Low Furness CofE Primary School
Low Furness CE Primary School is located in the village of Great Urswick. We are very proud of our spacious outdoor area which includes a wood and lots of outdoor buildings including a woodland cabin and a poly tunnel. We are also the proud owners of a brood of hens. Low Furness CE Primary school provides education from the age 3 to 11 years. We also provide a breakfast club and after school club.
Our aim is the development of each individual child and to enable them to fulfill their potential in all areas. We deliver a broad, rich and balanced curriculum which is designed for the development of the whole person. Social, emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual, aesthetic and cultural development will take place throughout their time in school. Curiosity and enthusiasm for learning are fostered in our children.
We encourage positive behaviour from our children with the intention that pupils gain independence of thought and action along with a realisation of the consequences of such action for their own well-being and happiness – and that of others. The children are made aware of the responsibilities of being part of a community. They are encouraged to be actively involved in the local community and to appreciate the inter-dependence of our community and the world beyond. This is underpinned by our Christian Values of Forgiveness, Friendship, Honesty, Hope, Kindness, Love, Peace, Respect, Tolerance and Trust, which were agreed and defined collectively by our children, staff, governors and local church members.
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Mrs Sue E. Little
- Contact Position
- 01229 588708
- Low Furness CofE Primary School
Where to go
- Low Furness CE Primary School
- LA12 0ST
The aim of our school is to provide a broad and well-balanced curriculum for all the children in our care. Using the National Curriculum as our starting point we plan to meet the specific needs of each child, setting appropriate learning challenges, and responding to the diverse needs of the children. We have wide access and ramps around school and large classrooms suitable for wheelchair users.
Please click on the link below which will take you to detailed information on the school website.
- Contact Name
- Mrs Tracey Tracey (SENDCo)
- Contact Telephone
- 01229 588708
- Contact Email
- 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?
If you think your child needs any extra help or support you can speak to your child's class teacher, the Head Teacher or SENDCo . We have an open door policy so you are welcome to come and speak to us at anytime. School may identify that your child has an extra need in which case you will be informed immediately. Children will be given an individual pupil plan (IPP) where needed. If we feel further support is needed we will complete an Early Help Form and access help from outside agencies.
- How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?
If your child has extra needs you will be having regular contact with your class teacher and SENDCo to discuss progress attainment and needs. Your child will be supported throughout their school life by a differentiated curriculum, individual pupil plans, teaching assistant support, intervention groups and social and emotional interventions. Advice will be sought from outside agencies as and when needed.
- How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?
We have the advantage of some mixed aged classes so lessons are already highly differentiated. We use the creative curriculum to guide our planning, the children talk about what they already know and what they would like to learn. Children with special educational needs will have an individual pupil plan or one page profile and the support of teaching assistants where needed. We seek the help of other professional to support our planning and differentiation where needed. We have the advantage of a large outdoor area including a wildlife area and pond, this means a lot of our learning can be outdoors.
- 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?
We have three parent / teacher evenings a year and a yearly report which goes out in the summer term. We have an open door policy so you are welcome to speak to the class teacher at any time. Children who have an extra need will share their individual pupil plan or one page profile with their parents, the plan will be agreed with the parent's support, this will happen three times a year additional to Parent/teacher consultations. If your child has an EHCP you will have a 6 monthly or 12 monthly review meeting. Parents and all professionals involved with your child will be invited to this meeting so we can all plan their education and next steps together. In the Key stage 1 tapestry is used for pupils with special needs and this is a good way for you to see what is going on in school.
- What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?
Our Christian ethos and links with the Church helps children to be kind and have an understanding of difference and diversity. We have a prayer and spiritual area where children can go for a quiet reflective time. All classes have weekly PHSCE lessons and circle times. We have a SERIS worker in school who is available all week. We have a Teaching Assistant trained to deliver Lego therapy. We have lots of after school clubs for children of all ages to access.
If the child or family has problems we will support them through team and family meetings, through the Early Help process.
We have many jobs and responsibilities for the children to carry out, including: animal care, school council, eco council, sports leaders and many more.
We have a disabled toilet suitable for changing and cleaning children.
- What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?
We have many specialist staff working in school including; SERIS worker, Lego therapy and a sports teacher. The SENDCo is reading intervention trained, she also takes part in regular training throughout the year. We also have many outside professionals we work with including; speech and language therapists, educational psychologist, specialist advisory teachers, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, CAMHS, pupil referral unit, community nurse.
- What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?
All teachers are qualified with QTS, teaching assistants are qualified with NVQ 3. The SENDCO has a National Award for SEN Coordination (NASC). We have a trained SERIS worker. Staff regularly go on training courses to support their work with special needs, for example, dyslexia. The SENDCo is reading intervention trained, she also takes part in regular training throughout the year.
- How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
All children, whatever their need or ability can access the full curriculum and extra curricular activities. Children take part in many sporting events competitive and non- competitive. All classes have school trips and in KS2 the opportunity to go on residential's. All children take part in all trips regardless of their need.
If children are struggling within school they will have support of teaching assistants.
- How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment?
The school is on one level throughout. All the doors and entrances have a wide access. Ramps are in place to gain access to playgrounds. The wildlife area is accessible for wheelchairs. All classrooms are accessible by wheelchairs. We have a disabled toilet for the children to use, the children's toilets all have hand rails.
- 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?
When children start at Low Furness we have visit days, home visits and staggered starts if needed. During their life at school we have move up days and transition work before moving to a new class.
Children have visits to the local secondary school, UVHS, for sports and ICT opportunities. During year 5 and 6 the children have transition visits. The SENDCo at Low Furness has regular contact with the SENDCo at UVHS.
We will organise personal transition plans for each child depending on their needs.
- How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
If a child has an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP), resources are allocated with the support of staff, parents, educational experts and the child.
The SENDCo, Head Teacher and class teachers decide which resources are allocated to which child, depending on the need.
- How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
If a child has an Educational Health Care Plan, resources are allocated with the support of staff, parents, educational experts and the child.
The SENDCo, Head Teacher, class teachers and specialist teachers decide which resources are allocated to which child, depending on the need.
- How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?
We have an open door policy in school, Parents and friends are always welcome. Parents come into classes to support reading and lots of other lessons. We have a strong group of parents and friends (Friends of Low Furness) who run regular events and coffee mornings raising money for the school.
School has regular events which parents are invited to, Church Services, assemblies, Grandparents Day, sharing afternoons, charity fundraising days and many more.