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Special Educational Needs and Disability Information (SEND)

Special Educational Needs and Disability Information (SEND)

At Gamesley School, we believe that all our children have an equal right of access to a broad and balanced curriculum which enables them to achieve educational success and to reach their full potential. All children within the School, regardless of their level of ability and any disability or special educational needs they may have, are valued for their individual contributions. We aim to meet each child’s needs and make reasonable adjustments to enable children and their families to participate fully in the life of the School.

Derbyshire’s Local Offer sets out information about the local authority’s provision for children with SEN or who are disabled. Please click here to read our Local Offer.

The School’s special educational needs co-ordinator (SENDCO), Ms Caroline Sutherland, class teachers and teaching assistants cater for children’s varying needs and abilities through carefully planned and differentiated activities. Some children need particular support during their time at primary school, either for a short period of a few terms, or more continuously. We seek to identify and assess such ‘special educational needs’ promptly, in consultation with parents. Where appropriate, we develop an individual education plan (IEP) in consultation with the child’s teacher and parents. We also actively seek and take into account the views of the child with the aim of engaging all children with their own learning objectives. Children may receive help individually or in a small group according to their individualised programme. Their progress is regularly monitored.

Colleagues from outside agencies such as Behaviour Support, Specialist teachers, Autism Outreach, educational psychologists, education welfare and family support workers, as well as health professionals such as speech and language therapists – are involved for the small proportion of children for whom more specialist support and advice are needed.

In line with the special educational needs and disability code of practice 2014 and its predecessor, children with Education, Health and Care plans are offered a place at Gamesley, providing we are confident that placement at the School is suitable for the child’s age, ability, aptitude or special educational needs. We also take into consideration compatibility with the efficient education of other pupils with whom the child would be educated and the efficient use of the available resources.

Please click here to view the School’s comprehensive Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy which includes the annual SEND Information Report.

Ms Caroline Sutherland can be contacted by ringing the school on 01457 853721 or emailing

Arrangements for handling complaints from parents of children with SEND about the support provided by the school click here to view our Complaints Policy.