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St Paul of the Cross Catholic Primary School

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All children in England between the ages of 5 and 16 years are entitled to a free place at a state school. Legally your child reaches compulsory school age at the beginning of the term following his/her fifth birthday. In Warrington, however, it is current policy to provide education from the beginning of the school year in which your child is 5 years old. This means that a school place will be available in the September following your child’s fourth birthday.  Mainstream state schools are funded by the Local Authority (LA), follow the National Curriculum and are regularly inspected by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).

Information about the school can be found on their website.

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Childcare provision related to this school

  • Funkey Friends Link Club
  • Fun 4 Kids Link Club
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  • 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 admission,  transport & pupil services team 01925 446226

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Clare Abram
Contact Position
Head Teacher
Telephone
01925 224686
Fax: 01925 221259
E-mail
stpaulofthecross_primary@warrington.gov.uk
Website
https://stpaulofthecross.org.uk/.../stpaulofthecross

Where to go

Address
St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Primary School
Milnthorpe Road
Burtonwood
WARRINGTON
Cheshire
Postcode
WA5 4PN

Other details

Availability

Local/National Service?
Local

Local Offer

Description

St Paul of the Cross Catholic Primary School is a one-form entry primary school in a suburb of Warrington. We are a mainstream primary school with seven classes. Our children are aged 4 to 11.

Contact Name
Dominic Vernon (Head Teacher) Patricia Johnson (SENCo)
Contact Telephone
01925 224686
Contact Email
stpaulofthecross_primary@warrington.gov.uk
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?

At St Paul of the Cross Catholic Primary School, every child is equally important and we carefully track progress to ensure that every child has their needs met.  All of our teachers carry out detailed formal and informal assessments every term.   Informal assessments may take the form of observations, questioning, the children’s work, etc.  When it appears that a child is not making an expected level of progress or other concerns arise, then discussions will take place with the school Special Needs Coordinator (SENCo). Parents/carers will also be invited in to discuss concerns and the strategies that will be put into place to help that child, both at home and at school. This will then be reviewed regularly to evaluate that the strategies used have helped the child.  Where necessary, further discussion will then take place as to whether it would be appropriate to involve external agencies such as Speech and Language, the Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapy, Behaviour Consultant, School Nurse etc.

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

We encourage parents/carers to communicate with us if they have any issues, questions or worries. We believe that working in close partnership with parents is the best way to meet the needs of all children. If a parent/carer had a concern, their first point of call would be the class teacher initially.

The class teacher would then work with parents and the SENCo to establish if any further actions was necessary.

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

The class teacher would be the main person responsible for ensuring that any actions to support a child were taken and that progress was closely monitored.

The level of support that each child receives varies according to need and the resources available.  The SENCo works closely with all staff and is the link to external agencies where appropriate and has the overview of what support is being provided and the impact that the support is having. It is not uncommon for the SENCo to be involved in meetings with parents too. There is a designated Special Needs governor and all governors are kept informed regarding overall SEN provision. The Head Teacher is also fully involved in decisions made regarding support and resources and can also provide advice and support.

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?

All teachers at St Paul of the Cross Catholic Primary School ensure that lessons are differentiated to meet the varying abilities and needs of the children. Some children will also need individualised programs of work, (Individual Education Plans / IEPs) with specific, measurable targets to ensure that they make progress. These IEPs will be monitored regularly and parents are kept informed of targets set and progress towards them.

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

We monitor progress and provide feedback to parents/carers in the following ways:

  • Termly Pupil Progress Meetings to monitor attainment and progress, identify any children who are causing concern and plan provision or intervention to address concerns
  • Sharing Individual Education Plan targets and progress towards these targets at set review points throughout the year.
  • Autumn Term and Spring Term Parents’ Evening to discuss targets and progress
  • Written report in the Summer Term
  • Informal meetings held with parents/carers as and when necessary
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

Our Mission Statement makes clear our holistic approach to children growth, learning and development.

Positive attitudes and behaviour are expected and reinforced at all times.

We use assemblies, ‘circle time’, focus days and focus weeks to address specific areas of the PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum, for example Anti-Bullying Week. Discussions around issues such as friendship take place on very regular basis. Our Religious Education Programme also provides further links to children’s emotional health and wellbeing. Where appropriate, small group or individual support may be offered in negotiation with the SENCo and/or the Head Teacher.

If any of our children need to take medication during the school day, we ask parents to adhere to our policy for administration of medicines and to complete a form to give their consent for their child to be given medicine.  

Every term we review the attendance of all children at the school and get in touch with any families where attendance is becoming a concern.

We liaise with health care professionals and request advice where appropriate.  A referral may be made to a Complex Case Panel, which involves multi agency representation, for any pupil has a need that requires further investigation.

Where necessary, we arrange bespoke staff training for all staff including governors for exceptional issues, usually from outside agencies involved with the child. The SENCo also provides in house training for more common issues.

Staff are committed to ensuring appropriate safeguarding procedures are followed. Where necessary external support may be sought from external agencies such as the Local Authority Education Safeguarding Team and/or Social Care.

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

Our SENCo is very experienced. We currently have teaching assistants trained to deliver Early Years Speech and Language screening and early intervention programmes. 

We are able to access a range of external services for more specialist support, including:

  • Child Development Centre
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Common Assessment Framework Team (CAF)
  • Inclusion Team Teacher for Learning (ITTL)
  • Educational Psychologist (EP)
  • Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT)
  • Family Support Workers
  • Consultant Paediatrician
  • Audiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • School Health Advisor
  • School Attendance Officer
How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

Staff are informed about recent SEND changes and information through:

  • Staff meetings
  • INSET by SENCo, colleagues and from inclusion service when necessary.
  • Training delivered by external agencies as and when required.
How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

All children are fully included in trips, residential visits, after school clubs and general school activities. Parents/carers are consulted at every step of the way and are involved in helping us to ensure any adaptations that need to be made are successful. Extra staff are employed where needed.

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 school environment has been made as inclusive as possible with wheelchair access and disabled toilet facilities.

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

Wherever possible we prepare the children for transition to new settings in a manner most appropriate to the individual. For some children this takes the form of additional visits to the new setting, for others this might be working through materials which address key aspects of the new setting. Some of our children benefit from lengthy transition work whereas others find an extended transition stressful, and require a shorter introduction. We have good links with our local high schools and work closely with the staff from those settings.

All staff hold transition meetings before the end of the Summer Term to ensure smooth transition from one class to another within the school.

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

The school’s SEN resource budget is allocated on a priority needs basis. Whilst we do not have a separate SEN budget, the school’s overall expenditure funds additional staffing and resources where needed. The SENCo and Head Teacher agree which resources are needed to best meet the needs of learners and occasionally, where large costs are concerned, approval may need to be sought from the Governing Body.

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

When children’s needs are initially identified based on school’s assessment procedures a discussion takes place between teachers, parents/carers and children to identify the focus for support and the desired outcomes.  Support / provision will then be planned to address the identified needs. Support of other agencies may be sought if required.

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