What about special needs?
Making the most of each child's potential involves careful assessment, planning and monitoring of work. It also requires early detection of special achievements and difficulties that may identify where extra help can be provided. This can be provided either by the child's own teacher, a class support assistant working under the direction of the class teacher or our special educational needs co-coordinator, Mrs Carr.
Children with special educational needs are offered the whole curriculum and where appropriate, extra support is offered. We are able to call upon support and advice from a range of outside agencies.
When concerns are raised about a child, either parents or staff at school, liaison between the two is arranged to discuss and determine the measures to be taken. Outside agencies are consulted as and when necessary.
Key strengths of the school are:
The on-going plan-do-review cycle is clearly having impact on identified groups of children (both with identified SEN or identified as needing short term support to raise attainment)
Analysis of trends:
Children with identified SEN showed good progress throughout the school
Children at the end of KS2, children with identified SEN scored in line or better with children with similar needs in Shropshire and Nationally for Maths and Reading
Our focus over the next year is to increase writing progress scores to be in line with Shropshire and Nationally.
Who we have to help:
- Mrs Ffion Carr – Assistant Headteacher and School SENco. Mrs Carr has the role of regularly reporting to our school governors in all matters regarding children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Mrs Carr teaches Kestrels class which is year 4 and 5. Mrs Carr successfully completed the National Award for SEN Co-ordination in 2013.
- Mrs Liz Holmes – Headteacher. Mrs Holmes is an experienced headteacher who works closely with Mrs Carr to monitor progress of all children throughout school.
- Mrs Marie-Claire Wigley- Link Governor for SEND. Mrs Wigley is responsible for SEND and meets regularly with Mrs Carr. She also reports to the governors to keep them all informed.
- Class teachers are every child’s first educators and are responsible for the progress of all children within their class.
- Teaching Assistants offer support with learning during whole class teaching as well as with small group or individual targeted work. A number of our teaching assistants have particular qualifications in specific areas of Special Needs.
- Parents are vital in supporting children’s learning. We encourage all parents to regularly support learning at home and attend all review meetings to discuss the provision in place for their child and the progress being made. Through strong partnership working decisions can be made jointly to ensure children make the best possible progress.
Staff within the setting have received recent training in a number of areas including:
- Understanding your child- Solihull Parenting Approach- 2 facilitators trained
- Cool Kids motor skills programme
- Precision Teaching
- Meeting the Needs of Dyslexic Learners
- Elklan training (specialised speech & language programme) We have one qualified TAs with this accreditation.
- De-escalation & physical intervention
- Team Teach (4 members of staff trained)
- National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination
- Circle of Friends training
- Nurture Group Leadership training
- Mental health first aid (2 staff members trained)
- Alzheimer's Society Fundraising Day
Some of our Year 6 Girls are holding a cake sale on Wednesday 19th June for Alzheimer's Society. Children can come to school dressed in white and blue clothing for a donation of £1. If you do not wish to donate, please come dressed in school uniform.
- PTA School Discos - Update
'Thank you' To everyone who supported the discos which took place on Friday 17th May. Both discos were very well attended with a record amount of £786.06 being raised for school funds.
- Guide Dogs for the Blind Charity Cake Sale - Update
Well done & thank you to the Year 6 children who organised a cake sale on Wednesday 15th May; a fantastic £50.00 has been raised for the charity.
- Guide Dogs for the Blind Charity Cake Sale
On Wednesday 15th May, 2019 some of our Year 6 children are holding a cake sale. Cakes will be on sale at morning break for a minimum donation of 20p per cake. We would be very grateful if donations of cakes can be brought in to school.
- U11 Boys Football Finalists!
Huge congratulations to our U11 Boys football team for reaching the final of the Shrewsbury Severn Cup. The final will be played at the Shrewsbury Town Football Club Stadium on Friday 10th May, 2019. Kick off at 3.00pm. Good luck boys!
Latest School Events
- Foxes Class Swimming Lesson18Jun2019
9:00 am - 10:50 am @ Prestfelde School
Foxes Class will be going to Prestfelde School for their weekly swimming lesson.
- Year 5 Arthog Outreach Outdoor & Adventurous Activity Day - Group Three18Jun2019
@ Grinshill, Clive
Some of our Year 5 children are taking part in some outdoor adventurous activities, such as rock climbing, with Arthog Outreach.
- Alzheimer's Society Fundraising Day19Jun2019
@ Mereside School
Some of our Year 6 Girls are holding a cake sale on the playground at morning break (minimum donation of 20p). In addition to the cake sale children can come to school dressed in white and blue clothing for a donation of £1. If you do not wish to donate £1 please come dressed in normal school uniform.
- September 2019 New Intake Welcome Meeting19Jun2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm @ Mereside School
Welcome meeting for Parents/Carers of children starting school in September 2019.
- Shrewsbury School Games KS1 School Games Day20Jun2019
9:30 am - 2:00 pm @ Prestfelde School
Some of our Year 2 children are taking part in a variety of sporting events