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St. Joseph's Catholic Primary and Nursery School (Retford)

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Retford 

Children join the Foundation Stage 1 group for either 5 morning or 5 afternoon sessions each day of the week.  Please note afternoon sessions are currently only available to those children who access 30hrs

Who to contact

01777 702850

Where to go

St. Josephs Primary School
Babworth Road
DN22 7BP

Other Details


Childcare Information

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday to Friday 8.50am 3.30pm School Day
Monday to Friday 8.45am 11.45am Foundation morning session
Monday to Friday 12.45pm 3.45pm Foundation afternoon session

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Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)
Early Years (0-4 years)

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

1. What kinds of special educational needs does the school/setting make provision for?

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary is a mainstream primary school. We aim to provide every child with access to a broad and balanced education. This includes the National Curriculum in line with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. We admit pupils to the school based upon the admissions policy and procedure, welcoming all pupils including those with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).


2. (For mainstream schools & maintained nurseries only) How does the school/setting know if pupils need extra help and what should I do if I think that my child may have special educational needs?

The person responsible for overseeing the provision for children with SEND is Mr Richard Hilton. The person co-ordinating the day to day provision of education for pupils with SEND is Mrs Chloe Lewis (SENDCO). St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is committed to the early identification of pupils’ needs. We follow a graduated approach of quality first teaching, regularly monitored SEND support then a referral for and EHC plan if necessary. We have an open door policy where you are warmly welcomed to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your child or their needs,

3.a) How does the school/setting evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for pupils with special educational needs?

We review the effectiveness of our SEND policy annually. The results of this will be published on the school website.

3.b) How will both the school/setting and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will the school/setting help me to support their learning?

Pupil progress will be monitored on a termly basis in line with the SEND Code of Practice. We meet with parents to review progress made and set targets for the next academic term including deciding on appropriate strategies to support the pupil.

3.c) What is the school's approach to teaching pupils with special educational needs?

The support provided consists of a four – part process:

  • Assess (identifying pupils’ needs including staff, pupil, parent and external agency views)
  • Plan (in consultation with all relevant parties, appropriate provision will be planned)
  • Do (the class teacher is responsible for ensuring support and intervention is carried out and will seek support and advice from the SENDCO as possible)
  • Review (Termly reviews will take place to assess the effectiveness of the provision and plan the next steps for the pupil)
3.d) How will the curriculum and learning be matched to my child/young person's needs?

Pupils with SEND will be given access to the curriculum through the specialist SEND provision provided by the school as is necessary, as far as possible, in line with the wishes of their parents and the needs of the individual. We offer a range of interventions and programs to support pupils and make use of our TA’s and assist access to the curriculum. The school curriculum is regularly reviewed by all staffto ensure that it promotes the inclusion of all pupils. This includes learning outside the classroom. We have several areas around school including the rainbow room, library and study room to allow quiet working environments for groups or individuals. We have a range of assistive resources such as sloped writing desks, adapted writing equipment, iPads and other IT equipment to support pupils.

3.e) How are decisions made about the type and amount of support my child/young person will receive?

The decisions regarding what support is appropriate and required is made in conjunction with the class teacher, SENDCO and parents. We have a wide range of intervention programs which we use as appropriate. The effectiveness of these is reviewed at pupil progress review meetings. For details on the funding of the support, please see the SEND Policy.

3.f) How will my child/young person be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?

All pupils are provided with equal opportunities. If additional support or arrangements need to be made to support a pupils in accessing out of school activities, then we work in conjunction with parents to ensure this happens.

3.g) What support will there be for my child/young person's overall well-being?

We access the services of Think Children as necessary to support pupils. We also have a wide range of programs in school such as ‘managing behaviour’, ’becoming socially and emotionally talented children’ and ‘Zippy’s Friends’. We also run nurture groups as appropriate to support pupils. We access external support services when required to advise and run sessions.

4. (For mainstream schools and maintained nurseries) Who is the school/setting's special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) and what are their contact details.

Mrs Chloe Lewis 

01777 702850

5. a) What training have staff supporting special educational needs had and what is planned?

