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North Walney Primary, Nursery and Pre-School 

At North Walney Primary and Nursery School, we believe in providing a rich, stimulating environment to motivate all our pupils from ages 2 to 11 years. We are a vibrant, forward thinking school and we value the importance of our families and the local community. The school aims to be a community in which each individual respects and cares for each other.

We encourage pupils to be confident and independent in their learning. Our ultimate aim is for all our pupils to achieve the best they can, so that they are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and challenges that adult life will bring.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Miss C Mountford
Contact Position
Head Teacher
North Walney Primary Nursery & Pre-School

Where to go

North Walney Primary, Nursery and School
North Walney Primary
Duddon Drive
LA14 3TN

Local Offer


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.

Please click on the links below which will take you to detailed information on the school website.

Contact Name
Miss Mountford (SENCo)
Contact Telephone
01229 471781
Contact Email
SEND 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?

Progress, including social and emotional development, is carefully monitored every half term by class teachers and the Headteacher.  Any concerns are then discussed with parents as we value parents’ opinions. Together we can then discuss support.

We firmly believe that children learn best when they are happy and so if any parent has any concerns for their child the initial contact point will be the class teacher.

How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

How will school staff support my child?

  • All children are provided with 'Quality First Teaching'
  • Children with special needs have Individual Pupil Plans (IPP) put in place, outlining targets and strategies to support your child.
  • IPP’s are reviewed regularly with the child and shared with parents.
  • The school SENCO meets with outside agencies, and any child needing support will be identified to the relevant professionals and given any support necessary.
  • If a child requires Speech and Language support, school, with the permission of the parents, will put in a referral.
  • Children identified as needing extra support will have interventions put in place.
  • Some children may require further support and interventions delivered by outside agencies and an Early Help Form will be completed with permission of the parents.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?
  • All children are provided with ‘Quality First Teaching’.
  • Class Teachers plan lessons according to the specific needs of all groups of children in their class, and will ensure that your child’s needs are met.
  • All lessons offer challenge and support necessary for each child to learn and where necessary differentiation occurs through the work set, questions asked and support given.
  • Specific resources and intervention strategies will be used to support your child individually and in groups.
  • Planning and teaching will be adapted on a daily basis if needed to meet your child’s learning needs.
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?
  • Children’s progress is shared with parents throughout the year during parents evening.
  • We have an open door policy at North Walney Primary, Nursery and Pre-School and welcome parents to come in and discuss their child if they have any concerns, with the class teacher or the SENCO.
  • If teachers have concerns they will contact parents to discuss them and listen to any concerns that you may have too.
  • The class teacher or SENCO will speak to you regarding any referrals to outside agencies to support your child’s learning.
  • Individual Pupil Plans are discussed and reviewed with parents each term.
  • All children are tracked using school’s data tracking.
  • Annual reports are written for every child.
What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?
  • Overall wellbeing of pupils at North Walney Primary, Nursery and Pre-school is a main priority within the school. If staff have any concerns regarding a child, parents are informed immediately so we can seek parental advice and together put a support package in place.  Equally we encourage parents to inform us of any concerns they may have about their child/children.
  • We ensure that all children are supported socially and pastorally by staff, who know the children well.
  • Any child requiring additional support due to social and/or emotional issues is able to work with one of our Teaching Assistant who is specifically trained to support children’s emotional needs.
  • All children take part in our Values Assemblies each week and are inspired to be the best they can be and their successes celebrated.
  • PSHE has a high priority in the school curriculum. Weekly lessons are based on themes which change every half term.
  • We offer a wide range of activities within school to support social and emotional development such as school visits, educational and residential trips.  All the children in Years 1 to 5 have regular visits to Water Park, an outdoor education centre situated on the shore of Coniston Water. All these visits are linked to our Values Assemblies and PSHE.
  • The children in year 5 and 6 have the opportunity to take part in the Inspiring Barrow Kickstart Programme.  This course helps children to improve communication, confidence, teamwork and resilience through a skills building programme.
  • School has a behaviour policy which is known, used and adhered to by all staff across the school.
  • Children who need specific support with their behaviour will be identified and support offered. This support will range from extra support in the classroom, to interventions and support advised by the Pupil Referral Unit.
  • We promote and celebrate excellent attendance.
  • Parents are supported and school will send texts or ring home to query a child’s non-attendance at school.
  • School has its own Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) who will support school and parents with ensuring children attend school regularly and on time.
What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?
  • School has direct access to a wide range of services all of which can support both parents/carers and children. These agencies include: speech and language, CAMHS, Educational Psychologist, Pupil Referral Unit, Local area SENCO, Social Services, Paediatricians and Health Visitors.
What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?
  • All staff are trained in First Aid
  • The SENCO attends a half termly meeting with other local SENCOs (Furness Inclusion Group) to discuss and share resources available locally.
  • The SENCO provides in-house training on developing Individual Pupil Plans and around specific requests from staff, or as necessary to support a particular child or group of children.
  • Where necessary, specialist training is brought into the school. For example, a specialist teacher recently delivered Basic awareness training for Autism.
How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
  • We are fully-inclusive and all children attend all events and trips and are encouraged to take part in all activities both within and outside of school.
  • Where necessary, extra support will be provided to ensure full participation by all children and parents are fully-informed as to the trips and activities open to every child.
  • Risk assessments are carried out and procedures are put into place to enable all children to participate.
How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment?
  • We have wheelchair access, unfortunately this is not possible throughout the whole of the building.
  • There are facilities for disabled changing and toilets which can accommodate wheelchairs and support individuals with a disability.
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 recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.

 If your child is joining our school:

  • We encourage parents and children to visit the school and meet their new teacher prior to joining the school.
  • A member of the Senior Management Team will either show the child and parents around school or be available to answer any questions

If your child is moving child to another school:

  • We will contact the school SENCO and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that need to be made for your child.
  • We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.

When moving classes in school:

  • Information will be passed on to the new class teacher in advance.
  • Your child will have transition visits to meet the class teacher and become familiar with their new classroom.

In Year 6:

  • The teacher and SENCO will discuss the specific needs of your child with the SENCO of their secondary school.
  • Where possible your child will visit their new school on several occasions and in some cases staff from the new school will visit your child in this school.


How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
  • All classes have additional support staff, who are well trained and very experienced.
  • Additional provision may be allocated after discussion with the class teacher at pupil progress meetings or if a concern has been raised by them at another time during the year.
  • Resources may include deployment of staff depending on individual circumstances.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
  • These decisions are made in consultation with class teacher and Senior Leadership Team.
  • Decisions are based upon termly tracking of pupil progress and as a result of assessments by outside agencies.
  • During their school life, if further concerns are identified due to the pupil’s lack of progress or well-being then other interventions will be arranged.
How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?

If you wish to discuss your child’s educational needs, please contact the school office to arrange a meeting with the Head Teacher, Miss Christine Mountford. 

Last updated: 11/05/2020
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