Like most schools, we have a number of pupils at Grinling Gibbons, who have additional educational needs.
Such needs may include:
- Physical or sensory needs
- Communication difficulties
- Behavioural issues
- Learning difficulties
- Medical conditions
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
There are also circumstances in which a child may need extra support, e.g. because they have an allergy, they are new to the country and speak very little English, or they have recently experienced bereavement.
Children with additional educational needs may need extra help and support from us. At Grinling Gibbons, we have a dedicated Inclusion team who provide support for these children. The support we provide to these pupils is co-ordinated by our SENCo and Inclusion Manager. We liaise with a range of agencies such as the speech and language therapy service, occupational therapy, community paediatric team, New Woodlands Outreach team, Educational Psychologist team and Drumbeat outreach team.
Monitoring children’s progress
We provide learning which meets the needs of each and every child. If the school has concerns about the progress a child is making, steps will be taken to provide a support plan within school for that child and we will monitor closely what progress is made with this extra support. The governor who has responsibility for special educational needs is Catherine Bennett.
When, despite relevant, sustained and purposeful intervention, a child continues to experience significant and persistent learning difficulties the school may submit a detailed report to the Local Authority requesting that the child undergo a statutory assessment of his/her additional educational needs. The aim of this assessment is to decide if the child should be given further additional individual support through the provision of an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).
Our aim is to ensure that all pupils’ needs are met, as well as supporting and guiding parents and carers. If you require any help or advice, or are concerned that your child may have additional educational needs, please do not hesitate to contact Sophia Ricketts, our School Inclusion Manager, via the school office.