • Steering Groups which have parent representation, e.g. Vision and Values group
  • Parent Coffee Mornings
  • New Parents Groups
  • Home visits as appropriate

Comments regarding school improvement can be forwarded to the school office and these will be forwarded to the Senior Leadership Team for discussion. 

Arrangements for Consulting Pupils and involving them in their Education   

All children in our school are treated with dignity and respect. The school aims to fully personalise the curriculum for each pupil in order that they can access and experience success throughout their school life. 

The School Council enables pupils to contribute and decide on aspects of school life relating to their needs. In addition, pupils take part in the selection process of all education staff by interviewing them and forming judgements.  

The assessment and annual review process of statements of SEN and EHCP includes the choices and views of pupils. Where possible, pupils are encouraged to think of their own targets as part of this process.   

School’s Accessibility Policy 

Valuing diversity is central to achieving the overall aim of Winchelsea School and fully supports the spirit of our mission statement. At Winchelsea we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for disabled pupils, staff and all those receiving services from the school. We recognise and welcome the proactive nature of the duty to promote disability equality and aim to further develop our culture of inclusion and diversity in which people feel free to disclose their disability and to participate fully in school life. We are therefore committed to making reasonable adjustments to ensure that the school environment is as accessible as possible. In addition, all pupils have an entitlement to access a curriculum that is appropriate and differentiated to meet their needs.  

At Winchelsea we believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here.  We are a Rights Respecting School and have achieved a Silver Award at present.

Transitions in and out of Winchelsea 

The admission of pupils to Winchelsea usually follows discussion at an Admission Panel. Prior to the meeting the opportunity is given to become fully acquainted with all relevant documentation including that arising from the various stages completed in accordance with Code of Practice. A decision is then made as to whether Winchelsea is an appropriate provision to meet the needs of the child. 

When a child leaves Winchelsea all his / her records are sent on to the next school. These records should be sent within two weeks of a request for records being received. If for any reason the school is not given the address of the receiving school, or no request is forthcoming the Education Welfare Service are informed, so that the pupil’s whereabouts can be traced. 

The school has strong links with both Bournemouth and Poole College, Brockenhurst College, Kingston Maurward College, Linwood School and Beaucroft School 6th Forms. Pupils, who transfer to these following the completion of their school career at Winchelsea, have the opportunity to visit and become involved in a link course or transition course. As part of their preparation close contact and dialogue between the school and the college / 6th form is maintained on behalf of the pupil.  

The school works very closely with our Careers Adviser to ensure that the pupils’ best interests are considered, and that they are, as far as possible, along with their parents, fully involved in the decision making process.  

Careers Events / Information Events are organised in the Spring Term to help keep parents fully informed of all available options post Winchelsea.  As of September 2017, Winchelsea School is delivering a collaborative Post 16 provision with Bournemouth & Poole College. It is expected that significant numbers of leavers from Year 11 will access this provision. 

Continuous Professional Development of Staff 

The school is a learning environment for both staff and pupils. Staff are keen to continue to develop their range of skills within the field of special educational needs and teaching in general. The School Improvement Plan outlines areas for development and the training schedule relates directly to this. All teachers have an action plan linked to improving their own teaching and learning. In addition, senior and middle leaders have action plans that are associated with their additional areas of responsibility, which again link directly to the School Improvement Plan.  

The training schedule is a balance of in-house and external support and is developed to meet the needs of all staff. Governors are invited to take an active part in all relevant staff training events. 

How the Governing Body Involves Others - Including Health, Social Services, Local Authority Services and Voluntary Organisations in Meeting the Needs of Pupils and in Supporting Their Families 

We have a wide range of staff working together within the school to support the children and their families. The majority are employed directly by the school: 

Employed by the School  

  • Classroom staff - this includes teachers, teaching assistants higher level teaching assistants and midday supervisory assistants.
  • Administration staff
  • Site management staff
  • Integrated Support Staff (non-class based) – two Speech and Language Therapists, Communications Assistant, Therapy Coordinator, Pastoral Care Worker, Literacy Intervention Worker and the Behaviour Leader

Externally Employed Professionals 

The following professionals work alongside Winchelsea staff to ensure pupils’ need are met: 

  • School nurse - health
  • Occupation Therapists – health
  • Physiotherapist - health
  • Paediatricians – health
  • Learning Disability Team – health
  • CAMHS – health
  • Educational Psychologists – LA
  • Educational Welfare Officers – LA
  • Social Services - LA

Transport to and from school is organised by the Local Authority. Transport staff are employed by the transport companies. 

