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SEND Information Report

Welcome to our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities pages. We hope you will enjoy reading about the variety of ways in which Hogsthorpe Primary Academy is able to support SEND students to reach their full potential.

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator/Headteacher is Karin Nicholls. Our Special Needs Assistant is Denise Clarke.

At Hogsthorpe Primary Academy we welcome everybody into our community. We believe that all our pupils should be provided with the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential.

We are committed to narrowing the attainment gap between SEND and non-SEND students. This may include after school interventions, short-term intervention learning or other learning interventions developed on an individual needs basis.

We have good attendance at Hogsthorpe Primary Academy as students want to come to school to experience our high quality learning environment.

If your child has a disability and you would like to know more about what we offer at Hogsthorpe Primary Academy contact us on
01754 872323 or e-mail us at

For more information on particular aspects of our SEND offer, please click on the links below:

What should I do if I think my child has special educational needs?

If you think your child has special educational needs or are worried about their progress in school please talk to your child’s class teacher. This may lead to further discussions with the SENCO assistant and/or the Headteacher.

How will the school respond to my concern?

We will listen to your concerns and discuss the issues with you. This may require a longer meeting if necessary. We will continue to share information between home and school. We will take our time looking into your concerns and finding the right route forward. We will review issues in a timely manner.

How will the school decide if my child needs extra support?

We make these decisions looking at the individual child. Through discussions with parents and child and perhaps other professionals we will find a way forward that is best for your child.

What will the school do to support my child?

Each child is an individual so the support we put in place is individual to your child, although they still may be working in the class or in a small group. We will plan to meet their needs with you and find the best way to help your child. This will then be overseen by their class teacher as well as the SENCO assistant and the Headteacher. We have a very strict assess, plan, do and review 6 week cycle so that we can keep your child moving forward and making progress.

How will my child be involved in the process and be able to contribute their views?

Your child will be actively encouraged to join in the evaluation of their needs and the assess and review cycle. This may be through pictures, discussion or any way that they can get their views across.

Who will support my child in school?

We have a vast range of very experienced staff in school trained in a wide range of areas. We will use this expertise to support your child. We are forever learning new skills and coming across new challenges as a staff we are always learning.

We also have the support of the specialist teaching service, the educational psychology service, the speech and language service, the school nurse and many other agencies.

What support will there be for my child’s emotional and social well-being?

We pride ourselves on our open family atmosphere. We have strict codes of behaviour that allows pupils to feel safe and cared for in school. We are able to administer most medications if needed by the children.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

We have outstanding teachers who are skilled at matching the curriculum to the needs of the individual child. This may be done in a variety of ways, for example, through differentiation for ability, using cooperative learning, through small group work, or using ICT. We will find the right way to unlock your child’s potential.

What opportunities will there be for me to discuss my child’s attainment and achievement? How will I know how well my child is progressing?

We have an open door policy in school and you are welcome to come and discuss your child’s progress at any time convenient to the teacher. We also use home school diaries as a means of communication. As well as having 3 review meetings per year. If you are worried just pop in and see us.

How does the school know how well my child is doing?

We are constantly tracking your child’s progress and attainment. As a staff we meet about every 6 weeks to discuss the progress of every child in school. This may be based on formal assessment (testing) against age related expectations or it may be teacher assessment or pivats assessment. Your child will have targets which are reviewed regularly to enable your child to progress.

How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including trips?

We do try to take every opportunity for ‘real life’ learning. We will support your child to be involved in these activities too.

How accessible is the school environment? How accessible is the curriculum?

We are a small school and are limited in the facilities we can offer. We do have disabled access. We adapt our curriculum to the needs of our children.

How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school?

We always encourage visits to the school by both parents and children before even deciding to take up a place. We work together with you to give your child the best start in school, whether it is a graduated start, or just being put with a buddy for the first few days while your child finds their feet, or anything in between.

How will the school prepare and support my child to transfer to a new setting?

With transition into secondary school we start the transition process as early as possible with taster days at their new school as well as meeting their new teacher and preparing the new school to support your child.

Being a small school the transition from infant to junior is very easy. Your child will already know their class teacher and they will spend a few days in their new class towards the end of the year in order to get settled.

How can I be involved in supporting my child?

Because you will have been involved in the formulation of the programme to support your child you will know what to do to support them at home. This will involve reading regularly with your child, supporting them in their homework, but may also be something more specific to meet your child’s needs.

How can I access support for me and my family?

Visit the Local authority website at to find out what help is available to you and your family.

Who can I contact for further information?

Please contact Karin Nicholls or Denise Clarke on 01754 872323 or e-mail: