SEND at Houldsworth Valley

The SENDCO at Houldsworth Valley Academy is Miss Elizabeth Barneveld

At Houldsworth Valley Primary Academy, we are committed to the equal inclusion of all pupils in all areas of school life. We recognise the diverse and individual needs of all of our pupils and take into account the additional support required by those children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs make the best possible progress.

There are four broad areas of SEND, these are:

  • Communication and Interaction
    This area of need includes children with Autism Spectrum Condition and those with Speech, Language and Communication Needs

  • Cognition and Learning
    This includes children with Specific Learning Difficulties, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
    This includes any pupils who have an emotional, social or mental health need that is impacting on their ability to learn

  • Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties
    This area includes children with hearing impairment, visual impairment, multi-sensory impairment and physical difficulties.

Please see link below for the SEND code of practice including guidance on the SEN and disability regulations 2014

What are our admission arrangements for children with Disabilities?

The arrangements for the admission of pupils with Special Needs or disabilities to gain admission as pupils to Houldsworth Valley Primary Academy fall within our duties under the Equality Act 2010 and are the same as those applied to all pupils. Admission is in the first instance arranged by application to the school.

Houldsworth Valley Primary Academy will take steps to prevent disabled pupils from being treated less favourably than other pupils. We will use our best endeavours to ensure that no child is unable to attend Houldsworth Valley Primary Academy because of any special need or disability. In order to promote equality of opportunity for disabled children we will make reasonable adjustments (including the provision of auxiliary aids and services) to prevent them being put under a disadvantage.

In practice we ensure that classroom and extra-curricular activities encourage the participation of all pupils, including those categorised as having Special Educational Needs.  Staff organise human and physical resources within the school to increase access to learning and participation by all pupils.

Existing facilities provided to assist access to the school by pupils with disabilities:

  • Wheelchair access onto school grounds and all entrances.
  • Disabled parking is available near the main entrance.
  • The building is on one level.
  • Wheelchair access into the school at the main entrance. Door is fully accessible.
  • Exterior lighting to improve evening access.
  • Children’s disabled toilets.

Please also see the Accessibility and Equility Policy attached

We follow the 'rights respecting articles' to ensure all pupils receive the best education

If you have concerns or worries about your child please make an appointment to see:

  • Miss Barneveld, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)
  • SEND Named Governor: Mrs Nelson

The Suffolk County Council Local Website is now live - Click on here to find out more

A Guide for Parents

The Department for Education has released a guide for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 years who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).
To access the guide click here.

How can parents/carers get involved?

Suffolk Parent Carers Network [SCPN] is represented in overseeing the implementation of the SEND Reforms. As a parent/carer please feel free to use the contact e-mail address for SCPN for any queries and or questions.

Further useful websites