‘The School’s SEND Information Report’

January 2021  
At Gilbert Scott Primary School, we strive to support all children to achieve in learning for life.
In order to do this many steps are taken to support them through their learning journey. Quality teaching is vital; however for some children there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them to achieve their potential.

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Locality SEND Support Information


Arrangements to meet the Needs of Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

All Croydon schools are committed to and adopt a similar approach to meeting the needs of all pupils, including those with special educational needs and disability. There is a shared expectation that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, will benefit from inclusive teaching, which will enable them to make the best possible progress in school, ensure they can actively participate in the wider aspects of school life and support readiness for the next phase of education and/or preparation for adulthood.

At Gilbert Scott Primary School we aim to be a truly inclusive school. We provide education for all abilities, develop the potential of every pupil, in a learning environment where fairness, understanding, success and discipline are pursued, within an atmosphere which promotes racial and social equality.

The school’s Inclusion Quality Mark was renewed in 2019.

The Special Needs Co-ordinator is:

Jan West.  Contact –  jwest@gilbert-scott.org

Other support staff for pupils with SEND are:

Donna Adams

Lorna Sumsion

Gemma Peel-Boyce

Leigh Chipping

Lesley Coker

Gemma Irwin

Helen Stevenson

Julie Thompson

Julie Williams

At Gilbert Scott Primary School we are able to offer mainstream education, with high levels of knowledge and expertise in special educational needs, as well as an Enhanced Learning Provision (ELP) for children with Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD).

Gilbert Scott Primary School will use its best endeavours to ensure the necessary provision is made for any pupil with SEND. In doing so, the school will fulfil the statutory duties and best practice guidelines set out in the Department for Education Code of Practice for SEND.

Enhanced Learning Provision

The Enhanced Learning Provision, known as ‘The Nest’, is a 14 place unit for children with Moderate Learning Difficulties.  The Nest is made of the three classrooms where children are taught in flexible groups according to their needs.  There is also an enclosed outside play area.

Our Nest Team include three fully qualified teachers and experienced learning coaches who have training and experience of working with children with SEND.   We have an attached Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist who work closely with the staff to continuously set and review targets, model new targets and support staff to deliver those interventions to the Children.

Throughout the year, the SENCO runs regular open days to enable parents/carers to visit the ELP, ask questions and find out more about our provision. Please call the office on 0208 6574722 if you would like to visit (COVID restrictions omitting).

Pupils in the ELPs are placed at Gilbert Scott through the SEND placement panel usually held in the Spring term, and have an Education, Health and Care Plan or Inclusion funding.

For further information regarding the ELP, please click here.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Class Teacher

The class teacher is responsible for:

  • Adapting and refining the curriculum to respond to strengths and needs of all pupils;
  • Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivery of any additional support required to support progress within everyday teaching.

If it has been agreed that a pupil child requires additional SEND support the class teacher will also contribute and oversee delivery of personalised SEND Support Plans.

If you have concerns about your child, you should speak to your child’s class teacher first. Depending on the outcome of these discussions, you may have follow up meetings with the school’s SENDCo.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCO) – Jan West

1. Coordinating provision for children with SEND and developing the school’s SEND policy
2. Ensuring that parents are:

  • Involved in discussions to identify key strengths and areas of difficulty
  • Involved in planning provision to overcome barriers to learning
  • Regularly included in reviewing how well their child is doing
  • Consulted about planning successful movement (transition) to a new class or school

3. Liaising with a range of agencies outside of school who can offer advice and support to help pupils overcome any difficulties
4. Providing specialist advice and facilitating training to ensure that all staff are skilled and confident about meeting a range of SEND.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Principal – Paul Thomas

The Principal is responsible for the day to day management of all aspects of the school, including the provision made for pupils with SEND.

Roles and Responsibilities of the SEND Governor – Jennifer Robins

Supporting school to evaluate and develop quality and impact of provision for pupils with SEND across the school.

This report, setting out our approaches to meeting needs of pupils with SEND, will be updated at least annually.

We welcome your feedback and views on how helpful this information is and recommendations about how we can make it clearer or include other information.

Please also see our SEN FAQs page.