Future Plans for Continuing to Develop SEND Provision 

  • Continue links with outstanding special schools
  • Develop our outreach offer to better support pupils with SEND in other contexts
  • Continue to embed integrated services within everyday teaching
  • Develop a collaborative ‘Mainstream Plus’ offer with local Primary schools.

Arrangement for Considering Complaints from Parents / Carers 

The school aims to provide a high quality education and service for all its pupils. Concerns and complaints and concerns regarding provision are treated seriously and are seen as a constructive part of school development. Parents should approach the class teacher in the first instance. If parents concerns cannot be satisfied the Headteacher is always prepared to investigate parents’/carers’ complaints. The Governing Body may be informed and asked to play a role, and ultimately the Local Authority may be advised of the complaint should parents feel that they have not received satisfactory responses or actions from the school. The school has a Complaints Policy available for further information. 

Key Points of Contact 

Address – Guernsey Road, Poole, Dorset, BH12 4LL  Telephone – 01202 746240 

Website www.winchelseaschool.co.uk 

Headteacher – Mr Geoff Cherrill   

Local Offer for SEND 

Poole’s Local Offer for parents and carers of children with SEND aged 0-25 years can be found here: 

http://www.poolefamilyinformationdirectory.com/kb5/poole/fis/localoffer.page 

Dorset’s Local Offer for parents and carers of children with SEND aged 0-25 years can be found here: 

https://www.dorsetforyou.com/local-offer   

Bournemouth’s Local Offer for parents and carers of children with SEND aged 0-25 years can be found here: 

http://www.parentcarerforum.co.uk/?page_id=4682#sthash.nDXlglIa.dpuf   

Term Dates 2020 - 2021

02 Jun 2020

Term Dates for 2020 - 2021 can be found here -  https://winchelseas.schoolzineplus.co.uk/term-dates Regards,Geoff CherrillHeadteacher

Parents Evening - 9th July 2020

01 Jun 2020

Please be aware that we WILL NOT be holding Parents Evening on Thursday 9th July. Regards,Geoff CherrillHeadteacher

Update - 21st May

21 May 2020

Good morning everyone! We now have a plan for after half-term! Your Class Teachers will be contacting you shortly to provide some details. If you have a missed call, please do not contact Reception as...

IMPORTANT UPDATE! PLEASE READ!

21 May 2020

Please see attached a letter from me to all Parents & Carers. This letter outlines our plan for extending the number of pupils accessing school from 1st June. Return_Letter_3.pdf Please contact us...

Free School Meals - Half Term

20 May 2020

Please can everyone be aware of the following -  - We will provide Free School Meal boxes over Half Term. - They will be available for collection and delivery on TUESDAY 26th MAY. - Deliveries wi...

Update - 18th May

18 May 2020

Good morning! Just a few things -  1. You should by now have started to receive calls from your class teams asking if you would like your child to return to school. Please be patient with us whil...

Letter from Geoff - Part 2

15 May 2020

Hi everyone! Please see the attached letter -  Return_Letter_2.pdf Regards,Geoff 

Letter from Geoff

12 May 2020

Good evening everyone. I hope you are all doing ok and still keeping safe! Please see the link below for a letter to all parents & carers. Letter_12th_May_2020.pdf Regards,Geoff CherrillHeadteache...

VE Day Assembly

08 May 2020

We have a very special VE Day Assembly on the Youtube Channel!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvxCm-EgoyQ Enjoy! Regards,Geoff 

Checking in...

06 May 2020

Good evening everyone! Just checking in. I hope you are all doing ok. Nothing new to report. As i've said before, please ignore any speculation in the press about a return to school. I have still not...

Consultation

05 May 2020

Please see the attached documents.  You will see that Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council  are conducting a consultation to –  Make our satellite site at Old Town Infan...

