Sankey Valley St James' C E Primary School

Mission Statement

We are a Church of England Primary School and as such The Christian Values are fundamental to all we do in school. Taken from the school website for futher information please visit the website

Extended Services

By 2010, all children and families should have access to a range of extended services in and around their school. While many schools may choose to develop an even richer mix of services and activities, the core offer for mainstream and special schools is:

  • Primary schools provide access to high-quality childcare, 8am-6pm, five days a week, 48 weeks a year, in accordance with their communities' needs, combined with a varied menu of activities (study support) to enhance achievement and broaden interests
  • Secondary schools provide access to a varied menu of study support and enrichment activities, which provide fun and stimulating activities for young people, as well as a safe place to be
  • Schools provide access to parenting support, including information sessions for parents of pupils joining reception and on transfer to secondary school; signposting to national and local sources of information, advice and support; access to parenting groups using structured, evidence-based parenting programmes; and family learning sessions to allow children to learn with their parents, where consultation has shown there is a demand
  • Swift and easy access: working closely with other statutory services and the voluntary and community sector, schools ensure that children with additional needs are identified as early as possible, and are well supported through integrated working with other services
  • Schools ensure they provide community access to appropriate facilities, such as ICT suites, sports and arts facilities, and also provide access to adult learning


Childcare provision related to this school

Connect Club Out of School Care

Childminders also provide out of school care and some may have specified they pick up/drop off from this school.
Please contact the Families Information Service for more details.

For more detailed information of childcare linked to this school please contact the Families Information Service, who can offer comprehensive up to date information on registered childcare in Warrington, including childminders, day nurseries, pre-schools, playgroups, out of school and holiday clubs, carer & toddler groups, leisure activities and much more.....

Other Useful contacts

WBC school admissions ,transport & pupil service team 01925 446226

(Sections of this information is based on text kindly provided by the DFE)


Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Deb Feltham
Contact Position
Head Teacher
01925 659307
01925 231637
Sankey Valley St James' CE Primary school website

Where to go

Sankey Valley St. Jame's CE Primary School
Dorchester Road
Great Sankey

Local Offer


We are a one form entry Church of England Primary School with a 52 place nursery.

Contact Name
Mrs D Feltham (Acting Head Teacher)
Contact Telephone
01925 659307
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 - Primary

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

Speech and language screens are completed in Reception to ensure early identification of any concerns. Children are regularly assessed against age expected outcomes in relation to academic performance. If a teacher feels that there is an issue they will monitor the child ensuring that there is quality teaching and if concerns continue advice will be taken depending on the area of concern. Parents/carers are kept informed at all stages and we have an open door policy at school so parents and carers can raise concerns at any time. Staff are aware of the expected behavior in relation to children’s social and emotional behavior and if we feel that there is an issue we use assessment materials such as a Boxall profile to help us pinpoint the specific area of need. 

How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

We have an open door policy at Sankey Valley St James and teachers and senior managers are always willing to speak to parents and carers about any concerns that they may have. You will be regularly informed of your child’s academic progress.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

We have an experienced SENCo who will work with your child’s teachers to develop a specific plan for your child’s identified needs. She will arrange for assessments from other professionals such as our school’s Educational Psychologist, speech and language therapists or the inclusion team if this is deemed necessary. The process will be explained to you by your child’s teacher with the SENCo. Other members of the senior management team are always ready to meet with you should you have any questions or concerns. The governors are kept informed of the numbers of children we have with special educational  needs and monitor their progress through interrogating both internal and external  tracking data. This data also allows us to monitor how effective our provision is. The school also regularly reviews the impact of its SEN provision through staff and senior management team meetings.  Our provision for children with additional needs is a real strength of the school and they make progress which is consistently above that expected nationally.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

Children with a special educational need will have an individual education plan or individual behavior plan which focuses on their next steps. The curriculum is differentiated to meet their needs and this is reflected in teachers individual planning. In the foundation stage children have a Learning Journal which school staff and parents both contribute to. In Key Stage 1 and 2 children are formally assessed each term and these results are reported to parents three times a year.  Children also receive a longer report at the end of each academic year.  We do provide individualised curriculums for children when this is needed.  This is planned in partnership with parents and other professionals involved in the child’s care.

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

We offer various ways in which you can be informed about your child’s progress depending on your circumstances. We will discuss expected progress with you when we share your child’s individual educational plan and we will review these plans regularly and inform you of the outcome. We operate home school books and teachers or senior managers will always contact you by phone or in person if we feel that anything significant has happened that you should be aware of.

Children’s targets are sent home with their assessment information each term.  Each class also sends out a newsletter at the beginning of each half term or topic so that parents know what their child is working on and can support them at home with this. We have found this to be particularly useful for children with hearing or speech and language needs so parents are able to introduce new vocabulary connected to their topic work. 

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

The pastoral care of your child is normally the responsibility of your child’s teacher and any teaching assistants that work with your child. As we are a small school the children are also know by senior managers who will also be a point of contact for your child and will be monitoring their social and emotional development. We pride ourselves on our success in working with children with behavioral issues and we have a clear behavioral policy that is adhered to by all staff. For children with either long term or short term emotional or behavioral needs we offer nurture group provision. Medicines are usually administered through the school office although inhalers are kept in class. We work closely with our Educational Welfare Officer to address any attendance issues should they occur. Your child’s views will be sought when writing and reviewing their individual education plan.

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?

As a school we are able to access the services of inclusion, educational psychologist, health, speech and language.

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

We have two teaching assistants who have had Speech and language training, and two teaching assistants who have had Nurture Group training.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Our school is a single storey building so access is available to all parts of the school. Adaptations would be made to any after school provision to enable your child to attend. Individual plans are made for activities and trips so that children are well supported. They are made in consultation with parents/carers so that all children are able to enjoy school life to the full.

How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?

The building is wheelchair accessible with a disabled toilet.  School does make provision for parents or children with disabilities if it is needed. Equipment is obtained for children in line with recommendations from other professionals. Every effort is made to support children and parents whose language is other than English and we understand the importance of continuing to use children’s first language to fully develop their speech and language skills.

How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

We offer children and parents/carers who are joining our school the opportunity to visit the school. At this point any preparation that would be needed to ensure a smooth transition would be discussed and planned for example a phased introduction or the opportunity to take photographs to familiarise them with the school and key staff that would be working with them. We have established good relationships with the local High Schools which the majority of our children transfer to. Extra transitions days are put in place for any child that would benefit from this.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

We use resources provided to purchase any specific equipment needed for individual children. We also maintain a high number of experienced teaching assistants throughout the school to support and enhance learning for all children.   We ensure that children’s needs are matched to resources effectively and are regularly reviewed to ensure they are meeting the children’s needs.

How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?

The decision about the support your child is based on their needs. The SENCo will if necessary involve the class teacher and Senior Management Team. Your child’s Individual Education plan will be regularly reviewed. The intervention group provision that your child might be part of is also regularly reviewed and the impact monitored through at least termly assessments.