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Thornhill Primary School 

Thornhill is a small, village Primary School just outside Egremont and is part of the West Lakes Multi Academy Trust. We are a passionate and friendly school and we are proud of the achievements of all of our pupils and staff when working together. We are firmly of the view that by working together we can achieve more for everyone. We go the extra mile to offer the very best we can – not only to pupils but to the whole community too. This means that we offer a range of extra-curricular, community and public events, classes and projects. As a result, we are delighted that we have a fantastic relationship with the village and a number of community groups and organisations. 

We want to give our pupils the best education they can get, to set them on the right tracks for the rest of their lives, and our track record speaks for itself. We have been rated good by Ofsted, and our results show that we always help our pupils achieve all that they can, and provide excellent added value. We will work together to create a safe, caring, stimulating and motivating environment where every child is encouraged and supported to succeed and reach their full potential, both academically, creatively and personally, enabling them to become successful citizens of the future.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Wendy Figes
Contact Position
Executive Headteacher
Telephone
01946 820402 (Telephone)
E-mail
admin.thornhill@westlakesmat.org.uk
Website
Thornhill Primary School

Where to go

Name
Thornhill Primary School
Address
Ehen Road
Thornhill
Egremont 
Cumbria
Postcode
CA22 2SJ

Other Details

Availability

Referral required
No

Local Offer

Description

Thornhill Primary School is a fully inclusive school and we ensure that all of our pupils are able to access all aspects of learning and school life during their time with us. We provide a nurturing and supportive ethos for pupils to enable them to make progress within an environment where they feel safe and secure. Many pupils will have some form of special need during their time in education but the term ‘special educational needs’ refers to pupils who have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than other pupils of the same age.

Identifying a suitable school for a child can be a difficult process, particularly if the child has some form of special educational need. Our School Offer describes the provision available in Thornhill Primary School and sets out our commitment to providing high quality learning for all of our pupils. We describe our Offer by addressing a series of questions typical of those raised by families of children with Special Educational Needs of Disabilities (SEND). We hope that this information will assist parents in making a decision that is right for their child but we would always encourage prospective parents to contact the school to arrange a visit. This would enable them to meet staff, view our provision and talk about their child’s unique needs.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school and make an appointment to see the Executive Head teacher Wendy Figes

We welcome pupils from our immediate community as well as beyond and we strive to meet the individual needs of all. 

Contact Name
Mrs Wendy Figes (Headteacher & SENCo)
Contact Telephone
01946 820402
Contact Email
office@thornhill.cumbria.sch.uk
Links
Thornhill Primary School - SEND Page
Thornhill Primary School - Send Offer
Thornhill Primary School - SEND Report
Thornhill Primary School - School Policies
Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (5-10 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?
  • Some children may arrive in our school with arrangements already in place to provide them with additional support for their learning. For others, their needs will only become apparent once they have been with us for a little while. How we identify pupils with special educational needs:
  • Pupils are observed during all aspects of learning and school life.
  • Our staff are highly skilled and experienced in detecting if there is a concern with a pupil and how they learn and progress.  Staff refer concerns to our SENCo who will seek advice from external services where appropriate.
  • If a pupil is causing particular concern, they may be referred to an external agency who will visit the school to speak to staff and conduct an observation enabling them to prepare a report giving advice on the best way to meet the pupil’s needs. If this happens, you will always be informed in advance to ensure that you are happy and understand why this action is being taken.
  • We have excellent assessment and tracking systems that quickly highlight where pupils are failing to make progress.
  • We work closely with parents and carers and value personal communication.