VE Day Commemoration

04 May 2020

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all ok and you had a good weekend. I am sure you are all aware that the Bank Holiday on Friday is to commemorate VE Day. In light of this, below are some resoures...

Checking in...

01 May 2020

Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing ok and keeping safe! Just a few quick things.. 1. There is a new assembly up on the Youtube Channel. 2. The gate will be open again over the weekend. Saturday and...

BCP Survey

29 Apr 2020

Dear Pupils & Students  We wanted to contact you, because we know school life has been very different, and it seems like a long time since everyone was all together at school.   We want...

Friday 8th May - SCHOOL CLOSED

28 Apr 2020

Please can everyone be aware that school will be CLOSED on Friday 8th May. However, please do not hesitate to contact your Class Teacher, Adam or me if you have any problems! Regards,Geoff CherrillHea...

Checking in...

26 Apr 2020

Hi everyone! Nothing new to report....just checking in! I hope you are all doing ok. Was nice to see a few more of you this week! Thank you so much for the video you made for the staff. It really was...

A huge thank you...

24 Apr 2020

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Danny and his staff at The Warmer Group! They have volunteered to deliver our Food Boxes to our FSM families. We are so grateful to them. It's another example...

Weekends

24 Apr 2020

Hi everyone, Just to confirm that we are opening the school gate from 11am to 1pm tomorrow and Sunday. Please be aware that we will do this every weekend until further notice! In case I forget to send...

Update - 21st April 2020

21 Apr 2020

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing ok! Just a quick update for you all... - We still do not have any idea about a date for when school will be opening as normal again. Please ignore any speculation...

Food Boxes for FSM

20 Apr 2020

Good morning! Can I please remnd all families in receipt of Free School Meals that your first weekly Food Box will be available for collection from school from 10.00am today. I am aware that a small n...

Friday 17th April 2020

17 Apr 2020

Hi everyone! Just a few things to mention -  1. There is a new assembly up on the Youtube Channel. Enjoy! 2. If you are trying to redeem a Free School Meal voucher code, please keep trying the we...

Fundraising

17 Apr 2020

Mr Josh is supporting our local NHS staff by raising money for much needed supplies for patients. If you would like to donate, please visit... https://www.gofundme.com/f/patient-supplies-drive-b039mth...

Happy Easter!

10 Apr 2020

Hi everyone! Just checking in. Hope you are all ok and you all have a lovely Easter weekend. The school gate will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 1pm as usual. As ever, please let us know...

Update

09 Apr 2020

Good morning everyone! Just a few things... 1. You may have read in the news some talk about schools opening again after Easter. I just wanted to confirm that this is not currently the case. I have no...

Checking in...

05 Apr 2020

Hi everyone, Just checking in! I hope you are all doing ok and you have managed to enjoy the weather over the weekend.  You may have read in the news that we will be offering Free School Meals to...

3rd April - PM

03 Apr 2020

Good evening everyone, I hope you've had a good day and you're all doing ok. I also hope you enjoyed the assembly! Please feel free to comment on the video! Just a reminder that we will open the schoo...

SALT Support

02 Apr 2020

If any of you require some extra support with communication resources, please contact the SALT department directly. They can help with Social Stories, visuals and other resources for you to use with y...

2nd April 2020 - PM

02 Apr 2020

Updated Guidance

01 Apr 2020

The DfE have updated their guidance for parents. It can be found here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers Regards,Geoff Cher...

Easter Opening - PLEASE READ!

31 Mar 2020

We will be open for the duration of the Easter holidays for children who have parents in key roles. All other children should remain at home. Please be aware of the following - 1. We will not be open...

31st March 2020

31 Mar 2020

Hi everyone! I hope you've all had a good day today!! I have added some helpful guidance for parents for when children go online on the Updates tab of the website. I hope they are useful. Nothing new...

Free School Meals

30 Mar 2020

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all ok and had a good weekend. Just a quick update on Free School Meals. The national Free School Meal Voucher Scheme is still not up and running. In the meantime...

Monday 30th March

30 Mar 2020

Good afternoon everyone. I hope you are all doing ok! Just an update on a few things -  1. Free School Meals We will be providing food for all families entitled to Free School Meals through our o...

