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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

 “What happens early, matters for a lifetime.”


At Maidenbower Infant School, we aim to create an inclusive, caring and challenging learning environment where all children thrive. We recognise the importance of providing children with a strong start to their schooling years, so that they can develop a lifelong love of learning. Our core belief is that “what happens early, matters for a lifetime”, therefore we ensure that our teaching and learning is the best it can be for all our children. We aim to develop children’s curious young minds and inspire them to learn about the world around them. We want our children to be respectful and kind individuals who help each other to reach their maximum potential. We support all children to be ambitious and achieve so that they are well prepared for their next stage of their education. Our values reflect our beliefs in developing the whole child and our school vision, curriculum and culture is demonstrated in everything we do.


Our Ethos Statement


At Maidenbower Infant School we have a child-centred and inclusive ethos. We aim to teach each pupil at an appropriate level, using suitable teaching methods and resources, thus ensuring that the curriculum successfully meets the needs of all our pupils. We believe that all pupils have individual educational needs, and we relate these needs to the pupils’ abilities as well as any disabilities. We aim to help all pupils achieve success and feel positive about themselves and learning.


At Maidenbower Infant School we aim to provide a broad, relevant and balanced curriculum for all our pupils, including those children with additional educational needs. This is reflected in all of the school’s policies.  We ensure that curriculum planning and assessment for pupils with additional educational needs takes their needs into account, and makes suitable provision for them using all of the resources available.  Interventions for each pupil are reviewed regularly to assess their impact, the pupil’s progress and the views of the pupil, their parents and their teachers.

Aims and Objectives


At Maidenbower Infant School all pupils, regardless of their particular needs, are provided with an inclusive environment in which the teaching and learning achievements and wellbeing of every pupil matters. This inclusive approach will enable all pupils to make the best possible progress within school and to ensure that they are a valued member of the wider school community.


  • We want all pupils with SEND to become confident individuals who will be able to make a successful transition on to the next phase of their educational journey and into adulthood. 
  • To give all pupils with SEND the greatest possible access to a broad and balanced Curriculum
  • We will use our best endeavours to give pupils with SEND the support they need within our school setting.  To ensure that suitable provision is made we will work in cooperative and productive partnership with outside agencies when required to ensure there is a multi-professional approach to meeting the needs of all learners.
  • To acknowledge the importance of the role of the Parent/Carer in their child’s education and to respond to parent/carers and pupil’s views when planning provision for them, to evidence high levels of confidence and partnership.
  • To ensure a high level of staff expertise to meet pupil need, through well targeted continuing professional development.
  • To support pupils with medical conditions to achieve full inclusion in all activities, consulting with health and social care professionals in order to meet their medical needs.

Key Roles and responsibilities


The Inclusion Lead has day to day responsibility for the operation of the SEND policy and coordination of specific provision made to support individual mainstream pupils with SEND, including those who have an EHC Plan. Part of the role of the Inclusion Lead is to coordinate arrangements with the class teacher regarding those pupils with SEN and disabilities.


Inclusion Lead/SENCO: Mrs Rachel Tomlinson

Contact details: (via school office) 01293 886324


SEND Governor – Deepti De Araujo, a member of the governing body of the school and has specific responsibility for overseeing the school’s provision for pupils with special educational needs.

Contact details: (via school office) 01293 886324

Please click on the links below to read our policy and information report to find out more about SEND provision at Maidenbower Infant school: