St. Aidan’s prides itself on being a school that embraces difference and we welcome children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). We believe that all children, including those with SEN or disabilities, have a right to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum and a right to be included in all aspects of school life. We make sure that we identify children who have SEN early on and that the curriculum and teaching are adjusted to meet their needs.
Often children’s difficulties are minor and will be short term. Their class teachers will help them by adjusting the curriculum and teaching them differently. Where needs are more severe, or long term, individual programmes and extra support may be provided. Where necessary, specialist agencies such as the Educational Psychology Service or Speech, Language and Communication Service may be brought in. If none of this helps, we will ask the LA to make a Statutory Assessment of the child’s special educational needs.
Facilities and access for children and adults with disabilities
The school is easily accessible to wheelchairs on the ground floor and the entrances are fitted with ramps. We have a toilet adapted for wheelchair users and we have handrails fitted on the stairs. Our hall is fitted with ‘Surround Sound’ to help those who are hard of hearing and our classrooms make good use of symbols to help those with language and communication difficulties. Contrasting colours and high visibility marks are used where appropriate to indicate potential hazards to the visually impaired.
There is restricted access to the hall and upstairs classrooms for wheel chair users but we intend to build a ramp into the hall and, in the long term, make the upstairs classes available to all users. However, in the meantime, we will move the junior cl
ass downstairs to accommodate a wheel chair user, if necessary.
We recognise that there will be a number of disabled parents and carers of children at the school and we try to ensure that they are fully included in our activities. When a child starts at the school we ask parents and carers about any access needs and will then send them notes and newsletters in the required format ie. large print, audiotape, telephone contact etc.
Find the detailed policy on our policies section.