Nursery and Reception Admissions:
To ensure that parents receive the offer of one, and only one, school placed parents must complete an application form, known as the Common Application Form and return it to the School Admission Section at County Hall. These forms are available from the School Office. Any child attending our Nursery will automatically receive a form at the correct time of year. Primary Schools no longer offer school places during the normal admissions round all offers of school places in County Durham will be made by a LA including offers made on behalf of aided schools.
Joining the school at non-routine times:
Sometimes children join the school when the term has started or later on in their school life. We make every effort to ensure they are welcomed, looked after and monitored so they quickly make friends and can find their way around school. Teachers give children time to settle in before making assessments of their academic abilities. This assessment, together with records from the previous school, will enable your child to have the best possible start.
Moving on-transfer to secondary school:
At the end of their primary school career children transfer to a local secondary school. A large majority of our children transfer to Sedgefield Community College, a mixed comprehensive (11-16). Our school has particularly close links with Sedgefield Community College: each Year 6 pupil has the opportunity to visit the school and work with the teachers while meeting new friends and becoming accustomed to their new surroundings. This is a very positive process in ensuring a smooth transfer.
The admissions policy is that of Durham County Council.
If more children want a place than there are places available, we will offer places according to the following criteria, strictly in order of priority:
i. Children who are ‘looked after’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, residence or special guardianship order.
A looked after child is a child who is, at the time of making an application to a school, (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
ii. Medical Reasons
Pupils with very exceptional medical factors directly related to school placement.
iii. Sibling Links
Pupils who have a sibling already attending the school and who is expected to be on roll at the school at the time of admission.
Pupils who live nearest the preferred school measured by the shortest walking route. This will be based on the parents’ address. Where the last place to be allocated would mean that a multiple birth sibling group i.e. twins, triplets or other multiple birth sibling groups, would be split, the sibling group will be given priority over other children.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School we are aware that some pupils will experience special needs at some stage of their school life. In co-operation with the Head Teacher, the Governing Body determines the school’s policy and approach for special needs provision. Within special educational needs, attention is given to the more able children as well as those experiencing difficulties.
A member of the governing body has been appointed governor with special responsibility for SEND. The day-to-day management is delegated to the SENCO, Mrs Guest, who is the main point of contact and always willing to meet the parents of those pupils with special needs. She can be contacted through the School Office.
Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School welcomes all children in the community. We ensure that all children have the same opportunity to fulfil their potential and to participate in all areas of school life including access to the National Curriculum. The school continues to take its duties to children with SEND and disabilities very seriously and will take all reasonable steps to admit children with SEND and give them the fullest possible access to premises and the curriculum. The school has adopted plans, which are reviewed annually by governors, for progressively and over time increasing access to the school for disabled pupils. These include physical improvements and changes to policies and practices where these are appropriate and possible.
The SEND resources, including staffing, continue to be extended. They are used to support class and lower set teachers to meet the needs of the pupils with special educational needs. Evaluations of our SEND provision are positive- acknowledging our strengths in meeting the needs of all our pupils.
The school supports children with SEND in a number of ways by:
employing additional support staff to help children with SEND;
screening each class to identify children with SEND and reviewing their needs and programmes of learning .
setting targets and discussing them with the SENCO so that individual progress is monitored;
providing specialist resources where possible and appropriate;
bringing in specialist support from the Local Authority and from Special Schools for individual children as appropriate;
involving other agencies such as health services and voluntary organisations as appropriate;
the use of the Speech and Language Service;
involving parents of children identified as having SEND as much as possible including inviting them to attend regular reviews;
providing in-service training for school staff to ensure good support for pupils with SEND;
using the Behaviour Improvement Policy to support and encourage good behaviour in school;
ensuring the designated governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) has regular contact with the teacher responsible for co-ordinating SEND provision at the school and thereby ensuring the monitoring and evaluation processes that are undertaken take place on an annual basis.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.