If you are a parent or guardian of a child with Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Disability and you have any questions or concerns relating to our provision, please contact the Head Teacher directly. Complaints relating to our SEN provision would be handled via the School’s overarching complaints policy.
The Current SEN code of practice is found using this link. We recognise our need to abide by this for compliance purposes.
To meet the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty, this school is required to consider how our policies, practices and day-to-day activities impact on pupils and staff. We are required to have “due regard” to the need to:
Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
Advance equality of opportunity
Foster good relations
At Thornhill School (hereinafter referred to as ‘the school’), we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers receiving services from our school, irrespective of race, gender, disability, faith or religion or socio-economic background. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to our school feel proud of their identity and can participate fully in school life.
We have taken an organisational approach and have ensured that all equality strands are part of the work of our school, particularly in relation to creating policy and practice around both delivery of our service and employment but also in relation to other functions such as setting budgets and making appointments.
The achievement of pupils will be monitored by race, gender and disability and we will use this data to support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusivity. We will tackle discrimination by the promotion of equality, challenging bullying and stereotypes and creating an environment which champions respect for all. We believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here.
The Single Equality Scheme (SES) to which this Statement relates also highlights how our school has worked with and listened to the staff, pupils, parents and carers to inform development of objectives and the need and commitment required to ensure the Scheme is a success. This is underpinned by a commitment to promoting positive relationships and understanding between all groups within our school community.
Our SEN register in 2019-20 has 13 pupils. We have several children with autism and others with specific learning needs. We have several pupils with Education and Healthcare plans which receive dedicated support time. Moreover, we have a nursery aged pupil with severe needs who has full-time care. Alongside this register we maintain a list of vulnerable pupils which are targeted for additional nurture group time and other provision.
We offer small class sizes, experienced staff and space for pupils who require it. We have close links with the Educational Psychology service, Autism team and Speech and Language services. The Howgill Centre and other agencies have worked closely with us to support vulnerable pupils including those who are young carers.
We are currently in the process of building work to create a changing area for a pupil with healthcare needs which will include a hoist and separate toilet.
Follow this link to see our offer on the Cumbria County Council website or click on the .pdf document below: