The Icknield Primary School

Thrive and achieve together!


All children are unique and special and have different learning needs. We strive to ensure that the needs of all children are met appropriately. Sometimes it becomes apparent that a child has specific needs, either because he or she has a learning difficulty, physical disability or because he or she is gifted or talented in certain curriculum areas. In such cases we work closely with parents to identify the best sources of guidance and support.

Ways in which we aim to foster our inclusive community include:

  • Planning learning which is appropriate and relevant to the individual needs of pupils.
  • Providing support for teaching staff from our Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator, (SENCo), and Teaching Assistant team to meet the needs of pupils with barriers to learning.
  • Drawing up Pupil Passports which track the progress each child with SEND makes against their SMART targets. These are shared with parents and pupils and offer an opportunity to hear the views of both.
  • Seeking to obtain advice, guidance and support from the Specialist Teaching Team, Educational Psychology Services and a range of professionals for those children who require more specialist support.


Our school aims to be an inclusive school. We strive to give all our children a sense of belonging, to make them feel happy and to enable them to look forward to their school day. Every child is different and we view differences as an opportunity for adults and children alike to learn more about ourselves. If your child has a disability he or she will be treated no less favourably than other applicants for admission. We make reasonable adjustments to ensure that pupils with disabilities are not placed at a substantial disadvantage. Access arrangement are described in more detail in the SEND policy. The school has a policy for supporting children with special educational needs which is revised every year. This policy is available in the school office and in the Documents below. Our aim is for all children to have access to all aspects of school life, as far as is reasonable and practicable. We aim to prevent disabled pupils in our school being placed at a substantial disadvantage. We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that people with a disability are not treated differently without lawful justification. We will make reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils and we will know we have succeeded when disabled pupils are participating fully in school life.


In order for effective partnership working between home and school to take place, we anticipate that parents will want to:

  • Inform the school at the earliest opportunity if their child has a disability and the exact nature of it.
  • Provide the information school needs to plan in partnership for the child to be a full member of the school community.
  • Acknowledge that when deciding whether an adjustment is reasonable, one of the factors the head teacher must consider is the effect of the proposed change on all members of the school community.
  • Recognise the importance and positive impact of school and home working in close partnership.


We have a team of highly skilled Teaching Assistants who support in classes across the school to enable all children to access the teaching and learning. Staff also run a range of targeted intervention programmes to close the gap between those achieving lower than their peers. Selection for these programmes is made by the class teacher. Where pupils are assessed as requiring additional support this discussed with parents at progress meetings. Our aim is  to develop independent learning in our children, whatever their needs.

We are working under the new SEND Code of Practice. Parents may find the SEND Guide for Parents and Carers a useful place to get more information regarding the recent legislation. Copies of all documents referenced can be found below.


Our SEND Lead is Mrs Rachel Holt who can be contacted on