Renhold is an inclusive school, embracing the fact that every child is different. Therefore, we make every effort to meet the needs of any child, regardless of aptitude, ability or special need.
It is the school’s policy to welcome children with special educational needs. It is estimated that 20% of children will have a special educational need at some time during their school career, be it short or long term. This may be a need for extra help in a specific subject like reading or may be an emotional difficulty following, for example, a bereavement. Renhold VC Lower School is committed to integrating children with special educational needs. It also has a policy of positive intervention for any child experiencing difficulties in any area of the curriculum. The staff at Renhold Lower School is trained and experienced in many types of remedial and special needs teaching and has developed resources and methods to help children who are beginning to fail. If in-school resources prove to be insufficient there are outside agencies to call upon such as the Learning Support Service who provide specialised advice and have access to a variety of diagnostic tests. If extra support is required above and beyond that available through the school budget your child may be required to undergo formal assessment so that a statement of special educational need may be issued. This enables your child to receive extra non-teaching or teaching support in the classroom, which is financed by the Local Education Authority. It is reviewed every year and the child will be de-statemented when the support is no longer required. There are strict regulations about the statementing procedure, so if you wish to know more please come and see the Headteacher.
Any problems experienced by your child will be discussed with parents as soon as possible so that we can work as a partnership to help overcome them.
The named Governor for Special Educational Needs is Mr Chris Watson, and the Special Needs Co-ordinator for the staff is Mrs Andrea Ward. The Headteacher also has a specialist qualification in this area.
Below are some documents which explain fully our approach to SEND. If you require any further information or if you have any concerns regarding your child, please contact our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) Mrs Ward:
email: [email protected]