Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

Some children may be perceived as having special educational needs through specific or general learning difficulties. A child has a learning difficulty if he or she has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age, a physical or sensory impairment, emotional, psychological or behavioural needs. Exceptionally able children can fall into the Special Educational Needs framework.

We work to ensure that all children have the same statutory right to a broad and balanced differentiated curriculum, that is designed to meet their needs as well as the requirements of the National Curriculum.

The School SEND Policy implements the DfE’s Code of Practice on the identification and assessment of children with special needs. The responsibility of assessment and monitoring is shared between the class teacher and the SEND co-ordinator (Mrs Emma Lewis).

Class teachers and teaching assistants work closely together to ensure that the child’s confidence is maintained and their attainment increased. Through careful monitoring a Learning Support Plan is developed that is related to the child’s needs. Parents’ support and input is requested and welcomed, as we understand that a joint approach between home and school is essential.

If you feel your child has special needs and you wish to attend Thornford Church School, please contact the school to discuss their needs. Thornford Church School utilise the admissions criteria from the Dorset Local Authority for all pupils (including special needs). This is explained in more detail using the link below:


All pupils at Thornford Church Schools are treated equally, SEND pupils being no exception. The school uses a number of ways to support our SEND pupils and to ensure they are not treated less favourably than other pupils. These include:

– A dedicated ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) to help pupils with emotional needs (and a second member of staff in training for this qualification also)

– A fully trained SENCO to support pupils, parents and staff with children’s additional needs

– Access to a wide range of agencies, e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology, Children’s Therapy

– Policies and practices to support our SEND pupils (including disability access)

– Additional meetings for parents/carers of SEND pupils with their class teachers (and SENCO if appropriate)

– Learning support plans (or Educational Health and Care Plans – EHCPs – if appropriate) – linked to targets and strategies for our pupils

To view our SEND LOCAL OFFER PAGE, please click on the link below: