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Great Sankey Community Primary School

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Great Sankey is a school where the needs of growing children are paramount and where we aim to offer the best quality educational experience for the pupils in our care.

We try to create a stimulating environment where all are respected and have a part to play in our caring school community, which includes our staff, governors, pupils, parents and friends.

Through a happy and orderly structure we hope our pupils will feel secure and confident to participate readily in the process of learning.

Great Sankey Primary is a school that values standards and achievement.

We are extremely proud of all that goes on here.

Information taken from Great Sankey Community Primary School website.

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 Childcare provision related to this school

  • Fun out of School Link Club
    Please see separate entry under 'nursery' for more details.
  • Fun Out of School Club
    Please see separate entry under 'childcare' for more details.
  • 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.....

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Who to contact

Contact Name
Victoria Briggs
Contact Position
01925 728176
Great Sankey Primary

Where to go

Great Sankey Primary School
Liverpool Road
Great Sankey

Other details

Local Offer


Great Sankey Primary is a caring and inclusive school whose goal is to ignite curiosity, motivate, challenge and inspire children so that ‘together we learn and grow.’

Contact Name
Victoria Briggs (Head Teacher)
Contact Telephone
01925 728176
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?

At Great Sankey Primary we have a dedicated and professional team of staff who work closely to monitor the progress of children in school. Children are tracked with regular assessments to ensure they are making progress and where there is a concern, we work closely with parents to narrow any gap. Where initial concerns are raised, staff will engage with parents / carers to investigate any possible underlying issues that may be affecting their performance in school. Following this, staff would seek the advice of the SENCo and place the child on the SEN register and, if required, produce an individual plan of additional provision. If external specialist advice is needed, this would be requested through the SENCo.

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

If parents / carers are concerned that there child has Special Educational Needs they should initially raise these with the class teacher. We operate an open door policy where parents / carers can speak to their child's class teacher or a member of staff after school. For those parents / carers working full time we are more than happy to speak over the telephone when convenient. Once needs have been identified and established staff work closely with the SENCo, families and where applicable outside agencies and organisations to meet the needs of the individual child within our setting.

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

The SENCo has overall responsibility for liaison with all necessary parties to ensure that lines of communication are clearly maintained. They oversee the implementation of Education Provision Plans (EPP) and work with the teacher and support staff to ensure that targets are appropriate, realistic and well resourced. The views of parents / carers and children all contribute to setting and assessment of targets. Depending on the varying needs of the child they may be supported by a teaching assistant within the class, in small group support or with one to one support over time. If your child is receiving additional support you will be informed about this and the process will be clearly explained to you. The school's link governor for Special Educational Needs (Mrs S Dewhirst) meets with the SENCo to review policies, procedures and along with the Head Teacher, reviews the effectiveness of arrangements and provision for children with Special Educational Needs.

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?

At Great Sankey Primary we offer a varied and exciting curriculum that supports the development of both skills and knowledge. We aim to ensure learning is interesting, fun and relevant to the children and we constantly review the curriculum offered. All teachers are expected to differentiate accordingly to the varying needs and abilities within their class.  Children with Special Educational Needs will have an EPP with targets that will guide the teacher when planning work for the child. Regular observations, assessments and reviews of planning take place to ensure that the curriculum is best matched to the child's needs. Occasionally children may find it difficult to access all areas of the curriculum in school and it may be necessary to plan an individualised curriculum that is more relevant to the needs of the child. In these cases, parents / carers would be encouraged to support the school in a team approach to ensure that learning is appropriate and within the capacity of the child with Special Educational Needs.

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

We report to parents and carers throughout the year. We hold three parent's evenings and send home two interim reports and one detailed written report. In addition to this, parents of children with Educational Special Needs work closely with the teacher, SENCo and where relevant, outside agencies. EPPs are sent home, reviewed together and new targets set. Some children may require home/school contact books and these are put in place where needed. Parents / carers may also meet on a more regular basis with the teacher or teaching assistant when necessary. Staff will endeavour to support parents / carers by directing and signposting them to any relevant training, learning events or support. Children with statements of Special Educational Needs will have their provision reviewed at an annual meeting with parents, staff and all relevant professionals.

