Special Educational Needs
At St Thomas More Catholic Primary School the Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator is Mrs S. Gray.
Admission arrangements for pupils with SEN or disabilities
The school’s admissions arrangements are determined by the Governing Board, having regard to parental preference. No pupil will be refused admission to the school on the basis of his or her special educational need. In line with the SEN and Disability Act, we will not discriminate against disabled children and we will take all reasonable steps to provide effective educational provision.
How our school will prevent disabled pupils from being treated less favourably than others.
St Thomas More is a very inclusive school and we welcome all children into our community regardless of race, religion or disabilities.
We will strive to support and welcome any child wishing to become a pupil at St Thomas More and will follow the Admissions policy set by the schools Governing Body.
Facilities that help disabled pupils access our school.
The school is built on one level from Reception up to Year 6 and currently has ramps at either end of the school building to allow adequate access for wheelchairs and walking aids. Steps are highlighted with florescent paint for those children who may be visually impaired and will need support to see hazards in the playground and outdoor area.
The school also has a disabled toilet facility that allows addition space for children that may have physical impairment and limited movement. We have changing facilities and disposal bins for supporting children with intimate care. Each child would be given an intimate care plan that would detail the requirements and the support from the school.
Recently the school has built a new inclusion unit that has access to a sensory tent to allow children with autistic and sensory needs to access calm and quite time out of the classroom. Our forest school area has also been extended to allow addition space for all needs.
Complaints and appeals
If your child is refused a place at the school you have applied to the local authority must let you know the reason for refusal, give information about your rights to appeal and the deadline for this and tell you that you have to set out, in writing, the reason for appeal.
An appeal must be made within 2 months of the local authority notice of the decision.
As a parent you can apply directly to the school outside of the annual admissions round of applications. Every local authority will have a fair access panel protocol and this will be used for children with SEN, disabilities or medical needs but who do not have an EHC plan.
The admission of a child or young person with an EHC plan is agreed under the procedures set out in Children and Families Act 2014.
In Year Admissions:
If the school has spaces available in the chosen year group the school will be required to admit your child, unless they have been permanently excluded from more than two schools. If the year group is full, the school can refuse admission. Information about school places can be gained from the school office or by the local authority.