Parent Information

27 Mar 2020

Please find attached some information regarding SEND children & families. If you have any questions, please get in touch. SEND_Letter_to_Parents.pdf SENDIASS_Letter.pdf SENDIASS_FactSheet.pdf Rega...

Friday 27th March - AM

27 Mar 2020

The only update so far today is.... IT'S TIME FOR A SING-A-LONG!!!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg9BzBLvpJ8 Regards,Geoff 

Friday 27th March - PM

27 Mar 2020

Hi everyone! Well, what a week that's been!!! I hope you are all doing ok. Thank you so much for your help and support this week. You have allowed us to be safely open for everyone who needed us to be...

Important Information

26 Mar 2020

Domestic Abuse As we all do our best to cope with coronavirus and the measures we are all taking to conquer it, our thoughts are with those adult and children living with abusive perpetrators. Where h...

Resources

26 Mar 2020

Please see attched for some recommended YouTube Channels and Websites. Website_Links_for_Parents.pdf I have added this to the Updates tab on the website too. Regards,Geoff CherrillHeadteacher

Thursday 26th March - AM

26 Mar 2020

Sorry about the flurry of messages this morning! I just needed to share some stuff with you all. I'm sure you're all going to be sick of me soon!! Just a quick message this morning.... I know some of...

Messages to Staff

26 Mar 2020

I have just posted a video and left the comments on. Please feel free to post any messages to your amazing school staff on this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwyoO_zM-RE All other videos will...

Thursday 26th March - PM

26 Mar 2020

Hi everyone! I hope you are all ok and you are keeping safe. If you haven't already been in touch with us about Free School Meals, please contact us tomorrow, as we are able to help you with this. If...

Wednesday 25th March - AM

25 Mar 2020

Hi everyone! I hope you're all doing ok and enjoying the sunshine if you can! Nothing new to update you on so far today, so a couple of reminders... Please keep getting people to subscribe to the YouT...

Wednesday 25th March - PM

25 Mar 2020

Good afternoon everyone! I hope you are all ok and everyone is managing to keep calm!! Again, I have nothing new to update at the moment. However, I understand a few of you are anxious about a couple...

Tuesday 24th March - AM

24 Mar 2020

Good morning! Thank you all so much for keeping so many of your children at home. Once again, we have been able to stay open for those families who need us to be open.  I have no doubt that many...

Tuesday 24th March - PM

24 Mar 2020

Todays afternoon message will be on the YouTube channel shortly! Please keep sharing the link! Regards,Geoff 

Monday 23rd March

23 Mar 2020

Good morning! Thank you all for your help today! I have a huge number of staff absent from school and your support has meant we can be open for those families who need us to be open. Please can I emph...

Staff Contact

23 Mar 2020

I know some of you are starting to feel really anxious. In case it helps, I have added class teacher email addresses to the 'Updates' tab on the website home page. Please feel free to contact your cla...

Monday 23rd March - PM

23 Mar 2020

Good afternoon everyone, We have had a good day today! The pupils in school have all been great. Thanks again for your support.  I don't have anything new to update but I just wanted to say somet...

Monday 23rd March - Evening

23 Mar 2020

Following tonights announcement, please can you keep your children at home unless absolutely necessary. I am extremely unlikely to have many staff available to me in the next few days. I need to be ab...

Sunday Update

22 Mar 2020

Happy Mothers Day to you all! Following yesterdays advice about social distancing, I wanted to be clear about a few things -  I wil open the school gate today between 11am and 1pm. You are welcom...

On a positive note...

22 Mar 2020

Next week, we will start looking at how to put in place some amazing ideas from staff for you all. This will include some video messages, book readings and some challenges for you to do at home with y...

Just remembered...

22 Mar 2020

Until further notice, children do not have to wear school uniform to school.  I know some of the children prefer to wear uniform and thats fine if they do! Whatever is easiest for you all! Regard...

Sunday Evening

22 Mar 2020

Hi everyone, I hope you've all had a good day. Again, it was lovely to see some of you earlier today. Big thanks to those staff who called in too! Tomorrow we will welcome back some of our pupils and...

Safeguarding

21 Mar 2020

Although this is an unprecedented situation, it is still vital that we continue to keep our children safe. To help with this, I have attached some safeguarding guidance for you all. We have also set u...

