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Inclusion at Thornhill Primary School


The Head teacher and governors share the responsibility to ensure that the needs of all children are met at Thornhill Primary School.  The governor with responsibility for special needs is Duncan Jennings.


The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) Helen Scales, who is part of the Senior Leadership Team, has the day to day responsibility to monitor and co-ordinate provision across the school for pupils with special needs. The SENCO meets weekly with the head Teacher, and regularly with class teachers and other senior leaders to discuss pupil progress and review targets. She liaises with parents, teachers, Support staff and outside agencies to ensure the correct provision is in place for pupils.


The SENCO is the line manager for the Teaching Assistants and co-ordinates training for them and class teachers to ensure they have the relevant training to support all of our pupils.


If parents have a concern about their child’s learning this should be raised initially with the class teacher who will, if necessary, arrange a meeting with the SENCO.


Within Thornhill Primary school we also have the Spinney Unit. This is resource based provision for 8 pupils (with Education Health Plans) who are on roll at Springwell school. Pupils attend their morning lessons in the Spinney however are fully integrated with assemblies, PE & games as well as all other foundation subjects. We are delighted that we are able to support this high level of inclusion as it is so beneficial to us all to be able to learn and work together. For more information - please contact


Further information can be found in our Local Offer (below) and on the Policy section of the website (Special Needs Policy, Equality Policy etc).

Thornhill Primary School - Local Offer and Equality and Accessibility plan.

New arrangements for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

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