Burnley, St Peters CE Primary School

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10th July 20
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Dear Parent and Carers,

Here at St Peter’s C of E Primary School our mission statement is 'Every Child of God Matters' and we feel it is important to work together with parents and carers to make sure we provide the best possible education for all our pupils. We ensure that the teaching matches the child’s needs and ensure all pupils can make progress.

Yet despite this, some children experience difficulties at some time during their education. This can be difficulties with learning, social and emotional needs or medical needs however most children will be able to overcome these difficulties.

There are some children who will need extra help with their learning in the class room and may also need to work in smaller groups for additional support at other times in the school day.

The children whose teachers have the most concern for are identified and placed on a school register that identifies them as having Special Educational Needs (SEN) that requires differentiated work and additional support.

The children placed on our special educational needs register and have targets set for them to help them progress with their learning. The progress of these pupils is reviewed each term.

If your child is identified as having Special Educational Needs, you will be invited to talk to the class teacher and myself, the Special Needs Co-ordinator. In some cases we may discuss the possibility of seeking the expert advice of an outside agency, e.g. Learning Support Services, the Educational Psychologist or the Visual / Hearing Impairment Teams.

If you would like to discuss your child’s progress at any point just ring the main office and arrange a convenient time.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Crowther

Special Educational Needs (SEN)


All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils' with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.

The four broad ‘areas of need’ are defined as:

Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and Sensory and Physical Needs.


Our school SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) is Mrs Crowther. She has dedicated time each week to support children and families. If you would like to see Mrs Crowther, an appointment can be made through our school office.

From the 1st September 2014, under Section 65 (3) (a) of the Special Educational Needs (Information) Regulations, all schools are required to publish an SEN Information Report on their school websites.

This report must contain SEN information as is set out in the Schedule, as well as utilising the Local Authority (LA) Local Offer. Consequently, the report should meet the needs of SEN pupils as determined by school policy and the provision that the school is able to determine.

Acessibility Plan



What is the Local Offer?


The LA Local Offer:

  • The Children and Families Bill became enacted in 2014. From this date, Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.
  • The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.


Lancashire County Council's Local Offer , outlining services avaliable for children and young people who have SEND can be found at:

SEND Information Advice and Support Service



This dedicated information advice and support service is for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.

The service is impartial, confidential, and free. It can help you to gather, understand and interpret information and apply it to your own situation.

Children and young people can also access the service independently from their parents. They can provide support around:

·         The local offer

·         Local policy and practice

·         Education law on SEN and related law on disability, health and social care

·         Personalisation and personal budgets

They can:

·         Discuss your concerns about special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)

·         Explain SEND policies and procedures in Lancashire

·         Assist you with SEND paperwork

·         Liaise between you, your nursery, school or college and other professionals

·         Support you with relevant meetings

·         Signpost you to other sources of support about SEND

They can also provide advice through parent carer support groups, local SEN youth forums or local disability groups and training events.To access the service please fill in their referral form and one of their officers will contact you within 7 working days.

SEND Information advice and support service referral form

You can contact us on:

SEND Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)

·         Tel: 0300 123 6706 
Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm

·         Email: information.lineteam@lancashire.gov.uk

Healthy Young Minds


Here is a link to the Healthy Young Minds website. Here you can find a variety of advice, guidance and support related to children and young people’s mental health and emotional well being.


More information


Please contact Pat Brereton, the Senior Business Support Officer for further information about the school and to arrange a meeting with Mrs Greenwood the head teacher or Mrs Crowther the Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

Tel: 01282 426873 or email bursar@st-peters-burnley.lancs.sch.uk

Our admission policy states that the number of places available for admission to the Reception class will be a maximum of 30. The governing body will not place any restrictions on admissions to the reception class unless the number of children for whom admission is sought exceeds their admission number. By law, no infant class may contain more than thirty children.

The Governing Body operates a system of equal preferences under which they consider all preferences equally and the Local Authority notifies parents of the result. In the event that there are more applicants than places, after admitting all children with a statement of educational need or an educational, health and care plan naming the school, the governing body will allocate places using the criteria below, which are listed in order of priority.

1. (a) Children in public care and previously looked after children.

    (b) Children with special, medical or social circumstances affecting the child where these needs can only be met at this school.

Professional supporting evidence from a professional, e.g. a doctor, psychologist, social worker, is essential if admission is to be made under the criterion for special medical or social circumstances, and such evidence must set out the particular reasons why the school in question is the most suitable school and the difficulties which would be caused if the child had to attend another school.