Special Educational Needs

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

SENCO: Mrs Leanne Ho, Tel: 0208 892 1654, email: lho@orleans.richmond.sch.uk

Inclusion Manager: Mrs R Bennett

Leader of Learning: Mrs L Aguilar

Orleans Primary School is fully committed to meeting the needs of all the children who live in our local area. We are proud to be an inclusive and nurturing school that is fully prepared to offer the highest quality provision for all. This includes those children who have an Educational Health Care Plan. We currently have 8 pupils in the main school (including nursery) with an EHC plan. This represents 1.5% of our pupils’ population – which is below the national average. We feel that it is beneficial for children grow up understanding that they are not all the same and learn to respect difference and diversity.

We also have 33 children on our SEN Register. Those on the register are supported by having a termly individual education plan (IEP) that contains targets for improvement and the strategies that will be put in place to achieve these targets. The Register is updated on a half-termly basis. Support strategies are put in place to help them make progress and if necessary removed from the SEN register and will be monitored by the SENCO and the Inclusion Manager. 

Despite this additional support, some children continue to find learning very hard and their progress is limited.  In these circumstances, the school requests advice from other professionals.  Advice may be sought from an educational psychologist; a speech and language therapist; an occupational therapist or a physiotherapist.

Admission arrangements

The school’s governing body is committed to an inclusive admissions policy. We are also sometimes sympathetic to requests to admit SEN pupils with an EHCplan.  We are, however, mindful of the capacity within the school to meet the needs of a very large number of pupils with complex needs. The financial costs and management time costs incurred result in us having to judge whether the admission of another pupil with complex SEN is compatible with the provision of efficient education for other pupils. Admission requests are therefore considered on an individual basis.

We have high expectations for all our pupils, including those with SEN. We expect them to succeed and look to overcome any barriers they may be experiencing which are hindering their academic or social progress. These pupils are treated like everyone else. Many receive additional support, but we are always careful about the possibility of stigmatisation, or a pupil missing out on a much loved subject, like PE.

Some extra support is offered in class; on other occasions we withdraw pupils for a set period of time.

In these circumstances we always think carefully about the timing of withdrawal and take steps to avoid a pupil re-joining their class in mid session.

Access facilities for pupils with SEN and our accessibility plan

We have an up-to-date access plan and this ensures that the needs of physical disabilities are not discriminated against, but instead given every advantage to access all parts of the school site.

Our SENCO has prepared a report for parents and carers providing Special Educational Needs and Disability Information.  The report is available to read below

The SEN local offer page can be found here with further details below: www.kr.afcinfo.org.uk

Address

Orleans Primary School, Hartington Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 3EN