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Distington Community School 

Distington Community School is for boys and girls aged 3 - 11 years. We are very lucky to have a modern, purpose-built school with a sports hall and an arts room/ kitchen. Our grounds include exciting areas for children to learn and play. These include a wood (planted by our children), a pond and an adventure playground for your child to experience and enjoy.  

Children will work in a variety of ways within each class and will also work for short times out of the class, in small groups and individually as the need arises. Children with special needs will have a special plan (Individual Education Plan) designed to their needs. 

Where needed, specialist teachers will come into school for example, a hearing therapist. Parents of children with special needs will be kept informed of their child’s progress. Children identified with above average ability will also have individual programmes written for them, to support their advanced learning needs. Such abilities are identified throughout the curriculum for example, sporting and artistic talents are given equal importance as mathematical or linguistic flare. Simply, we will always aim to meet the needs of your child.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Angela Quirk
Contact Position
HEAD
Telephone
01946 830526 (Telephone & Fax)
E-mail
admin@distington-comm.cumbria.sch.uk
Website
Distington Community School

Where to go

Name
Distington Community School
Address
Church Road
Distington
Workington 
Cumbria
Postcode
CA14 5TE

Local Offer

Description

Distington Community School provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all children, which is differentiated to meet individual needs and abilities. 

We strive to support all children to enable them to achieve their best. We understand that children may have SEN throughout, or at any time during their school career.

Teachers take into account, in their planning and delivery of lessons, a child’s special educational need and the provision made therefore enables them to participate effectively in all curriculum and assessment activities, in addition to broader aspects of schools life. However, for some children there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their targets such as; outside agency support, 1:1 support or additional intervention sessions.

Contact Name
Mrs Cheryl Sanderson
Contact Telephone
01946 830526
Contact Email
admin@distington-comm.cumbria.sch.uk
Links
Distington Community School - SEN Local Offer
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?

Teachers will contact any parent if they think their child is having difficulties accessing the curriculum. Parents will be invited into school for a meeting with their child's teacher and the school's SENCO. At this point an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be created to focus on key individual targets which a member of staff will work on with your child.  

If parents have any concerns about their child the first point of call should always be their child's class teacher. The SENCO and Head teacher will also be available to speak to if the parents wish.

 

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

If required a differentiated curriculum will be provided if needed. This may involve, differentiated activities, support from staff or a more visual, practical activity focused on the child's individual needs.

  

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

Children are assessed on a termly basis, teachers then identify gaps in each child's learning and plan lessons which will allow children to gain a greater knowledge of these areas.

Children who have significant gaps in their learning are provided with extra lessons in the form of targeted intervention.

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?

Teachers will hold termly meetings with all parents including those parents who have children on the SEND register.

If a child is showing signs of finding it difficult to access the curriculum teachers will call parents in to discuss the next steps.

Parents who have concerns are encouraged to speak to teachers regularly either by informally speaking with teachers at the beginning or end of the day or by ringing school and making an appointment.

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

At Distington Community School we have highly skilled teachers and STA's who work alongside each child. The school is a small school and all adults are aware of each child's individual need.

Children are encouraged to appoint a trusted adult who they can contact with any concerns they may have.

What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

Several members of staff are trained in Paediatric First Aid, Team Teach, Dyslexic training, Autism training. All members of staff who work closely alongside children with SEND are provided training from out of school professionals on each child's needs.  

The school also works closely with a number of professionals including: Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Area SENCOs.

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?

Several members of staff are trained in Paediatric First Aid, Team Teach, Dyslexic training, Autism training. All members of staff who work closely alongside children with SEND are provided training from out of school professionals on each child's needs.

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

All children are included fully in all activities provided at Distington Community School.

How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment?

The School is on one level, disability toilets and doorways are available.

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?

The school works closely with the local secondary schools and organises extra transition days in school and at the child's new school if needed.

Children can also attend the schools nurture group for extra support to develop social skills needed for transition of schools.

How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

Each child on the SEND register will receive extra support with their IEP targets and in class support from the class teachers and Senior Teaching Assistants.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

Support is given to all children throughout the day. Children will be encouraged to develop independence skills when it is appropriate. The class teacher will generally decide when children on the SEND register receive in class support. 

All children on an IEP will be given ten minutes daily to work on their IEP targets with a member of staff.

Children who are on EHC Plans will receive one-to-one support dependent on the amount of hours given in their plan.

How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?

The school has a PTA group which meets on a regular basis. Parents can be involved in fundraising and carrying out pupil voice questionnaires. 

Parents are also encouraged to come in and support the school when we hold 'Fun Days', 'School Fairs', walk around sessions and Curriculum focused days.

Last updated: 21/05/2019
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