The SENDCO for Park House Primary School is Mrs A Harris, you can contact her via the school office or via firstname.lastname@example.org. Our SEND governor is Mrs Shepherd.
Admission to School:
The admission arrangements for ALL pupils are in accordance with national legislation, including the Equality Act 2010.This includes children with any level of SEND; those with Education, Health and Care Plans and those without.
In common with other maintained schools, the Local Authority (Derbyshire County Council) administers admissions into the school.
If you have any questions you can contact the admission's team on 01629 533190.
Check out the link to the Derbyshire County Council's admission's page below:
You can make arrangements with the office to visit the school and meet the SENDco to discuss your child's particular needs.
What facilities do we have?
Park House Primary School is a Victorian building with stairs into the hall from the main building. There are ramps from outside into the building and we have a portable ramp for the hall. Classrooms are fitted with blinds. We have two group rooms adjacent to the school playground.
We have a tarmac playground, multi-use games area (MUGA), a small field with cricket square, an area for football and also a two wooden trim trails.
At Park House Primary School we have adopted a whole-school approach to SEND policy and practice. All staff are committed to the principles and aims of this policy. Pupils identified as having SEND are, as far as is practicable, fully integrated into mainstream classes. Every effort is made to ensure that they have full access to the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and are integrated into all aspects of the school.
All teachers are responsible for identifying pupils with SEND and, in collaboration with the SENDCO, will ensure that those pupils requiring different or additional support are identified at an early stage. Assessment is the process by which pupils with SEND can be identified. Whether or not a pupil is making progress is seen as a significant factor in considering the need for SEND provision.
Early identification of pupils with SEND is a priority. The school will use appropriate screening and assessment tools and ascertain pupil progress through:
Assessments made will be through:
Code of Practice Graduated Response
The school adopts the levels of intervention as described in the SEN Code of Practice. The Code of Practice advocates a graduated response to meeting pupils’ needs.
Where it is determined that a pupil does have SEND, parents will be formally advised of this and the decision to add the pupil to the SEND register is made. The aim of formally identifying a pupil with SEND is to help school ensure that effective provision is put in place and so remove any barriers to learning. The support provided consists of a four-part process.
This is an ongoing cycle to enable the provision to be refined and revised as the understanding of the needs of the pupil grows. This cycle enables identification of those interventions which are most effective in supporting the pupil to achieve good levels of progress and outcomes.
This involves clearly analysing the pupil’s need using the class teachers’ assessment and experience of working with the pupil, details of previous progress and attainment, comparisons with peers and national data, as well as the views and experience of the parents. Advice from external support services and staff will be sort if appropriate and with the agreement of the parents.
Planning will involve consultation between the teacher, SENCO and parents to agree the adjustments, interventions and support that are required; the impact on progress, development and/ or behaviour that is expected and a clear date for review. Parental involvement may be sought, where appropriate, to reinforce or contribute to progress at home. This plan will be recorded in the form of a Target Planning and Reviewing document which will be shared with staff, parents and the pupil.
The class teacher remains responsible for working with the child on a day to day basis. They will retain responsibility even where the interventions may involve group or one to one teaching away from the main class teacher. They will work closely with teaching assistants to plan and assess the impact of support and interventions and ensure links with classroom teaching. The SENDCO will support with further assessment of the pupils' strengths and weaknesses.
Reviews of a child’s progress will be made regularly. The review process will evaluate the impact and quality of the support and interventions. It will also take into account the views of the pupil and their parents. The class teacher, in conjunction with the SENCO, will revise the support outcomes and based upon the pupils' progress and development make any necessary amendments going forward, in consultation with parents and pupils.
Referral for an Education, Health and Care Plan
If a child has lifelong or significant difficulties they may undergo an Education, Health, Care Needs Assessment which may be requested by the school, parent, health or social care. This will occur where the complexity of need or lack of clarity around the need of the child are such that a multi-agency approach to assessing that need, to planning the provision and identifying resources is required.
The decision to make a referral for an Education, Health and Care plan will be taken at a progress review.
The application for an Education, Health and Care Plan will combine information from a variety of sources including:
Information will be gathered relating to the current provision provided, action that has been taken, and the preliminary outcomes of targets set. A decision will be made by a group of people coordinated by Derbyshire County Council (including professionals from education, health and social care) about whether or not the child is eligible for an EHC Plan. Parents have the right to appeal against a decision made by the Education, Health, Care panel.
What is the Local Offer?
Derbyshire County Council's SEND Local Offer is an online one-stop shop for parents and young people to find out about all the services and support on offer to children and young people from birth to 25 who have special educational needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in the area. Derbyshire County Council, along with all other local authorities, are required to publish information about services they expect to be available in their area. Derbyshire County Council's Local Offer is available here: https://localoffer.derbyshire.gov.uk/. It tells parents how to access services and support in Derbyshire and what to expect from these services, including details of Higher Needs Funding and Education and Health Care Plans.
What should I do if I have a complaint?
We value working with parents and pupils, if you or your child is unhappy or has a complaint please come and speak to us.
Initially, the class teacher or SENDco will be happy to discuss your complaint.
However, if you wish to speak with the Headteacher then please ring 01246 851185 to make an appointment.
If your concerns have not been resolved then please find further information in the complaints policy available from the school admin team.