Grimes Dyke Primary School

  1. Inclusion and Safeguarding
  2. SEN : What we offer and FAQs
      “The way your school helped my children develop both academically and 
emotionally is truly fantastic and I cannot thank you enough.
Every member of your staff has the children’s well being as their
number one priority” Parent


Inclusion at Grimes Dyke

Grimes Dyke Primary is an inclusive school, with every child and every adult (including parents, staff, governors…) being a valued member of Team GD.

We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils. This means that equality of opportunity and high expectations is a reality for all our children, as our school motto says ‘Enjoy, Aspire, Achieve’. It is the ethos of the school that all our pupils feel valued, are a part of the school community, become lifelong learners who embrace challenge and reach their potential.


“ Leaders have ensured that the additional funding for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is used effectively. There is a strong team whose members ensure that pupils who have additional needs are identified, and individual reviews of how well pupils are doing are carried out in a timely fashion.

Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are currently keeping pace with other pupils. Sometimes they make better progress because the support they
have from teachers and other adults is tightly focused on specific skills and knowledge. Pupils who have speech, language and communication difficulties are also supported well, and generally make good progress.”

" (OFSTED Oct 2017)


What we offer all children

Grimes Dyke Primary School provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all children. Our curriculum builds on the National Curriculum and ensures that learning happens in an engaging creative way.

All children’s academic needs are met through carefully planned and differentiated work, which encourages children to be independent yet push themselves to achieve. Teachers are skilled in adapting work for all abilities whilst maintaining high expectations. We believe in providing the best possible provision for pupils of all abilities. We plan our teaching and learning so that each child can aspire to the highest level of personal achievement.


Frequently Asked Questions


Who is the SENCo?

All SEN provision is  managed and  co-ordinated by the SENCO, Mrs Helen Lenton. The SENCo monitors, reviews and evaluates all SEN provision on a regular basis throughout the year. Any SEN funding may be spent on additional services, additional staff, additional training and resources to meet the needs of pupil with SEN.


What do I do if I think my child or young person may have special educational needs?

 If you have concerns about your child, talk to their classteacher first. You might want to do this at a parents’ evening session or make a separate appointment to see them. You can also make an appointment to see the school’s SENCO, Helen Lenton, who organises provision for children with special educational needs.

How will school support my child?

At Grimes Dyke Primary School, appropriate provision for your child will be put in place following assessment depending on what their need is. For most pupils extra help will be provided in the classroom and managed by the classteacher. This could include individual support during whole class teaching and individual learning, small group support and additional activities. For some children, outside support may be arranged in the form of sessions with the school’s Speech and Language Therapist (Miss Sharon Hird), an Educational Psychologist, SMART,  Occupational Therapist, Inclusion workers etc.

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

The curriculum is differentiated well to enable access and to meet the needs of all our children. Group and individual  interventions are put in place to help children close the gap and to boost levles of learning.  If your child has more complex, specific or general learning needs which affects their levels and progress, they may have a LEARNING PASSPORT, a plan that details specific targets and any special arrangements. These will be regularly reviewed and new targets set. Parents are involved in the process and will be sent copies of these.

How will I know how well my child is doing in school?

At Grimes Dyke Primary School, we assess all our children’s learning on an on-going basis and we analyse data at least four times a year. Progress of individuals and groups are discussed with senior leaders in meetings called Pupil Progress Meetings.  We hold two Parents’ Evening sessions in which parents/ carers discuss the progress of their children. The SENCO, the Deputy Headteacher and the Headteacher will be available during these meetings for further discussion and support where necessary. Alongside this, there will be other SEN review meetings at various points of the year. The SENCO and your child’s teacher are available to discuss your child’s progress and next steps at any time should you wish to make an appointment.


How will you help me support my child's learning?

Parents / carers can support their child’s learning by helping your child to complete homework, including creative homework projects that involve parents, attending parents’ meetings, attending assemblies, performances and celebration events. We also deliver a number of parent workshops that support parenting e.g. Drug Proof Your Children, Share Parenting group, Mad Science. Parents are kept informed about teaching and other events through checking our website, texts from school to mobile phone and the school newsletter. Teaching staff are also available to meet with if a parent needs advice about supporting their child’s learning.

How accessible is the school?

The school is fully accessible on two levels and has appropriate access, ramps, stair lifts and we have a care suite for children with individual medical needs and  disabled users. The school works effectively with relevant professionals to enable children with specific needs to attend the school e.g. Physiotherapists, School Nurse and Occupational Therapists.

What support will there be for my child's overall wellbeing?

Grimes Dyke Primary School’s caring and supportive ethos is often commented on by parents, pupils, visitors and new members of staff:

The emotional and social needs of our pupils are a priority for all staff and the school works hard to provide the highest standard of pastoral care for our pupils. The school’s Inclusion Team including our team of three mentors works throughout the school to support vulnerable pupils and families. 

We have a nurture provision, The Den where 8 children with the highest SEMH needs go every afternoon and have a curriculum delivered that matches their needs.

We run groups; friendship group, self esteem, anger management, postive relationships. We support children in a group who have experienced Domestic Violence, who have experienced loss, separation or bereavement. We plan and deliver programmes on transition to high school life skills, sex and relationships education for the more vulnerable children,  PANTS work (self-protection programme).

The school considers training in Child Protection of paramount importance. Staff are all trained in Child Protection procedures and the school has two members of staff who are the designated members of staff for Child Protection; Helen Lenton and Yvette Chapman. Pupils’ safety is also extremely important and pupils at Grimes Dyke Primary School are made aware of how to keep safe in and out of school and also how to keep safe when using the internet including social media.

What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed by the school?

We work with a wide range of professionals who provide us with specialist advice. These include the Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist, SMaRT, Place2B, Occupational Therapist, School Nursing Team, STARS Team (support for pupils with autism), Hearing and Visually Impairment Team and others.

What training are the staff supporting children with SEN having/had?

Staff have taken part in regular training. The whole school staff team have weekly training and over the last year have focused on many areas including  SEN new changes, maths curriculum, child protection, speech and language training and Wave 3 interventions to use with specific children.

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

At Grimes Dyke we go that extra mile to ensure all children, regardless of need, can access in and outside school activities and will deploy the necessary staff to ensure this happens. This includes residential visits and after school clubs.

How will the school help my child on transfer to the next phase of their education?

All pupils participate in “Transition” starting in the second week of July in the Summer Term. During these weeks, all pupils go to their new classteacher and other support staff and take part in lessons in their new classroom. Alongside this, teaching staff meet to discuss the pupils’ progress, attainment and other information. Where necessary, parents of pupils with additional needs are invited to meet the new teaching and support staff, if requested.

Transition to high school is very important for pupils with SEN and the SENCO meets with specific staff from high school to ensure a smooth transition.

Extra visits to high school are arranged and facilitated by school for vulnerable children. We have a good track record for successful transition to high school.

How are the schools resources/funding allocated and matched to children's needs?

The school is funded on a national formula per pupil. Blocks of £6,000 are allocated using a formula linked to the number of pupils entitled to Free School Meals. School have to use this to meet most children's special educational needs.  The school can apply for extra funds to top-up, based on strict criteria, if it is felt that a child’s needs are above that which can be provided through the £6,000 block.  The children who meet the criteria usually have significant, complex and lifelong needs.  The school uses the additional funds to put appropriate support in place to meet the specific needs of a child. This may take the form of a key worker to support the child to in individual programmes, develop independence and access all areas of the curriculum.

How are parents and carers involved in the school?

Parents are kept informed of teaching and learning events via Friday assemblies, coffee mornings,  school newsletters, text message service, school website and Parents’ Evenings. Individual classes hold curriculum events to which parents are invited, known to our children as WOW celebrations, where we share our learning or launch a new topic. There is a weekly celebration assembly to which all parents / carers are invited, coffee mornings and a PTA “Friends of Grimes Dyke Primary School”. We are also very proud of the number of volunteers we have in school.  Parents are also invited to a wide range of performances and concerts throughout the year.

Who can I contact for further information?

We hope you have found many of your questions answered here. However if there is anything elase we can help you with please contact either Miss Hill (Headteacher) or Mrs Helen Lenton (SENCO)

Tel no: 0113 2941066

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What do parents think about SEN/D at Grimes Dyke Primary School October 2019?