We are committed to meeting the needs of all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We would ask parents to discuss the identified needs with the school, prior to starting, so that appropriate intervention and support can be planned and implemented. Advice from the LA or other agencies may be requested to ensure the school can meet any needs appropriately.
Full details of the admission arrangements can be found in the Primary and Secondary Admissions brochure produced by Durham County Council.
Applying for a school place if your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of SEN
Children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (or Statement of Special Education Needs) follow a different admission and transfer process for a new school. Please continue to complete Durham County Council’s parental preference form, as part of the admission process to a new school. You continue to have a right to request a particular school and this will be considered alongside the information that we have about your child’s special educational needs. The information would have been provided as part of the Education, Health and Care assessment or following the review meeting.
At Annfield Plain Junior School we recognise how important a successful transition is to our pupils with additional needs. We work in partnership with our feeder Infant and secondary schools to provide an enhanced level of transition for those who we feel would benefit from this. This may take the form of additional visits for pupils, one to one / small group working with feeder school staff or pupil and PSA (Parent Support Advisor) support. The period of transition depends on the individual needs of the pupil.
If it is felt appropriate we will attend Year 2 Annual Reviews and secondary colleagues will be invited to the Year 6 Annual Reviews to meet the current class teacher, parents and most importantly the pupil. We have found this strategy particularly useful in easing any worries or concerns parents and pupils may have.
We are particularly keen to involve parents/carers as much as possible in their child’s transition to our school and the feeder secondary schools. School staff will take opportunities to work alongside parents/carers to visit the schools in advance of placement applications being submitted to the Local Authority. This ensures parents/carers can make the most informed placement decision for their child. When a place has been allocated to the child, parents are fully involved and consulted at all stages of the transition process.
The SEND, Equality, Accessibility Plan, Anti-Bullying, Behaviour and Medical Needs policies can be found on our policies page.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.