We provide 30 hours childcare for working parents.

Oakley Cross is a small primary school and nursery that serves the community of West Auckland. There are currently 144 pupils on role, organised into six learning groups, and 32 children in nursery.

To find out more about help with childcare costs please visit www.durham.gov.uk/childcarecosts

When is it on?

Time of day
Session information
Monday to Friday 8.45am - 3.30pm

Who to contact

Contact name
Rachel Brannan
Contact position
Head Teacher
01388 833 186

Where to go

Lomond Walk
West Auckland
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL14 9UD

Other details

Related links
Ofsted reports


Free 3/4 yr places
Free 2 yr places
Will be providing 30 hours

Local Offer

Local Offer description

Please see the SEND Information Report on our school website.

Contact name
Charlotte O'Neil
Contact telephone
01388 833 186
Contact email

How do you identify Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)?

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?

Through regular assessment in class the school can identify if children need extra support in class. This could be through small group interventions or through external agencies.

How will you support my child with their special educational needs and disability?

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

In the nursery and reception class regular assessment and play based activities allow staff to identify children who need more time to revisit skills, this will be carried out through memorable play based activities.

How will you make sure my child's education meet their needs?

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

Oakley Cross staff plan an open ended broad and balanced curriculum which then is developed through children's interests.

How will we know my child is progressing?

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?

Oakley Cross has regular meetings with parents to discuss progress, as well as informal meetings based on children's and parents needs.

How will you support my child's overall wellbeing?

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

Oakley Cross offers nuture groups, sports groups and friendship support.

What specialist services and expertise is available at or accessed by the staff?

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

We access a range of support from external provides; The Centre (based at St Helen Auckland Primary School) and support from the local authority, in order to ensure that children's needs are being met.

How are staff trained regarding SEND?

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

Ongoing training as required for the needs of our children. Our SENCO holds the NASENCO qualification and a Post Graduate in Vulnerable Learners.


What activities outside the classroom will there be?

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

All children will be included on trips and this is something which will be developed alongside children's needs. All children are welcome to attend any after school clubs and other activities.

How will you support my child's needs?

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

The building is wheelchair friendly with a disabled toilet.

My child is going to be starting or leaving soon, how will you help them?

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?

Oakley Cross has strong links with secondary schools and if children need additional visits during the transition period, these can be arranged.

What is available to help my child with their education?

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

All resources prepared will meet children's needs in order to ensure they can access the curriculum.

What support can I expect for my child?

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

Levels of support are based upon findings from assessments and any other additional needs which a child may have. These are discussed by staff, SENCO and headteacher, along with children and parents.

How will I be involved in my child's education?

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

At Oakley Cross parents are included in all of their child's needs. Parents will be met with regularly to discuss their child's progress or changes to needs.


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Address: Lomond Walk  West Auckland  Bishop Auckland  County Durham

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