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

All lessons at Great Sankey Primary are inclusive, with adjustments made depending on the needs of the children within the class. Children with disabilities are included on all school visits, residential and after school clubs. We have a pastoral care group in which the social needs of children are supported and developed. Where appropriate we have a trained member of staff who can also support children with their emotional wellbeing on a one to one basis. We have a detailed behaviour policy that encourages positive praise and, where behaviour may be a concern, we work closely with parents / carers to develop a plan of support for the child with the aim of reducing incidents of negative behaviour and raising self-esteem. Within school we have a dedicated room that a child can use for 'time out' away from the classroom or playground. We work closely with parents / carers to increase attendance and where there is a decline we support and have processes in place to ensure the child is in school. If a child requires medicines we work with parents / carers and when appropriate, outside agencies to accommodate and support. We also have a dedicated medical room to support children with their personal care needs if required.

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

The experienced SENCo works closely with the Head Teacher to oversee the organisation of SEN services within school. We deploy Teaching Assistants with relevant experience to work closely with SEN children both one to one and in small groups. Teaching Assistants, who have had specialist training, deliver Speech and Language and Social Skills Programmes. Through the SENCo referrals are made to access specialist services, including: Speech and Language therapy; Occupational Therapy; Health Advisor; Specialist Nurses for ASD and ADHD; Learning Support; Educational Psychologist and the Paediatrician. Referrals to Social Care Services can also be made through the Designated Senior Protection Officer.

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

Staff who support children with SEND, where needed, have access to relevant training to help them support the child they work with. All staff work closely as a team to pool their expertise and share good practice. In recent times staff have undergone training in Speech and Language development, Social Care, Narrative development, Positive Handling, ASD, and first aid. We have also had informative visits from specialist nurses who work with children with both ASD and ADHD.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Every child at Great Sankey Primary has full and equal access to activities planned outside the classroom and educational visits, including residential holidays. When planning external learning opportunities we carefully consider the needs both physically, socially and emotionally of all children. Parents / carers are involved in these decisions and together we try to ensure that the child experiences planned activities in a safe and supported manner. One to one support is provided by a Learning Support Assistant where needed. The level of support required is assessed by staff that carry out a Risk Assessment prior to the visit.

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?

Our school has full disabled access within the building. We have three disabled toilets, including a fully equipped medical room with shower. Classrooms have large interactive whiteboards to enable staff to increase font size and change background colours for children with visual needs. The car park also has two designated disabled parking spaces.

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

Transition is very important to us at Great Sankey Primary and we work closely with parents / carers and other schools to ensure successful transition between key stages, year groups and schools. When children join us in Nursery we hold a number of 'taster' sessions and encourage parents / carers to support their child and the school’s ethos. Children in Reception are visited by staff in their nursery setting or at home to support transition. Additional home visits can be arranged if it is felt more support is needed. Children then have a number of 'taster' days and for the children's first two weeks in Reception their entry is staggered to enable them to settle more easily into their new environment. For some children with Special Educational Needs we also produce information books, with relevant photographs to help them become familiar with their new surroundings and the key staff they will come into contact with. We also liaise closely with the high schools that arrange additional taster days and meetings with key staff to share important background information and support the child's transition into a new setting.

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

At Great Sankey Primary we allocate our Special Educational Needs Budget carefully depending on the needs of the children. The funding is used in a number of ways including the appointment of key teaching assistants, relevant training and the purchase of appropriate resources and adaptations to areas where needed.

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

Within the classroom, support decisions will be made initially by the class teacher and may take the form of intervention groups, in class group support or one to one support from the class teacher or teaching assistant depending on the level of need identified. At a whole school level a provision map is employed to identify and allocate additional support in individual classes. This is overseen by the SENCo, Head Teacher, Senior Leaders and Governors. In the case of children with statements, the Local Authority provides additional funding in addition to the funding provided by school.

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