Additional Learning Needs

We believe that all children have strengths. The weakness is ours if we fail to find them. We promote equal opportunities for all children, whatever their gender, background, race or ability. Our aim is to support all children’s health and well-being.

All children have an entitlement to an education which meets their needs and helps them face challenges as their future enfolds. This places a huge responsibility on the school but we meet it ‘head on’ and with enthusiasm and skill. We do the best we possibly can for every child.

We take a “whole school” approach towards Additional Learning Needs (ALN). Pupils whom we identify with a need are integrated into the mainstream classes where they participate fully in the National Curriculum and all aspects of school life. Our schemes of work are appropriate for mixed ability groups and tasks for pupils with Additional Learning Needs are included in these schemes. When appropriate an Individual Education Programme (IEP) is devised for a pupil with specific learning difficulties.

Assessment of each child begins with the Baseline Profile on entry to the school, where any problems or concerns of the parents or teacher can be noted. A number of standard reading tests are used to monitor progress throughout the school in addition to Y4 CATS and end of year assessments.

Special Educational Needs are met in a 4 stage process laid down by the current SEN Code of Practice. The process starts with the identification of the child’s needs and may end, if necessary, with the LEA issuing a Statement of Special Educational Needs. Progress at each stage is monitored. Assessment is used for diagnostic purposes and the children are closely tracked and given targets for improvement.

Some Gifted and Talented children must be recognised as having Special Educational Needs. We try to provide extension and enrichment activities for them so that they can experience the curriculum at a fast pace and have broader learning opportunities.

  • Our Special Needs Coordinator:
  • Looked After Children Coordinator:
  • Child Protection Officer:
  • Ms Sharon Quine
  • Ms Sharon Quine
  • Mr Mark Williams

Our SEN and LAC policies are reviewed annually and are available at the school for inspection by prior arrangement.

Please click on the link below to view the updated ALN system guide for parents from the Welsh Government.

Addition Learning Need (ALN) System –  Parents’ Guide