Orchard Head Junior, Infant & Nursery School

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)





All Wakefield (LA) maintained schools and Academies have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.

All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with SEND met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.

The four broad ‘areas of need’ are Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and Sensory and Physical Needs.

Transition from Foundation Stage to Year 1

The school has a system for regularly monitoring, assessing and recording the progress of all children, which is then used to identify children who are not progressing satisfactorily and who may have additional needs.  Such assessments are carried out before a child goes from Foundation Stage to Year 1, when children with SEND are re-assessed so that their requirements are in place prior to transition.

The importance of identifying a child with special needs early in their education is crucial. The earlier action is taken to support individuals, the more responsive a child is likely to be. The class teacher will often be the first to identify any problems that a child may be experiencing, however we recognise that the identification of a child’s needs can come from a number of other people, including GPs, parents, health visitors etc.

SEN support

At Orchard Head School we provide for a range of SEND needs. These include: pupils with Statemented SEND, Education and Health Care Plans (EHC plans), My Support Plans (MSP) and other additional SEND needs.

For pupils with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an EHC plan, the amount of support is determined through the Local Authority SEN panel. This panel determines the level of funding which can be offered to the child through the use of a consultation document. Parents, students and the school work on this document through annual reviews or EHC plans/MY Support Plans. 

The SEND Co-ordinator for Orchard Head J I & N School is Mrs Anna Huby.  She may be contacted via the following:

Telephone  01977 723495

Email   contact@orchardhead.net

Please click the following link for the "Young Person's Guide to the 'Children and Families Act 2014'":


Please see the following link for other support services for parents/carers of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: