Special Educational Needs

What is the Hampstead Parochial School Local Offer?

The Hampstead Parochial School Local Offer sets out on our website our provision for children and young people with special education needs and/or disabilities (abbreviated to SEND) throughout their time with us.

Camden Local Authority’s website also publishes a Camden Local Offer which offers a wide range of information about the specialist services, schools, colleges and organisations that can provide support and information for families of children and young people with SEND. It also explains the procedures for requesting an assessment for an Educational Health and Care Plan (ECHP) which is replacing the SEND statement.

You will also find information about:

  • Where to go for advice and guidance on SEND matters
  • Leisure activities for children with SEND
  • Arrangements for resolving disagreements and mediation

The Purpose of our Local Offer

The purpose of our school’s Local Offer is to inform parents and carers about:

  • How we welcome children into our school with SEND
  • How we support them in all aspects of school life and remove barriers to achievement
  • How we work in close partnership with parents/carers and children
  • How we make effective provision for all of our children with SEND

We keep our Local Offer under constant review by asking parents and children what is working well and areas in which they would like to see improvements made. The next review date for our local offer is July 2015.

What Kind of School is Hampstead Parochial?

We are a primary school in the London Borough of Camden for 5-11 year-olds.

There is one class in each year group other than the Cohort 2021 where we have an additional bulge class of 30. Children start school in the year they turn five in our Reception class.

Our most recent OFSTED report (2012) noted: ‘Many disabled pupils and those with special education needs make outstanding progress. This is because support staff are very skilled in working with them in lessons and teachers tailor work closely to their needs.’

During a recent meeting at the school, parents and carers of children with SEND told us:

‘…the understanding and awareness from the staff is reassuring’

‘…the school felt right’ when looking at admission.

They talked about how ‘every child is valued’ and that we do what we say we will do and won’t promise anything we cannot fulfil.

An external review of teaching and learning through the London Diocesean Board for Schools (LDBS) commented on our inclusive practice:

  • The leadership of SEND is strong and monitoring activities are thorough. The high expectations of the SENDCO [Special Education Needs and/or Disabilities Co-ordinator] are helping to drive through improvements in this area
  • Individual education plans and targets are meticulously reviewed with teachers

Our Vision – What We Think is Important

  • We welcome difference and diversity – learning from and about diversity strengthens our community
  • We value, respect and celebrate the achievements of all children
  • We will always involve parents and children in planning and reviewing progress; we know that parents are the first educators of their children and we need their knowledge to plan effectively
  • We know that the earlier we identify special educational needs and provide support, the more successful our children will be
  • We will provide expert support and resources for children with SEND to fulfil their potential and access the curriculum
  • Our starting point is to guarantee a whole school approach to making provision for children with SEND and we ensure all staff have the knowledge and skills to support every child with SEND in our school
  • We support children in developing skills of independence in learning

How We Learn With and From Other Schools

We are a learning community and we believe it’s important to work with other schools to make sure that our knowledge, expertise and skills regarding SEND issues are as up-to-date as possible. We also share our best practice with other schools. As an example, we recently hosted a coffee morning for local children with hearing impairments, their parents and their teaching assistants to look at what’s working well as well as areas in which we can affect improvements.

We visit local schools to share what we do as well as looking at aspects of their practice. As part of our Local Offer, our SENDCO has supported a range of schools in the Local Authority to help the new SENDCOs prepare for the changes to SEND.

In addition, we work outside of the Local Authority through our close ties with the LDBS. Our SENDCO has taken the responsibility to help develop newly-qualified teachers’ understanding of inclusion in the diocese as well as attending the Local Authority forum which keeps all schools up to date with national developments and local projects on inclusion.

 

Communicating the Local Offer

  • The information you need is on our website and we have made every effort to make it as clear and easy to understand as possible
  • You can find our SEND policy here
  • If you’d like a hard copy of our SEN policy, copies are available from the school office
  • If you have any questions and you’d like to talk to a member of staff, please contact us and we will arrange a meeting to discuss your thoughts, issues and concerns
  • The Hampstead Parochial School Local Offer links to the information which Camden Local Authority provides for parents and carers of children with SEND
  • A summary of Camden Local Authority information is available in the school office. Please ask and we will be pleased to give you a copy

Who to Contact For More Information

Headteacher: Allan McLean – Allan provides leadership on inclusion and high achievement for all.

SENDCO & Inclusion Leader: Anna Swann – Anna is the first person to talk to about any SEN questions, issues or concerns. She leads the day-to-day operations of our DEN procedures following guidance in the SEN Code of Practice and has overall whole-school responsibility for SEN and inclusion.

SEN Governor: Christine Money – Christine assumes responsibility for monitoring and supporting the school on SEN matters to our Board of Governors.

Business Manager: Monwara Sikder – Monwara is responsible for site management, safety and access projects.

School Office Manager: Lisa Spearing – Lisa has copies of all our school policies and should you wish to email the school about any aspect of our SEN provision, Ms Spearing will ensure your communication reaches the appropriate person.

Email: admin@hampsteadprim.camden.sch.uk
Tel: 020 7435 4135

Here is the full School Local Offer

Click here for Camden’s Local offer