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 free school 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. 

 

The SEND Code of Practice (2015) says that a child has a learning difficulty if ‘he or she has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools’.  We have developed significant expertise in knowing when this applies to a pupil and can differentiate between SEN and other additional needs. 

 

“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 (2015)-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.

 

Pupils with SEND are regarded as full members of the school community.  We aim to include them in all opportunities, both curricular and extra-curricular.  This may involve a degree of forward planning and the establishment of extra resources.  It may also involve the preparation of a Risk Assessment or behaviour support plan and careful consideration of the health and safety of all our pupils and staff. 

 

**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.

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