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Dent CofE Voluntary Aided Primary School 

We are a vibrant and caring rural primary school,  working as part of the whole community to provide a creative and nurturing environment where all children flourish.  With Christian values at the heart of all we do, each child is encouraged to reach their potential.  Every child experiences our personalised approach to learning, which allows children to grow in independence and confidence,  aiming high and achieving success.  Through the highest quality education, we aim to prepare our children to serve the community, locally and globally, whilst developing a deep appreciation of Christian values, faith and life.

There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our school,  whether from internal sources – pupils,  staff,  visiting adults,  governors,  etc. or external sources – school community,  external agencies or individuals.

Any prejudice, discrimination or extremist views, including derogatory language,  displayed by pupils,  staff,  visitors or parents will always be challenged and,  where appropriate,  dealt with.  Where misconduct by a teacher is proven,  the matter will be referred to the National College for Teaching and Leadership for their consideration.  Misconduct by other staff will be dealt with under normal school disciplinary procedures.

We encourage pupils to respect the fundamental British values of democracy,  the rule of law,  individual liberty and mutual respect,  and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.  We ensure that partisan political views are not promoted in the teaching of any subject in the school and where political issues are brought to the attention of the pupils,  reasonably practicable steps are taken to offer a balanced presentation of opposing views to pupils.

'The attention to pupils' well-being and the level of pastoral care is second to none… pupils of all ages and abilities are given plenty of opportunities to try new things and experience success.  Consequently,  they enjoy school,  feel confident,  and are well prepared for their new schools when they leave Dent Primary” - Ofsted, September 2014.

We aim for our children to:

  • Achieve high academic standards and success in learning.
  • Become energetic and enthusiastic learners with the ability to apply themselves to tasks with independence.
  • Take responsibility for their own actions and learning pathways, making informed choices.
  • Acquire knowledge,  skills and attitudes relevant to the changing world in which they live.
  • Make a positive contribution as citizens of the wider world.
  • Develop healthily in mind,  body and spirit.
  • Have an insight into Christian and moral values,  as well as an understanding and appreciation of the religions and beliefs of others. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mr David Prescott
Contact Position
Acting Headteacher
015396 25259 
Dent CofE Voluntary Aided Primary School

Where to go

Dent Church of England (VA) Primary School
LA10 5QJ

Local Offer


At Dent early identification of a child with special educational needs and disability is the aim, encouraging dialogue between parents/carers, pupil, class teacher and SENCo. When the class teacher or learning support staff identifies a pupil as having a difficulty, they will liaise with the SENCo and parents/carers. Class teacher and support staff are responsible for initial assessment of the pupil within the framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum. Whether or not a pupil is making progress, is seen as a significant factor in considering the need for SEND provision.

Contact Name
Mandy Robinson (SENCO)
Contact Telephone
015396 25259
Contact Email
Dent C of E Primary School - SEND Policy
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?
  • Dent has an open door policy; believing that frequent contact between staff and parents helps to identify concerns early and address issues as soon as possible.  If children, parents or carers have concerns, school staff will be available to discuss these concerns and together the best plan of support will be developed. School may have observed a child’s difficulties in accessing some aspects of their education.  A child may have issues attaining an expected level and barriers to their learning may need to be explored, these maybe specific learning difficulties or general barriers to learning.  There may be social issues that may become apparent as the child is observed in school.
  • We have liaison with our feeder schools to share concerns, programs of support and to help open a dialogue with parents.
How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?
  • Pupils and parents together with Class Teachers,  with the support of Teaching Assistants,  will plan and implement the educational programme,  with support from the school SENCo.  The frequency of support will be decided by the pupil, parents and Class Teachers so that the best way of helping is found,  this will be reviewed regularly by all those involved.
  • Teachers, with the support of the Teaching assistant and SENCo, will deliver the support and assess the impact on the education of the child, IEP’s (Individual Education Plans – with specific,  appropriate,  attainable targets) will be drawn up to support the progress and attainment of the child.
  • The School SENCo informs and updates the SEND Governor on a regular basis, they are invited to meet the children and view the support that school offers.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?
  • Whenever possible,  all children are included in class lessons and supported within class with tasks differentiated to a level appropriate to the child’s needs.  Some lessons take place in classes where the children share an ability level.  Occasionally children are taught individually or in small groups if this is the appropriate method of supporting their needs.
  • It is expected that all children will be happy, safe and reach their full potential and school will do whatever is possible to fulfil this expectation.
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?
  • There will be regular opportunities to discuss your child’s progress outside the normal reporting arrangements with the Class Teacher, Teaching Assistant or SENCo.  Staff are available for discussion at the beginning or end of the school day or by appointment.  Dent prides itself on having an open door policy and encourages parents and carers to communicate any concerns as soon as possible.  Children’s IEP targets and outcomes will be shared and discussed with parents.
  • School, with the involvement of parents, will constantly monitor the progress of children and adapt the ways they are taught if necessary, progress will be monitored through teacher assessment.
    School will keep parents/carers informed about the progress their child is making and how this compares to age expected attainment.
    School will give opportunities for parents and carers to have regular contact to facilitate a sharing of information about their child’s activities, progress or issues.
  • There will be regular opportunities for parents and carers to discuss the education of their child.  This will include the planning and support within school and how this might be best supported by parents and carers at home.
    Parents and carers will be given the opportunity to discuss the targets set for their child.  IEPs are reviewed and new targets set, where appropriate with the involvement of the pupil and parents each term.
  • Education and Health Care plans will be reviewed in accordance with the SEN Code of Practice. 
What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

