Special Educational Needs and Disability (S.E.N.D)


At Our Lady & St Thomas RCVA Primary School we recognise that all pupils are entitled to a quality of provision that will enable them to achieve their potential. We believe in positive intervention, removing barriers to learning, raising expectations and levels of achievement and working in partnership with other agencies in order to provide a positive educational experience for all our pupils including those with a special educational need or disability (SEND).

School Admissions

Our Lady & St Thomas RCVA Primary School has an admissions limit of 17 pupils per year group from Reception to Year 6.  Our Lady & St Thomas RCVA Primary School prides itself in being very inclusive school and we are committed to meeting the needs of all children including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.


SEND Information Report

Welcome to our SEND Information Report which is part of Durham County Council’s Local Offer for children and young people with Special Educational Needs.  All governing bodies of maintained schools have a legal duty to publish information on their website about the implementation of the SEND policy.


Useful Links

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

(GOV.uk) - Department for Education
(GOV.uk) - Children & families Act 2014
SEND Pathfinder
Achievement for All
(GOV.uk) Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions

Local Schools

• St. Cuthbert’s RCVA Primary School, Crook
• St. Stephens C of E Primary, Willington
• Willington Primary School, Willington
• Sunnybrow Primary School, Sunnybrow
• Hunwick Primary School, Hunwick
• Crook Primary School, Crook
• Hartside Primary School, Crook
• St Johns RC School & 6th Form Academy
• Parkside Academy
• St Leonard's Catholic School

Useful Links For Parents

• Durham County Council home page
• Ofsted
• DCC School Admissions Information
• Sure Start County Durham
• GOV.uk
• BBC Bitesize
• BBC CBeebies
• BBC cbbc home page

Teaching and Learning

This section of our website is focused on our Curriculum and provides an overview of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework and the Curriculum offer for children in Years 1 to 6.

The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.



The school funding formula is generated to include financial provision to specifically support the individual special needs of pupils.

This funding is prioritised to tailor make learning to ensure small steps of progress are continually made by all SEND learners.

At Our Lady & St Thomas Primary School, for those pupils with High Needs, Costed Provision Maps are created with detailed evidence of supporting resources provided in school. This builds a portfolio of the progress each child makes and additional funding and financial support can be applied for from the Local Authority.

Detailed assessments and target tracking ensure that all learners achieve and make progress.

SEND Provision

At Our Lady & St Thomas RCVA Primary School we are committed to equality. We aim for every pupil to fulfil their potential no matter what his/her background or personal circumstances. We adhere to the Equality Act of 2010 and have ensured our school is as accessible as possible for pupils with SEND.



At Our Lady & St Thomas RCVA Primary School we recognise how important a successful transition is to our pupils with additional needs.

We work in partnership with our feeder secondary schools to provide an enhanced level of transition for those who we feel would benefit from this.


Agencies and Partnerships

Our Lady & St Thomas RCVA Primary School works closely with the following professionals in order to provide the highest level of support for pupils with SEND.


Contact SENCO

The following are the main contacts for Special Educational Needs and Disability at Our Lady & St Thomas RC Primary School:

  • Mrs. Ruth Veitch is the Head Teacher
  • Mrs. Alison Aisbitt  is our designated SEND Governor:
  • Mrs. Madeleine Fulton is our designated Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

It is the SENCO’s job to:

1. Oversee the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy

2. Liaise with the relevant Designated Teacher where a looked after pupil has SEN

3. Advise teachers on using a graduated approach to providing SEN support

4. Advise on the deployment of the school’s delegated budget and other resources to meet the pupil’s needs effectively

5. Liaise with parents/carers of pupils with SEN

6. Liaise with and be a key point of contact for external agencies

7. Ensure that the school keeps the records of all SEN pupils up to date

8. Work with the head teacher and school governors to ensure that the school meets its responsibilities with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements by phoning the school on 01388 746336 or sending an email to: Ourladystthomas@durhamlearning.net


If you would like to send us any feedback about any aspect the quality of our work with SEND children, please use the online feedback form. To ensure that it reaches the correct member of staff, please address your message FAO SENCO. We will endeavour to respond to your comments within one week of receiving them.

Compliments and Complaints

The education of all pupils that attend Our Lady & St Thomas RC Primary School is very important to us and as the school is part of the community, the action of the individuals who work in it will and should be open to comments, compliments, question and, sometimes, criticism.

Compliments are always greatly received and can be passed on either directly to staff and the SENCO, or formally recorded via our regular questionnaires to parents or in the form of a letter to the Head Teacher.

Any complaints will be dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible.  These concerns are either sorted out informally, often as a result of discussions, or become formal complaints. The period of consideration will vary with the gravity and complexity of the complaint and the urgency with which it needs to be settled.

Further information can be found in our School Complaints policy.