Dear parents, carers, children and other interested parties,

As Clavering Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo), it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 'Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)' section of the Clavering website.

SEND can be a very controversial and emotive area, but I would like to emphasise the following two points to anyone who visits this part of our website:

1. All staff members of Clavering Primary School believe that every child has an entitlement to personal, social and intellectual development and must be given the opportunity to achieve his/her potential in learning.

2. Likewise, all staff members of Clavering Primary School believe that every child should have access to high quality and appropriate education.  

I am very proud to be the SENDCo of a school which cares so much for the needs of every child. This is something that is recognised by all the professionals who visit us from outside agencies (including Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and staff from the Visual and Hearing Impaired Services) and was acknowledged by OFSTED in our most recent school inspection:

Ofsted, Spring 2014:

This is a very caring and inclusive school where all pupils are valued and are able to access all the school has to offer. Staff work hard to make sure that all groups of pupils do as well as they can.

Equality of opportunity is central to the work of the school and the school is very successful in removing any barriers to learning so that there are no differences in the achievement of different groups of pupils in the school.

The progress of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is closely checked and reviewed regularly. Carefully planned support, which closely matches individual pupils’ needs, makes sure that these pupils make progress that is similar to that of others.

Teaching assistants are deployed very effectively and carefully guide pupils’ learning. They know the pupils well and have a very clear picture of the needs of individual pupils, especially disabled pupils and those with special educational needs.

Hopefully you will find the different pages on the SEND section of our website informative and useful.

If you have any questions about SEND or your child's education, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Best wishes,

Miss N. Leighton

Assistant Headteacher and SENDCo


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For Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities queries, please phone 01429 422088 or email