Saturday Update

21 Mar 2020

Hi everyone...hope you're all ok. Nothing new..just checking in. It was really lovely to see a few of you today! I will open again tomorrow from 11am to 1pm. I hope it helped! I think I will find a wa...

Update - Friday 20th March

20 Mar 2020

Good morning! I hope you are all ok and the children are safe and well! Please see attached the latest update. Covid_19_Letter_4_20_March_2020.docx Official_Key_Worker_List.docx If you have any questi...

Free School Meals Update

20 Mar 2020

If your child receives Free School Meals and you have chosen to keep them at home, please contact me if you are concerned about being able to provide food. We will help! I have a long term plan but ov...

Visual Support

20 Mar 2020

Work Packs for pupils remaining at home are now on their way to you. However, please find attached some visual support documents which might be useful to you.  Visual_Support.pdf Visual_Activitie...

Important Update - 20th March

20 Mar 2020

Good afternoon, Attached is the plan for next week. Please make sure you read through the plan and contact us if you have any questions. I will continue to provide updates over the weekend. Please kee...

Friday Message

20 Mar 2020

Hi everyone...hope you're all ok! Nothing new to update but wanted to ask you all a favour. I know all of our pupils are vulnerable but some of our parents have children with very complex and very cha...

Update

19 Mar 2020

Good Morning! I will provide an update for you all at around 10.00am this morning. In the meantime, please could you avoid calling the school office unless you are reporting that a child or family mem...

Provisional Plan

19 Mar 2020

Please see the attached letter. Please ensure that you respond to the requests in this letter within the requested timeframe. Covid_19_Letter_3_19_March_2020.docx A big thank you from me for your pati...

Transport Update

19 Mar 2020

I have been advised that, at present, the intention is to provide transport for those of you who are entitled to it and would like your children to attend next week. This may change due to staffing le...

Update

19 Mar 2020

Good afternoon!  I hope you are all doing ok! I would like to thank you all for your patience and support today. I really do appreciate it. We now have a plan in place for the rest of this term....

Support

19 Mar 2020

Over the past few days, we have been working to develop a number of things which may help families in the coming weeks. This is particularly important for those families with NHS staff. If any family...

Update

19 Mar 2020

Good evening everyone! I hope you are all keeping safe and healthy!  I don't have much by way of an update but I expect to get more information tomorrow. However, I have heard tonight that my ama...

Coronavirus Social Stories

18 Mar 2020

Dear Parents and Carers Please see attached social stories. Coronavirus_social_story.pdf Coronavirus_one_page_social_story.pptx Social stories are a way of simplifying information for children. Pleas...

School Closure

18 Mar 2020

Please be advised that I have taken the decision to close the school on Thursday 19th March & Friday 20th March. I have made this decision for operational reasons and NOT because we have any confi...

Message from Geoff

18 Mar 2020

I know that tonights news has created more questions than it has answered. Please do not worry or speculate about what may happen. I will be clarifiyng a few things in the morning and will then update...

Parents/Carers Support

17 Mar 2020

Dear Parents/Carers In order for us to support families at this challenging time please could any Parent/Carers who currently work in the NHS contact the school. This is simply so we can see if we can...

Update

16 Mar 2020

Please be advised that we have cancelled all swimming sessions until after the Easter holiday.  We will keep you updated with any other changes throughout this week. Thanks for your understanding...

Coronavirus Update

11 Mar 2020

Dear Parents/Carers Following the recent news about a confirmed case of the virus at a local gym, I have received a number of queries from Parents/Carers. The current advice from Public Health England...

Sport Relief - Friday 13 March 2020

11 Mar 2020

Dear Parent/Carer, On Friday 13 March, we will be raising awareness and money for Sport Relief. Details taken from the Sport Relief website provides information about how monies raised is spent: &lsqu...

Coronavirus Government Advice to Parents

11 Mar 2020

Dear Parent/Carer, Please find shown below the latest government advice to parents: What to do if pupils, students or staff in your institution are contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19. The defin...

Department for Education - Coronavirus Advice

11 Mar 2020

Dear Parent/Carer, Government Coronavirus Action Plan On Tuesday, the Coronavirus action plan was launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19),...