We aim to keep all school staff up to date with relevant training and developments in teaching practice in relation to the needs of pupils with SEND. Other training for teachers and teaching assistants will be organised as and when required. If a particular pupil’s needs require specific staff training then this will be organised. We recognise the need to train all our staff on SEND issues and we have funding available to support this professional development. The SENDCO, with the leadership team, ensures that training opportunities are matched to school development priorities and those identified through the use of provision management.

5.b) What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed by the setting/school?

We access specialist services as we feel necessary. We do this through our close relationship with Elizabethan Family of Schools and following referral processes. All instances of seeking additional expertise will be done in full discussion with parents.

6. How will equipment and facilities to support pupils with special educational needs secured? How accessible is the school/setting?

Funding for individual children will be organised and arranged by the SENDCO in consultation with the Senior Leadership Team. The school has a range of specialist SEND facilities in place. These are:

  • Disabled Toilet
  • A range of assistive resources such as sloped writing desks, adapted writing equipment, iPads etc.
  • We arrange for support during examinations in line with national advice
  • We arrange specific transport as necessary including taxis
  • Access ramps to classrooms and exits from the building
  • Wide doors to accommodate disabled access
7. What are the arrangements for consulting parents of pupils with special educational needs? How will be I involved in the education of my child/young person?

We operate a home-school agreement with all parents. We believe that a close working relationship with parents is vital in order to ensure:

a) early and accurate identification and assessment of SEND leading to the correct intervention and provision
b) continuing social and academic progress of children with SEND
c) personal and academic targets are set and met effectively

We value the opinions of parents and have an open door policy. Meetings regarding children with SEND are arranged as necessary or when a parent makes a request.

8. What are the arrangements for consulting young people with SEN and involving them in their education?

Pupil voice is very important at St Joseph’s and all staff value the opinions of pupils. Target setting for all children is done in conjunction with the pupils who are encouraged to give their suggestions and ideas. Where possible, pupils with SEND are encouraged to give their thoughts regarding their education in a variety of ways including discussion, questionnaires or by drawing pictures.

9. What do I do if I have a concern or complaint about the SEN provision made by the school/setting?

Please see St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School complaints policy for full details.

If a parent or carer has any concerns or complaints regarding the care or welfare of their child, an appointment can be made by them to speak to the SEND Coordinator, who will be able to advise further on procedures for concerns or complaints.

10. How does the governing body involve other organisations and services (e.g. health, social care, local authority support services and voluntary organisations) in meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs and supporting the families of such pupils?

The school continues to build strong working relationships and links with external support services in order to fully support our SEND pupils and aid school inclusion. Sharing knowledge and information with our support services is key to the effective and successful SEND provision within our school. Any one of the support services may raise concerns about a pupil. We seek advice from all relevant parties when planning education for pupil’s with SEND and often invite external sources to multi-agency meetings.

11. How does the school/setting seek to signpost organisations, services etc who can provide additional support to parents/carers/young people?

Contact details are available on the parent noticeboard (outside classes 4 and 5). For any further information on contact details, see Mr Hilton or Mrs Lewis.

12. How will the school/setting prepare my child/young person to: i) Join the school/setting?

For each pupil joining St Joseph's in the early years, we provide a home visit from the staff working in our Foundation unit. If children are transferring from another setting, we liase with the prior setting and parents to discuss transition needs. Additional transition sessions and activities can be provided as necessary.

ii) Transfer between phases of education (e.g. early years to primary, primary to secondary etc)?

We have strong links with all of our feeder secondary school and operate clear and structured transitions. Where appropriate for children with SEND we include additional transition days and provide support in the form of a TA or carer. We also have a 4 day transition period within our school to prepare pupils for their next class.

iii) Prepare for adulthood and independent living?

We have a strong belief in developing independence for our pupils. We run many activities such as DARE, first aid training and bikeability to develop awareness and safety in our pupils. We also take our year 6 pupils away on a resedential holiday. If individuals required additional support to prepare them them, then this would be provided.

13. Where can I access further information?

We warmly welcome visits to our school and Mr Hilton or Mrs Lewis will answer any additional questions. More information about our school can be found on our school website.

SEN Information Last Updated On: 03/05/2021
Record Last Updated On: 03/05/2021

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