Rockcliffe CofE School 

Open Monday to Friday 8.45am until 5.30pm

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Rockcliffe CE School is situated in the heart of the village of Rockcliffe, four miles outside Carlisle. The school serves the villages of Rockcliffe, Cargo, Todhills and the new Crindledyke Farm development. We provide an excellent learning environment for our children and the community. We offer Nursery Education each afternoon and a local mother-toddler playgroup on Monday and Thursday mornings led by a Teaching Assistant from the school.

We are a happy, friendly school with a strong Christian ethos based on respect, honesty, trust and forgiveness where your child is at the heart of all that we do. The staff and governors work together to provide the best possible start for your child. We have approximately 130 children in the school and nursery divided into five classes.

We have an after school club - Rocky's - which supports parents with after school care. This is in addition to after-school clubs and activities.

Our standards are high and we offer a wide range of learning opportunities to all including enrichment through extra-curricular activities, residential visits and community links. The school has close links with neighbouring schools and with Trinity School in Carlisle to which the majority of our children transfer at age 11.

The main school is open daily from 8.45am until 3.15pm.

Our Nursery is open from 12.15pm until 3.15pm

Playgroup runs from 9.30am until 11.30pm on a Monday and Thursday morning during term time.

Who to contact

Contact Name
David Hodgkiss
Contact Position
Head Teacher
01228 674631 
Rockcliffe CofE School

Where to go

Rockcliffe CE School

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Monday to Friday 8.45am until 5.30pm
Time of day
Session Information
Nursery times are 12.15pm until 3.15pm

Other details


Rockcliffe CE School provides a broad based education for children aged 3 to 11.  Our Nursery runs each afternoon and children here usually feed into our Foundation Class.  Our intake each year is a maximum of twenty children.

Local Offer

Local Offer Description

We are happy to discuss the needs of all children with their parents in order to offer the best possible education.  Visits from prospective parents are welcomed and are the best opportunity to discuss the specific need of your children.

Further details can be read in our SEND Policy.  A link to this is attached.

Contact Name
David Hodgkiss
Contact Telephone
01228 674631
Contact Email

Age Bands

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?

Staff identify children with additional needs and provide targetted support in the classroom.  Should the child's need not be able to be met from within this resource then discussions are held with the Special Needs Co-ordinator.

Further advice and support from profesionals is sought at this point.

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

Early Years staff will discuss individual needs with a child's parents.  

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

Rockcliffe CE School teaches the National Curriculum.  Individual elements of this are matched to a childs needs.  Should a child required specific support then Teaching Assistants normally support a child or group to facilitate curriculum accessiblilty.

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?

Feedback to parents is made regularly.  Children understand what they are doing well and how they can improve through deailed feedback within lessons and comments made on their work.

Regular assessments identify further strengths.

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

Class Teachers provide primary pastoral care for all the children in their care.  Other services and resources are used when appropriate.

Support for children currently also includes sessions on personal well being, risk and resiliance and we offer KidsSafe training acros the school.

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

Rockcliffe CE School draws support from Cumbria County Council and the NHS to advise and support its young people.

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?

Staff training is always ongoing.  Currently staff in school are being given Team Teach training, they are reviewing KidsSafe training. A group will be having Makaton training before the summer and all EYFS Staff have a paediatric first aid qualification.

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

All children are involved in out of classroom trips and visits.  Specific requirements are built into prior visit planning and risk assessments.

How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment

Rockcliffe School is built at one level.  There are no steps preventing easy access to all areas of the building.  Disabled WCs are located centrally and in KS2.  Wider cubicles with grab rails are also situated in KS1 and KS2.

Our central WC also has changing facilities and a hoist if required.

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

Rockcliffe School works closely with partner schools before tranisition to the next stage of their learning.  This includes working with SEND staff, allowing schools to contribute to EHCP discussions and inviting schools to joinn TAF meetings when appropriate.

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

Resoucrce allocations are made in discussion with the Head Teacher.  Staffing allocations are made annually and adjusted throughout the year.

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

A decision on any support will be made by the Head Teacher/SENCo and the class teacher.  We will try to incude parents in this discussion but the final decision is reserved for school staff.  We appreciate that the decisions don't please everyone but finite resources will be used to benefit a range of indiviudals with differing needs.

Children with an EHCP allocation will have their statatory minimum met in full.

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