Heron Hill Primary School
Heron Hill is a 2-form entry primary school with nursery (for 3 to 11 year olds), set in extensive grounds on the southern edge of Kendal. Our school is a dynamic place, with fantastic outdoor spaces and there is always something extra going on. I am extremely proud of our children who never cease to amaze with their sporting prowess in competitions, artistic creations, drama performances and musical abilities, both in school and out.
To enhance the curriculum, every year group plan several visits each year and we regularly have exciting visitors to school. Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 enjoy residential visits each year and we try never to miss an opportunity to join in other events in and around Kendal.
Over recent years we have had children joining us throughout the year and across the year groups and the community always makes newcomers very welcome. The exceptional ethos of the school: respect for all, working to the best of your ability and the exemplary behaviour, along with extremely high levels of care, have been consistently praised by Ofsted but more importantly, are regularly remarked upon by visitors to the school or wherever our children come into contact with the public.
Our school motto “learning together, playing together, growing together” is the goal we strive to achieve every day; to provide opportunities for each and every child to learn and develop fully and reach their potential to become confident and independent learners.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Heron Hill Primary School
- LA9 7JH
At Heron Hill School we are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all of our pupils whatever their needs or abilities and irrespective of ethnicity, attainment, age, disability, gender or background.
For full details of Heron Hill School's Local Offer / SEND Information Report, please visit the school website.
- Contact Name
- Miss Fiona Madigan (SENCo)
- Contact Telephone
- 01539 721276
- Contact Email
Heron Hill Primary School - Policies & Statements
Heron Hill Primary School - Inclusion, SEN & Disabilities Policy
- Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (5-10 years)
Early Years (0-4 years)
Schools Extended Local Offer Response
- How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?
We have close relationships with parents, carers and our feeder nurseries. Class teachers are encouraged to raise concerns and have discussions with parents and relevant colleagues. All staff are aware of expected development at different ages and have expertise in identifying additional special educational needs (SEN).
If you have a concern about your child’s development please raise this with the class teacher in the first instance.
- How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?
Class teachers are responsible for the education of all the children in their class. They plan the education programme for children who have or may have Special Educational Needs (SEN) with support from the school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). Where appropriate, children may be supported by an additional adult. This support could be in class, in a small group outside the class or one-to-one with a teaching assistant.
The school has a nominated governor for Special Educational Needs who reports directly to the governing body.
- How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?
High quality teaching, differentiated for individual pupils, is the first step in responding to pupils who have or may have SEN. Additional intervention and support may be appropriate in some cases.
This will enable your child to access the full curriculum and any other activities provided, alongside their peers.
- How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?
In addition to the school’s normal reporting arrangements, we also have an ‘open door’ policy to enable more informal and frequent conversations with you and your child.
The progress of each child is carefully monitored and tracked on a regular basis. This, along with other information gathered, informs staff on the next steps for your child.
Progress and targets are discussed as part of the school’s normal reporting arrangements.
In some cases, your child may require an individual support plan or behaviour management plan which will be drawn up in consultation with you and your child and reviewed regularly. For some children with profound and lifelong needs an Education Health and Care Assessment may be requested with advice and support from external agencies.
Where appropriate we signpost parents to relevant agencies within the communities who can offer further support to you and your child.
- What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?
A wide range of class activities plus small group interventions are used to support the wellbeing of children with SEN and to promote positive behaviour.
The school follows statutory guidance in the administration of medicines and provision of personal care.
We have a whole school Positive Behaviour and Discipline Policy which applies to all members of our school community. We have a zero-tolerance approach to bullying; our approach is outlined in our anti-bullying policy.
- What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?
Our SENCO is a teacher who holds the National Award for SENCO Co-ordination from Leeds Beckett University.
In addition, there is a wealth of experience and expertise in the school staff including those trained in Reading Intervention, Maths Recovery, Numbers Count, Team Teach and Paediatric First Aid.
There is access to counselling and family support services for any child within the school.
Referrals can also be made to other agencies including the school nurse, speech and language specialists, Action for Children, educational psychologists and specialist advisory teachers.
- What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?
Staff share expertise through collaborative training opportunities within Kendal Collaborative Partnership (KCP) as well as accessing local, national and online training. Individual staff development needs are identified and met as part of the formal appraisal process
- How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
We are a fully inclusive school. Please refer to the school's Inclusion & SEN Policy for details.
- How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment?
Our school is on a single level with disability access ramps where needed. We also have disabled toilets. For more details, please refer to the school’s access plan
- How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?
We have strong links with local nurseries and secondary schools and with other local primary schools.
Yearly transitions within school are carefully managed to support children’s wellbeing.
A range of transition strategies are put in place to support children at the end of key phases – eg transition plans, extra visits, holiday activities.
Where possible new schools are invited to attend transition meetings to share information about your child and to ensure a positive transition. In all cases there will be liaison and communication between the schools.
- How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
We aim to allocate resources appropriately to meet the needs of all children with special educational needs.
- How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
The decisions about the type of support your child needs will be based on discussions between all interested parties including you as a parent/carer. Within the school budget there is an allocation for special educational needs. The Headteacher, SENCO and governing body make decisions regarding funding, which is regularly monitored and reviewed.
- How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?
Parents are consulted and involved at all levels. We have an 'Open Door' policy and work in close partnership with parents. We encourage parents and family members to volunteer in school.