What you should do if you are concerned: 

  • In the first instance, you should raise any concerns with a member of staff that works with your child. This may be their key worker in the Early Years or their class teacher.
  • If you continue to be concerned or need further advice, please make an appointment to speak to the Head teacher, she is also the school’s SENCO. It is likely that she will already be aware of your concerns as your child’s key worker or class teacher will have shared this information with her.
  • If your concerns are not dealt with to your satisfaction, you do have the option to follow the school’s complaints procedure which is available on our school website. Please be aware, though, that we are not always in control of the outcome with regards to special educational needs when external agencies are involved. However, we can assure you that your concerns will always be handled to the best of our ability as we give parent partnership the highest priority.
How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

School staff will work closely with you to ensure that a manageable and achievable plan is in place in school to support your child. Their needs will be clearly identified and outcomes and targets will be set and reviewed regularly with school staff and yourself.

The people who support pupils with special educational needs in our school:

Class teachers

  •  It is your child’s class teacher that is responsible for the education of your child, regardless of any special educational need.
  • They will monitor the progress of your child closely and will plan any additional support in consultation with the SENCO.
  • They will liaise with you on a day to day basis to ensure that you are fully involved in the planning process and understand any additional provision for your child.

SENCo

  • Mrs Figes, our Head teacher, currently works as the SENCo
  • Our SENCo will coordinate all the support for pupils with special educational needs and develop the school’s policies and procedures to ensure that all pupils get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs in school.
  • Our SENCo will provide support and guidance to school staff to ensure the best possible provision.
  • Sometimes the SENCo will seek support and guidance from external agencies to ensure that every child’s provision is exactly what they need.
  • If your child’s needs are considered to be severe, the SENCo will work closely with the Local Authority to secure additional resources to support your child.
  • The SENCo will work closely with the SEN governor and ensure that the Governing Body is kept up to date on any issues relating to special educational needs in the school.

Senior teaching assistants

  • Most of our pupils with special educational needs are supported within school by our highly skilled and experienced team of senior teaching assistants. Pupils may be supported in lessons or they may be part of some form of intervention programme which is specifically targeted to their unique needs.

Head teacher

  • The head teacher is responsible for the day to day running of all aspects of school life and this includes support for pupils with special educational needs.
  • She will ensure that all staff have the training and resources that they need to ensure that they deliver the highest quality provision to all of our pupils.

SEN governor

  • The SEN governor liaises with the SENCo in school to ensure that the necessary provision is in place for any pupil attending the school who has special educational needs.

External agencies and specialists

  • There are a range of professionals who come into school to support our provision for pupils with special educational needs. These include speech therapists, school nurses, health visitors, educational psychologists and speech and language therapists.
  • Specialists will often observe pupils in school and provide written reports to assist in meeting their needs. They may recommend making changes to the way a pupil is taught, set targets for improvement or suggest additional specialist packages of support.

What the support looks like in our school:

High quality class teaching

  • All teachers have the highest expectations for your child and all others pupils in the class.
  • Teachers will ensure that teaching focuses precisely on what your child needs to learn and reflects any individual targets that they have.
  • Teachers will use a variety of teaching styles and strategies to ensure that your child is fully involved in learning.
  • Teachers will put in place specific strategies, as suggested by external agencies or the SENCo, to support your child in their learning.

Small group intervention work

  • Where specific gaps in learning are identified and it is considered appropriate for your child to receive additional intervention, the class teacher will work closely with a senior teaching assistant to plan a programme of work to address this. This intervention may take place within a small group of pupils with similar needs.
  • Your child’s progress within this intervention group will be closely monitored and provision adapted where appropriate.

Individual support

  • Where your child has quite unique, specific needs, it may be appropriate for them to have individual support to ensure that they are able to access the curriculum.
  • Individual support may take place within the classroom setting to allow them to access the normal curriculum or outside of the classroom with a modified curriculum.

Specialist intervention

  • If your child has specific needs that require an external professional, they may work with them within school on a specific programme.

Statutory assessment

If your child’s needs are considered to be severe or complex, and this has been confirmed by an external specialist such as our educational psychologist, we can request that the Local Authority carry out a statutory assessment of your child’s needs.

This process involves a lot of information gathering but it may result in a Education, Health Care Plan being written for your child. This will outline the support that your child should receive, both from the school and the Local Authority, and will set long and short term targets for progress.

