Inclusion at Downs Infants School
We are proud to be an inclusive school. We are committed to our equalities work, and strive hard to ensure that all children make the best progress they can from their starting points. We recognise that for some children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities), even small steps of progress are a result of enormous effort, and we try to celebrate these with them. We teach all children to value difference and to support their peers with things they find challenging. This includes children whose SEND impacts on their behaviour. Our message to all children is that we won't give up on helping you to overcome your challenges. Part of our PSHE curriculum deals with this directly.
At Downs Infant School we believe that every child is entitled to equal access to the curriculum that we provide. We endeavour to ensure equal access for all our pupils through appropriate planning, teaching, monitoring and assessment of the curriculum and through appropriate adaptation of the learning and physical environment as necessary.
Our SENCO is our Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion, Mr Jon Hughes, who has the National SENCO Award (Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education) and Dr Mitchell has this qualification . They lead a team of committed educational professionals to meet the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities within our school. Please contact Mr Hughes via the school office or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your child has SEND and you are considering Downs Infant School for them, please do get in touch. The earlier we are able to talk about your child's needs the better we can support them. If you have a complaint about the way in which support for your child's SEN has been provided, please refer to our SEN policy and then follow our complaints policy found here.
As a welcoming, inclusive school, we take our responsibilities to promote equality very seriously. We are committed to ensuring that no-one in the school community is treated less favourably for reasons of their age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy or maternity. We aim to have due regard for these protected characteristics in developing our school policies and practices, and details of our actions to improve our work in this area are detailed on our annual equalities reports (see below).
We have a named governor for Equalities: Jalia Kangave, and a member of staff responsible for diversity: Mrs Courtsley. They can both be contacted via the school office.