Occasionally teachers may feel that children are unable to benefit fully from the curriculum being offered to them.  If this is the case we will discuss our concerns with you. We may provide extra support as part of a small group or individually where appropriate. No action will be taken without your full co-operation and support. Parents and children are encouraged to contribute to discussions about their needs during the meetings.
If you are concerned about your child’s progress please consult with the class teacher, headteacher, or SENco (Mrs Cregan) so that a meeting can be arranged to establish a course of action.

Special Educational Needs Policy

We have a Special Needs Policy based upon the government’s requirements set out in the SEND Code of Practice. The policy includes information about the school’s processes and procedures.

Please click here to see our Special Educational Needs Policy 2018

The school has a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) who works to ensure that the policy is fully implemented.  The Co-ordinator liaises with one of our Governors who act as the Governors’ representative in this area. Mrs Cregan is the SENCO at our school.

click here to see our SEND report 2018

People with Disabilities

Pupils with disabilities are welcome to attend Gilthill School and every effort is made to ensure their access to a broad and balanced curriculum.  The school building and site are fully accessible to all those with physical disabilities having pathways and a lift which helps with wheelchair access.  We also have a hearing loop system to help those people who suffer from loss of hearing.  The school works in partnership with outside agencies such as the Disability Support Service to help ensure that staff are fully aware of how to offer support to disabled pupils for example during PE/games sessions and swimming lessons. Parents of pupils with a disability are very welcome to come and discuss their child’s needs prior to admission so appropriate action can be taken to help ensure smooth transition from home to school.

We also want to ensure that disabled members of our school and local community are able to support our pupils and school events. If parents, grandparents etc need our help in order to take advantage of adult learning or attendance at open evenings, school concerts etc we would be delighted to hear how we could help.

Equal Opportunities

To help meet the needs of the different groups of children, parents and carers the school maintains an Equality Policy which covers disability, gender and racial equality.

We need to ensure that everyone has equal access to opportunities offered by the school. All documents related to equal opportunities are available at school – parents/carers are very welcome to view them.

Safeguarding Children

Child protection is very important to us. Children should be safe and secure both at home and school. Gilthill maintains a child protection policy and follows all the local & national guidance relating to safeguarding children. The child protection officer for the school is the Headteacher. All staff, have taken training in the signs of child abuse and in the procedures that should be followed in cases of abuse. It is the Headteacher’s duty to refer suspicions of abuse to Social Services and she will then work with them, and other professionals,to achieve the safety of the child(ren) concerned. A copy of the policy is held at school for parents who would like to see it.