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

Thornhill Primary School uses the National Curriculum as the basis for its teaching and has developed curriculum plans that fulfil statutory requirements and meet the unique needs of our pupils. We aim to be fully inclusive and ensure that all pupils have access to this curriculum and we do this in the following ways:

  • Teachers plan learning with the specific needs of all pupils in mind, differentiating accordingly.
  • Sometimes pupils are taught in ability groups to ensure that teaching meets their exact needs.
  • Pupils are set individual targets for improvement.
  • Specific resources may be used to support pupils.
  • Senior teaching assistants support the learning of pupils within the classroom.
  • Pupils with Statements of Special Educational Need or Education, Health Care Plans may have specific programmes of work planned for them by the staff that support them.
  • Pupils with special educational needs are encouraged to partake in all out of school activities and learning and are given additional support to enable them to do so. This includes day trips and residential visits.
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?
  • At the beginning of every academic year, you will be given the opportunity to meet with your child’s class teacher to discuss any concerns that you may have.
  • In January and April you will be sent a brief Pupil Progress Report informing you how your child is performing against age related expectations in reading, writing and mathematics. If your child’s performance is causing any concern, you will be asked to attend a meeting with their class teacher to discuss how this will be resolved.
  • In July, you will be sent your child’s end of academic year report informing you of their progress in all areas of the National Curriculum. If you have any concerns, you will be given the opportunity to meet with your child’s class teacher to discuss this.
  • If your child’s class teacher has any concerns at any other time of the year, they will meet with you to discuss this.
  • Any child who has an Individual Education Plan as a result of a Statement of Special Educational Need or Education, Health Care Plan will have the opportunity to meet with the class teacher and SENCo every term to review progress.
  • Class teachers are very approachable and will always be willing to speak to you if you have any concerns or require information. You may need to arrange a suitable appointment but they are always willing to chat.
  • School staff will provide whatever advice and support is needed to enable you to support your child’s learning.
  • We will adapt homework tasks when appropriate.
What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

In Thornhill Primary School, providing a supportive, nurturing ethos is one of our strengths. Our pupils feel happy and safe here which is the perfect basis for high quality learning. We intervene quickly and effectively to support any pupil who is experiencing difficulty or is unhappy or unsettled. We support your child’s well-being in the following ways:

  • Our curriculum is designed to support children in keeping themselves safe from harm and developing a happy, healthy lifestyle.
  • All staff and volunteers receive Level 1 Safeguarding training and are skilled in identifying child protection issues and knowing what action to take.
  • Our behaviour policy is based upon a system of rights and responsibilities and it sets high expectations for all pupils who behave extremely well and have positive attitudes to learning.
  • We are able to ‘signpost’ families to external agencies when specialist support and guidance is needed.
What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

Within school:

  • Our SENCo has many years of expertise and is committed to ensuring that she has an excellent understanding of SEND issues and developments.
  • Staff have gained considerable expertise in the area of SEND and access regular professional development to maintain and develop their skills.
  • Our family support worker has an excellent knowledge of the range of services that are available to support pupils and their families and she can access additional resources where appropriate.

Outside school:

  • Pam Fairhurst is our educational psychologist and she supports a number of pupils currently, working closely with the SENCo.
  • Amanda Hulse is the school nurse attached to Thornhill Primary School.
  • We work with a number of local health visitors.
  • Tracy Norquay and Jane Edgar are the Speech and Language therapists currently working with our school.
  • We work closely with the Howgill family centre.
  • We use the services of a number of Specialist Advisory Teachers including those for Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?
  • Staff professional development is given the highest priority and each year we have a training plan which sets out the development needs of staff.
  • All staff receive general special educational needs training as part of their induction programme upon appointment.
  • Additional training is planned according to the specific needs of pupils at any one time.
  • Staff are involved in whole school professional development on SEND issues and developments.
  • Staff attend individual training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of pupils that they are working with.

