Special Educational Needs & Disability

St Richard’s Primary School aims to provide children with a happy, secure and stimulating environment. We seek to achieve the highest possible standards. However for some children to succeed additional support may be needed so they can reach their full potential.

It is quite common for children to experience difficulties at some point during their school career.

The school has an Inclusion Leader and SEND Leader, who  work in partnership alongside a representative from the Governing Body. St Richard’s has a SEND policy and Information Report in line with the DfE’s 2014 Code of Practice and a Local Offer which are updated regularly and describe how the school delivers its SEND provision.

The SEND Leader works closely with class teachers and parents to monitor individual’s progress and to ensure appropriate strategies are put into place. Parents are involved from the earliest stage and are invited to discuss concerns with their child’s teacher or the SEND Leader.

Sometimes children receive support from external agencies. Parents’ permission is always sought prior to a visit. We aim to help children overcome or minimise difficulties.

St Richard’s also has an ASD Unit (Ocean Centre) where children with Educational Health Care Plans (EHCPs) are offered places by Hounslow Local Authority SEN department. Children from the Ocean Centre integrate with the mainstream school as much as possible.

What are Special Educational Needs?

Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

Children have a learning difficulty if they:

  1. have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age; or
  2. have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority

Please note that children must not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language or form of language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught.

Further information about the SEND provision at St Richard’s can be found in the documents below.