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Our approach


As part of First Federation - a Multi Academy Trust of Church of England Primary Schools, our approach is underpinned by the understanding that:


‘Everyone is a child of God and is immeasurably loved by Him.’


And that


‘All are created in the image of God and are uniquely talented by Him.’


The First Federation schools aim to be fully inclusive school communities and to involve all members of the community in decision-making and policy development.  We regard staff, parents and pupils as undertaking a joint enterprise to make learning exciting and positive for all of us.  We are all members of a team working co-operatively to this end.  The expertise of parents and carers is highly valued.

We do not discriminate in any way against any pupil seeking admission.  Once pupils are at the school, our aim is to provide the best possible learning experiences for all. This includes giving necessary support to individuals or groups of pupils who require something extra to meet their needs.  We want all pupils to have full access not only to the taught curriculum but also to out of school enrichment activities and all are encouraged to participate in the wide range of clubs and sports.  Pupils will be involved in reviewing their learning experiences, evaluating their progress and actively planning their learning.


We support the LA Policy on Inclusion and our curriculum policies are fully inclusive.

Parents of pupils with SEN wishing to complain about the SEN provision should follow the Federation Complaints procedure, which can be accessed by clicking here.



Our SENcos


Miss H Slater, is the SENco for Aveton Gifford, Blackpool, Chudleigh Knighton, Lady Seaward's, Newton Ferrers and Salcome CE Primary Schools.  She can be contacted through these schools' office or by completing our contact form by clicking here.

Mrs L Boud is the SENco for Brixington Primary Academy and can be contacted through the school's office. 

Mrs Lucy Thompson is the SENco for St Leonard's CE Primary School and can be contacted through the school's office.

Mrs Susan Desborough is the SENco for Westcliff Primary Academy and can be contacted through the school's office. 



Our policies & reports


You will find below the First Federation Policy for Children with Special Educational Needs, our SEN Information Report, and our Equality Policy and Objectives, as well as the Accessibility Plans for the First Federation schools.

Arrangements are in place for children with special medical needs, and a policy is being developed to reflect our approach and practice.


The local offer

The Devon Local Offer, information on support and services that are available for children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities in Devon across education, health and social care services, can be found on Devon County Council's website by clicking on the link hereafter: Devon Local Offer



Devon transitional arrangements of Statements to Educational Health Care Plans      


Current Year Group 2014-15

Proposed year of transfer

Year Group at point of transfer























Parent support

Sources of independent information, advice and support will be available via the Devon Information Advice & Support (DIAS), formerly The Devon Parent Partnership Service, on their website at:


Mencap and the Department for Education have produced easy read guides - one for children and young people, and one for parents - to explain the changes to special educational needs and disabilities support: one  for children and young people. These can be found at:

Our dedicated SENCo Lucy Thompson leads a team who are passionate about enabling us to meet the needs for all of our learners.

Our SEND information report (link above) contains the following information relating to children with special educational  needs: 

  • the kinds of special educational needs for which we make provision
  • information about the policy for identification and assessment of pupils
  • how we evaluate the effectiveness of the provision made for pupils with SEN / Education, Health & Care Plan
  • our arrangements for assessing and reviewing the progress of pupils
  • our approach to teaching
  • how we adapt the curriculum and learning environment
  • additional support for learning that is available
  • activities that are available, in addition to those available in accordance with the curriculum
  • support that is available for improving emotional and social development
  • the expertise and training of staff
  • how specialist expertise will be secured
  • how equipment and facilities will be secured
  • the arrangements for consulting parents and involving them in the child's education
  • the arrangements for consulting young people and involving them in their own education
  • how the governing body deals with complaints from parents concerning provision made at the school
  • how the governing body involves other agencies in supporting pupils and their families
  • our arrangements for supporting pupils in transferring between phases of education 


Accessibility Plan for Disabled Pupils


We have a number of children who may be considered disabled. We have a robust inclusion ethos at St Leonard's and ensure every child experience our diverse curriculum. We have flat access to all our classrooms and learning areas, provide additional Physical Education opportunities for children with Special Eductional Needs and regularly take part in inter school competitions specifically aimed at this target group.

Our new classroom block opened in September 2015 and along with the wide access doors and large classroom space came additional outdoor areas for recreational use which further enhance use by disabled pupils.

See our Parent Tab for details of our Parent Inclusion Ambassador