SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
We do our best to identify children with special educational needs as early as possible. Any concerns are shared with parents and then together we decide how best to support the child’s learning difficulty or, in the case of a more able child, how to challenge their special abilities. Loseley Fields Primary School has a special educational needs policy that is up-dated on an annual basis. A copy of this policy is available from the school office.
The child will usually be supported within the general classroom situation but may be able to work in small groups for short periods of time with either the class teacher, the headteacher or a Learning Support Assistant. The assistance of the Educational Psychologist and other Learning Support Services will be sought if necessary. Pupils with statements of special educational need are provided with a Special Needs Assistant to support them in the classroom, using funding provided by the LA.
It may be necessary for us to contact other agencies, such as speech and language therapy, to ensure that your child is able to fully access their education. On these occasions we try to ensure that you are kept fully informed of any meetings or assessments that have been arranged on their behalf and that copies of any reports are forwarded to you.
The River Centre
Surrey County Council have refocused their provision for children with learning difficulties following a county wide review. From September 2004 eight specialist centres attached to mainstream schools were opened across the county to meet the needs of statemented children with learning difficulties who require specialist support.
In September 2005 the centres would support Year 3 and Year 4 children and grow year by year until September 2007 when up to 18 pupils from years 3 to 6 can be supported. Additional teaching and non-teaching staff work within the school to support the children with the aim of including the children as much as possible.
For admissions there is an annual countrywide panel process, which is used to ensure that children are selected who would benefit from the specialist support at the centre and who meet the criteria for admission. Further details of these arrangements can be obtained from your local education office or from the school office.
The River Centre at Loseley Fields Primary School is one of these specialist centres.
Arrangements for pupils with disabilities
Admission criteria for children with disabilities will follow the admissions policy agreed by the school’s governing body (this policy is enclosed in our prospectus).
All pupils within Loseley Fields Primary School are treated equally. Expectations of achievement and effort are high and each child is asked to do their best at all times, achieving together. Extra assistance will be provided for any child unable to achieve their potential, whatever the reason.
The school is currently on one ground level with the exception of the building at the rear of the school which has two levels. This building has no lift. We would ensure that any child with disabilities had full access to our curriculum, making arrangements to move classrooms if necessary. Full disabled access is provided to the main area of the school in addition to disabled toilet facilities.
Loseley Fields Primary School is an inclusive and supportive school enabling all pupils to have equal access to learning.