The training and qualifications held by school staff include:

  • Autism levels 1 and 2
  • Positive handling
  • Identifying dyslexia
How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment?

Wheelchair Accessibility

  • Most areas of the school are wheelchair accessible including the Early Years Unit, Key Stage 1 and the main reception area and hall.
  • Disabled visitors can use the school car park to make their access to the building easier.

Auditory and visual adjustments

  • As yet, the school has had no need to make any alterations to our environment.

Toileting and changing facilities

  • We have a disabled toilet and changing facility in the hall as well as changing facilities in the Early Years unit. Communication with parents/carers whose first language is not English
  • When necessary, we will use technology to support EAL by using translating facilities.

We are committed to inclusion and would take whatever steps necessary to ensure accessibility for all pupils who wish to attend Thornhill Primary School

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?

Regardless of special educational need, before any child joins our school, we encourage them to visit us, have a look around and meet our staff. We will then consider their unique needs before planning a programme of support for their transition into the school.

Generally the following would apply:

Admission into our Early Years unit

  • If your child joins our Early Years unit, either as a two year old, a three year old or into our reception class, the following provision is in place:
  • Your child will be allocated a key worker to support their transition into school and provide you with advice and guidance on making the transition as happy and successful as possible.
  • Your child’s key worker and another member of Early Years staff will usually offer to carry out a home visit to observe your child in their own environment and give you the opportunity to share information that you consider to be important.
  • If your child is joining us at the beginning of an academic year or term if they are in nursery, you will have the opportunity to attend an induction meeting for parents.
  • You will be given a Parent Information Pack containing an information booklet and a number of leaflets advising on school policies and procedures.
  • If your child is moving from another educational setting, staff here will make contact and speak to their SENCo to gain all information needed including your child’s Learning Journey. On occasions, we may also arrange to observe your child in the setting.
  • Staff will plan any adjustments necessary to the environment or curriculum to ensure that your child’s needs are met.
  • When necessary, a multi-agency meeting will be called to bring together all the professionals currently working with your child and share information.

Admission into Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2

If your child joins our school at any time other than the Early Years, the following provision is in place:

  • The SENCo will liaise with the school that your child is transferring from to ensure that information about their progress and development is gathered.
  • The SENCo may observe them in their own school to aid the information gathering process.
  • The SENCo will meet with you to discuss any concerns that you may have about transition.
  • You will be given a Parent Information Pack containing an information booklet and a number of leaflets advising on school policies and procedures.
  • Staff will plan any adjustments necessary to the environment or curriculum to ensure that your child’s needs are met.
  • When necessary, a multi-agency meeting will be called to bring together all the professionals currently working with your child and share information.

Transition to another school

If your child leaves us to join another school, for example moving onto secondary school, the following provision is in place:

  • The SENCo will liaise with the new school to ensure that all information is passed on.
  • A member of staff will take your child to visit the new school so that any worries or concerns can be addressed.
How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
  • Thornhill Primary School is committed to raising attainment and supporting pupils with special educational needs.
  • A significant proportion of our overall school budget is allocated to special educational needs provision and such resources are allocated according to the needs of our pupils at the time.
  • Resources include senior teaching assistants, specialist equipment and training.
  • Decisions about the allocation of resources are made at the beginning of the financial year when the main school budget is prepared. However, there is flexibility within this budget to reallocate resources if the need arises.
  • All special educational needs provision is approved by the school’s Governing body and is reviewed and evaluated on a regular basis with changes made as needed
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
  • Every pupil with special educational needs is different and we consider this carefully when reaching any decisions about the support that they receive.
  • We will work closely with any external specialists as well as parents to prepare a support package that meets a pupil’s unique needs.
  • The targets and objectives contained within a pupil’s Individual Education Plan will always influence any decision made about the nature of provision. If a pupil has a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Education, Health Care Plan, these targets and objectives will be derived from advice contained within those.
Last updated: 04/07/2021
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