  • The safety and well-being of all children at Dent is our number one priority.
  • Dent offers excellent safe guarding through its dedicated, well trained, staff who follow a stringent Health and Safety Policy.
  • An open dialogue is encouraged with pupils parents/carers and School staff to address any concerns as soon as they arise.
  • Dent strives to empower pupils with a child centred practice.
What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?
  • The staff at Dent are experienced at dealing with and supporting a variety of issues. We constantly keep our skills updated and acquire new skills when the opportunities occur through training and professional development.
  • When we find ourselves faced with issues that we have no previous experience with we endeavour to either skill ourselves up to the task or seek professional advice from external agencies.
  • We have developed links with other schools in the area in order to share expertise, good practice and equipment.
What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?

Dent is a member of the S.L.R.P. SENCo Group and is able to access an ongoing program of training opportunities that are relevant and appropriate to current good practice.Dent has staff on role who have a variety of specialist training and knowledge including:

Reading, Intervention, Maths Recovery, First Aid, Lifting and Handling, Safe guarding, Teamteach and Dyslexia to name but a few.

Since September 2015, Dent has accessed additional support from a specialist SENCo to support staff/pupil developmental needs.

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

Where ever possible, all children will be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips.  Every child’s needs will be considered individually by the child, staff, SENCo and parents to ensure that individual needs are recognised and supported.

How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment?
  • Our building has limited wheelchair access and we have a disabled toilet facility.
  • A recent refurbishment of the classrooms has installed LED lighting, acoustic ceilings and calming colour schemes to maximise learning.
  • The school is equipped with carpets in classrooms to aid the auditory environment and blinds on the windows to ensure clarity of visual access.
  • Our school has had an accessibility audit and has developed an accessibility plan with specific objectives for access to the curriculum, improving delivery of written information and improving the physical environment.
  • We will endeavour to offer translation services for those whose first language is not English if so required.
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?
  • Dent is always keen to initiate communication between any secondary schools pupils might be moving onto well in advance of any projected transfer.
  • Visits are arranged, meetings attended and information shared between parents/carers and all educational establishments.
  • Parents/carers are encouraged to develop a dialogue with Dent staff, to air their worries and concerns and to become familiar with the staff they will be meeting most often.
  • We have a transition process for reception pupils across the summer term and we support our Year 6 pupils in their induction to the secondary school of their choice.
  • When children move to a new school, Dent will offer an open communication in league with the parents/carers with the new establishment.  The SENCo will endeavour to establish contacts between the new school and parents/carers and support any transfer.
How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
  • Once a child’s needs are assessed and the best way of supporting those needs are agreed between the child, the parents/carers and school, then support will be implemented. It maybe that the child is supported through differentiation within class, supported in a small group with similar needs or supported individually. Whatever the means of support, it will be offered with the consent and agreement of the child and the parents/carers. It will be delivered carefully, creatively and economically.
  • To ensure support is being effective it will be regularly reviewed by the child, parents/carers and the school to decide whether it should be maintained, adjusted, increased or diminished.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
  • Once concerns about a child are raised, by either the child themselves, parents/carers or the school, then the child will be assessed and their barriers to learning identified. An initial level of support will be offered in school and progress monitored. If the support offered proves effective it will be monitored and maintained or adjusted as it need be.  If this initial level of support is not seen to be offering the desired level of progress then further advice will be sought, with parental/carer consent, and the possibility of external professional advice used to devise a more appropriate plan of support.  If after careful monitoring, and once again with the agreement of the child, parents/carers, then the school may apply for more support through a Health and Education Plan.
  • The fundamental principle of offering the best possible means of support through open dialogue between the child, the parents/carers is at the heart of Dent’s SEND practice.
How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?
  • The school is supported by “The Friends of Dent Primary School” which is a committee comprising of parents of the school.  The committee organises a number of fund raising activities throughout the year which help the school to buy essential resources.
Last updated: 03/08/2021
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