At St. John's we believe that all children have the right to a high quality education, where all children are supported and feel that they belong. We operate an inclusive culture where everyone is welcomed and all staff and children respect each other. We have policies and practices which respond to diversity and value everyone equally
At the heart of the work of every primary school class is a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and assessment which takes account of the wide range of abilities, aptitudes and interests of the children. The majority of children will learn and progress within these arrangements. Those children whose overall attainments and achievement in specific subjects fall significantly outside the expected range may have Special Educational Needs or a Disability. (SEND)
We provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils which focuses on setting suitable learning challenges, responds to pupils’ diverse learning needs and overcomes barriers to learning. Children have Special Educational Needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. Special educational provision is that which is additional to or different from the educational provision made generally for children of their age.
In class, support is given to individuals and small groups. Our teachers plan lessons that are differentiated and resources are made so that all children are able to participate and achieve in the lesson.
We have a range of resources to support children and ensure that they are able to access the curriculum. We have a team of teaching assistants who deliver daily interventions on a 1:1 and small group basis.
Children with additional needs have targets set though an IEP (Individual Education Plan) which is reviewed on a termly basis. Each child is involved in reviewing their IEP which is done alongside their class teacher and teaching assistant.
Communication with parents is paramount and a weekly school newsletter is sent to all parents. Each class sends a half-termly newsletter to all parents. An open door policy is in operation where parents can contact the Head/SENCo or teacher through email, telephone or make an appointment for a longer 1:1 session to discuss any issues.
We have an excellent relationship with the local secondary schools. We liaise with secondary schools to support each child's individual needs.