Springfield Infant School and Nursery

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Springfield Infant School and Nursery is a mainstream school part of the Orwell Multi Academy Trust that takes pupils aged 3 to 7 years old. The main building is on one floor with two levels with wheelchair access available throughout via a lift between the two levels. We have an onsite kitchen that provides hot and cold free meals for all our pupils. A 52 place Nursery is located in a portable classroom located on the playground.  There are 3 classes per year group with an average of 29 pupils per class, 7/10 of the classes have immediate access to an outside space. 


We believe that all pupils should be supported and encouraged to make the best possible progress. We aim to be as inclusive as possible within a mainstream setting. Reasonable adjustments will be made for children with SEND in accordance to the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2014.


“All children are entitled to an education that enables them to:

  • achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes and

  • become confident young children with a growing ability to communicate their own views and ready to make the transition into compulsory education “

    SEN code of Practice 2014 page 68


Under the new code of practice (2014)-pupils will be identified as having SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:


  • Have a significant greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or

  • Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or post -16 institutions.

These special educational needs will be identified in terms of four main categories of need. 


These need/s will fall into one or more of the following four categories:


  • Cognition and Learning

  • Communication and Interaction

  • Social, Emotional and mental Health Difficulties

  • Sensory and/or Physical Needs.


The school endeavours to support pupils across all of the broad areas of need where reasonably possible. We are fully committed to working in partnership with the pupil, parents/carers and outside agencies to identify needs, provide support for them and monitor the progress of all pupils across the school.


**If you are considering applying for a place at our school and you are aware that your child has additional needs we highly recommend that you arrange a visit to speak to either the Head teacher or the SENCO before application.