Allonby Primary School
Where everybody is somebody.
Allonby School is an inclusive, small rural, isolated village on school on the west Cumbrian coast. The village of Allonby is located in the Area of Outstanding natural beauty (AONB) but there are poor transport links. It has an indigenous population of trades and property owning families along with unskilled wage earners.
We have very strong links with the local community and Church. Although Allonby School in not a Church school we have regular visits from the Vicar who takes assemblies and the children participate in Harvest Festival, Christmas, Easter and other seasonal services at the Church. Villagers are frequently invited to the School to take part in events and celebrations and are also very committed to helping the school with fundraising and providing other expertise and services. We are very much a community school.
In addition we have close links with our partner school ‘The Anugrah Foundation’ in India.
Currently our staff structure is as follows. Our Head Teacher works 0.9 teaching in KS1, Full Time KS2 newly qualified teacher , Senior Teaching Assistant 0.5, and a 0.5 Teaching Assistant. Both Teaching assistants have some responsibility in this time to deliver Intervention schemes to Pupil Premium children. The Administrator works 21.5hours per week. We have 23 children, 11 of whom are in KS2. We offer an extensive and varied extra curricular range of activities from badminton, football, cookery, first aid, netball, dance/drama, multi skills and gardening all provided at different times of the year. The school currently holds Active Mark and Healthy School Status.
At Allonby School we value and respect each person in school for their views, for who they are, and we strive to treat everyone with fairness and honesty. We value and promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the co-operation and understanding between all members of the local and wider community.
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Where to go
- CA15 6QG
Allonby School Local Offer
The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as a local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families. This easy to understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child.”
The Cumbria County Council’s Local Offer will provide parents/carers with information about how to access services in this area, and what they can expect from those services. With regard to Education, it will let parents/ carers and young people know how school and colleges will support them, and what they can expect across the local settings. During the last year, the Local Offer Steering Group has developed questions for schools, and trialled them with a small number of settings.
There are 16 questions, devised in consultation with parents/carers and other agencies, which reflect their concerns and interests. These will be answered by agencies, schools and colleges to provide information to parents and carers to enable them to make decisions about how to best support their child’s needs.
Below are Allonby Primary School’s responses to these questions. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any further questions:
How does Allonby Primary School know if children need extra help?
Prior to starting school we work closely with any feeder nurseries in addition to close knowledge of children coming through nursery provision in our Foundation unit to identify children with additional needs.Access to Early help is initiated where necessary. We know when pupils need help if:
- Concerns are raised by parents/carers, teachers or the child.
- Limited progress is being made and targets and consistently not met
- There is a change in the pupil’s behaviour or progress
What would I do if I think my child may have SEN?
The class teacher is the initial point of contact for responding to parental concerns. Mr Owen as Headteacher and SENCO, is always readily available to speak to.
How will I know how Allonby School supports my child?
Each pupil’s education programme will be planned by the class teacher, with the support of the SENCO. It will be differentiated accordingly to suit the pupil’s individual needs. This may include additional general support by the teacher or teaching assistant in class. In addition Intervention sessions are delivered in two afternoons each week for children who require additional support. The Schools Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Mr Owen, offers support where necessary.
Additional help may be provided within or separate to the class; in a small group or on a one to one basis.
These interventions will be recorded on the class Intervention Grid (this is a record of the interventions, timings, cost and impact of the intervention).
Pupil Progress Meetings are held each term. This is a meeting where the Head teacher meets with the KS2 teacher to discuss the progress of the pupils in their class. This shared discussion may highlight any potential problems in order for further support to be planned.
Occasionally a pupil may need more expert support from an outside agency such as the Children’s Therapy Team, Paediatrician etc. A referral will be made, with your consent and forwarded to the most appropriate agency. After a series of assessments, a programme of support is usually provided to the school and parents/carers.
The Governors of Allonby Primary School are responsible for entrusting a named person, Mr Owen to monitor Safeguarding and Child protection procedures. He is also responsible for the monitoring and correct administration of the Disclosure and Barring service procedures and the school’s Single Central record. In a support and challenge role the Governors ensure that the school is as inclusive as possible and treats all children and staff in an equitable way. They monitor and review the accessibility plan and all other statutory policies as defined by the DfE.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
- The school has small class sizes with an excellent adult to child ratio so is able to offer differentiated activities related to the ability of the child and an excellent support infrastructure to ensure each child is challenged and supported to achieve the next steps in their learning.
When a pupil has been identified with special needs their work will be differentiated by the class teacher to enable them to access the curriculum more easily.
- Teaching Assistants (TAs) may be allocated to work with the pupil in a 1-1 or small focus group to target more specific needs.
- If a child has been identified as having a special need, they will be given an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Targets will be set according to their area of need. These will be monitored by the class teacher weekly and by the SENCO three times per year. Individual Education Plans IEPs/Education Health Care Plans EHCPs will be discussed with parents and a copy given to them.
- If appropriate specialist equipment may be given to the pupil e.g. writing slopes, pen/pencils grips or easy to use scissors.
How will I know how my child is doing?
- You will be able to discuss your child’s progress at Parents’ Evenings.(Three during the academic year).
- Reports detailing your child’s progress are provided 3 times a year.
- Your child’s class teacher will be available at the end of each day if you wish to raise a concern. Appointments can be made to speak in more detail to the class teacher or Headteacher/SENCO by visiting the school office.
How will you help me to support my child’s learning?
- The class teacher will suggest ways of how you can support your child. At different times during the year and dependent on need specific learning support packs are provided eg phonics packs for YR children.
- Mr Owen may meet with you to discuss how to support your child with strategies to use if there are difficulties with a child’s behaviour/emotional needs.
If outside agencies or the Educational Psychologist have been involved suggestions and programmes of study are normally provided that can be used at home.
What support will there be for my child’s overall well being?
- The school offers a variety of pastoral support for pupils who are encountering emotional or behaviour difficulties, these include nurture groups and social groups.
- If a pupil has a medical need then a detailed Care Plan is compiled with support from the school nurse in consultation with parents/carers. These are discussed with all staff who are involved with the pupil.
- Staff have received Epipen training .
- Where necessary and in agreement with parents/carers medicines are administered in school but only where a signed Medicine consent form is in place to ensure the safety of both child and staff member.
We work hard to maintain high pupil attendance and promote positive behaviour management strategies throughout the school. Positive behaviour strategies are adopted throughout the school and good behaviour acknowledged in assembly each week.
What specialist service sand expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
We have a wealth of experience and expertise in our school staff, including those trained in intervention strategies, team teach, SEALs, behaviour management and paediatric first aid.
At times it may be necessary to consult with outside agencies to receive their more specialised expertise. These may include:
- Educational Psychologist
- CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service)
- School Nurse
- East Cumbria Family Support
- Specialist Advisory Teachers
What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?
Different members of staff have received raining related to SEND.
These have included sessions on:
- 1. How to support pupils on the autistic spectrum.
- 2. How to support pupils with social and emotional needs.
- 3. How to support pupils with physical and co-ordination needs.
A number of staff have also been trained to deliver maths and reading intervention programs.
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
Activities and school trips are available to all.
- Risk assessments are carried out and endorsed by EVOLVE which is the County recognised procedure and procedures are put in place to enable all children to participate.
- However, if it is deemed that an intensive level of 1:1 support is required a parent or carer may be asked to accompany their child during the activity.
How accessible is the school environment?
As a school we are happy to discuss individual access requirements. Facilities we have at present include:
- Ramps into school to make the building accessible to all.
- 1 toilet has been adapted for disabled users.
- Wide doors in all areas of the building
How will the school prepare and support my child when joining Allonby Primary School or transferring to a new school?
Many strategies are in place to enable the pupil’s transition to be as smooth as possible. These include:
- Working closely with our feeder nurseries and feeder secondary schools to ensure a smooth transition for all children. In addition to a package of familiarisation days for all Y6 pupils transition packages are developed for individual children who require them. Discussions take place between the previous or receiving schools prior to the pupil joining/leaving.
- All pupils attend a Transition session where they spend some time with their new class teacher.
- Additional visits are also arranged for pupils who need extra time in their new school.
- Secondary school staff visit pupils prior to them joining their new school.
Mr Owen liaises with the SENCOs from the secondary schools to pass on information regarding SEN pupils.
How are the schools resources allocated and matched to children's Special Educational Needs?
The SEN budget is allocated each financial year. The money is used to provide additional support or resources dependant on an individual’s needs.
How is the decision made about how much support my child will receive?
These decisions are made in consultation between class teacher and the Headteacher. 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 will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child's education?
All parents are encouraged to contribute to their child’s education. This may be through:
- Discussions with the class teacher
- During parents evenings
- During discussions with Mr Owen or other professionals
Parents are encouraged to comment on their child’s IEP with possible suggestions that could be incorporated.
Who can I contact for further information?
If you wish to discuss your child’s educational needs or are unhappy about something regarding your child’s schooling please contact the school office to arrange a meeting with the SENCO/ Headteacher, Mr Owen.
- Contact Name
- Mr David Owen; Head Teacher, Key Stage 1 Teacher & SENCO
- Contact Telephone
- 01900 881324
- Contact Email
- Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (5-10 years)
Early Years (0-4 years)