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Contact details for SENCO

Sally Harrison, Assistant Principal /SENCO TEL: 01332 298969 or via email at:


Further information:

To view our SEND Information Report for 2023 - 2024 please click this link

To view our Harmony Trust Guide to SEND please click this link. 

To view our SEND Policy please click this link.  Please also see our SEND Policy Appendix click this link.

To download our Inclusion Leaflet please click this link.(to be updated)

To download our whole school provision maps please click:  Communication and Interaction, Cognition and LearningSensory and Physical, Social, Emotional and Mental Health

To view the School’s Accessibility Plan please click this link.

To view Derby’s Local Offer please click this link.

To view the SEND Code of Practice please click this link.

Please hover over our Inclusion tab for access to our SEND/Inclusion Newsletters


The Trust's SEND Vision


Our mission statement “Believe, Achieve, Succeed” reflects our understanding and beliefs.

The Trust is committed to improving outcomes for all pupils through providing an appropriate and high quality inclusive education to all members of the Academy community.

The Trust places inclusion at the heart of all its provision and seeks to develop a range of inclusive services to support learners with specific needs to ensure they are given the opportunity to fulfil their potential now and in the future.

The Trust is ambitious for its academies and pupils and believes that with the right support everyone can achieve their best, regardless of their circumstances or background.

Reigate Park

Reigate Park Primary Academy is a larger than average mainstream school of 410 pupils which was newly built in June 2015.  It is situated within the Mackworth area of Derby. The school is built on two levels with a lift available. Reigate Park joined The Harmony Trust in Autumn Term 2018.

We educate children within the primary age range, 3 -11 years, including children who are deaf. At Reigate both deaf and hearing cultures are respected and we are extremely proud of our commitment to inclusivity for all pupils whatever their needs.  All our deaf children are fully integrated into mainstream classes and can access enhanced resources in order to ensure their provision is fully met.  The school benefits from having fully qualified Teachers of the Deaf and Teaching Assistants for the Deaf, as well as access to audiology from the Children’s Hospital, access to a wide range of professionals including a Speech and Language Therapist. We also have a Sound Field System in every classroom as well as in the hall.

Reigate Park Primary Academy is an approved Signature British Sign Language (BSL) Centre and teaches BSL as part of our curriculum to all Key Stage 2 Pupils on a weekly basis.  Opportunities to learn BSL vocabulary through stories and songs are also planned for all children in EYFS and KS1.

Please see the link above to our whole school provision maps for full details of the provision the school can provide.  You can also access our half termly SEND Newsletters by clicking on our SEND tab.


What have OFSTED 2023 said about inclusion at Reigate Park?

In January 2023 OFSTED said:

‘The provision for pupils with Special Educational needs and/or disabilities is a strength of the school’.

‘Children are extremely proud to become proficient uses of British Sign Language’.

‘Pupils with SEND are well supported by teachers and additional adults to achieve across the full curriculum. Their needs are accurately identified, and teachers use effective strategies well to help these pupils overcome barriers to learning’.

Consulting with parents and young people

At Reigate Park we actively encourage parents to be involved in their children’s education. Parents will be involved in all stages of the SEND procedure, beginning when initial concerns are expressed. Parents who are concerned about any issues regarding SEND should, in the first instance, contact school and discuss their concerns with the Class Teacher/SENCO or any other member of staff involved with their child’s education.  If a parent feels their concerns have not been resolved then they may follow the school’s complaints procedure.


Assessment and Review

All teachers are responsible for identifying children with SEND and, in collaboration with the SENCO, will ensure that those pupils requiring different or additional support are identified at an early stage.  Assessment is the process by which children with SEND can be identified and targets reviewed.

Transition Arrangements

If a child transfers between schools/Academies all details relating to SEND are transferred with them. If this transfer is within the authority/Trust the SENCO will make sure the receiving school is fully aware of the child’s needs and of any outside agencies involved.  We will endeavour to do this prior to the child starting their new school to ensure a smooth transition. We will also support families to improve attendance.

SEND Teaching

Children with Special Educational Needs are taught within a mainstream classroom with their peers and our focus is always on Quality First Teaching within the classroom. Some children may also receive targeted support from other adults or be withdrawn for short intervention activities. Deaf children are taught within mainstream classes as well as through withdrawal with small groups and 1:1 sessions.  All sessions are taught by specialist teachers/Teaching Assistants for Deaf. Current interventions include (see the link to whole school provision maps for the full list):

Communication and Interaction

Cognition and Learning

Social and  Emotional  Difficulties

Sensory and/or Physical Needs

Speech and Language Programmes

Additional interventions with class teachers for reading/writing/maths

Anxiety Gremlin

Medical Needs

Individual Health Care Plans/Medical one page profiles


Additional interventions from specialist Teacher of the Deaf

Meet and Greet

Individual Occupational Therapy programmes

Social Stories

Accelerated Reader

Zones of Regulation

Individual Physiotherapy programmes

Early Talk Boost/Talk Boost/NELI

Targeted Individual Plan work

Social Stories and Comic Strip Conversations

Physical Literacy

 Adaptations to the Curriculum and Learning Environment

All children are entitled to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.  Reigate Park provides every child with Quality First Teaching.

Children with SEND are taught in mainstream classes.  Where necessary, children will have their learning supported through individual and group learning programmes to meet their specific needs.

Children on the SEND List may be withdrawn, for small amounts of time, into small groups or individually for intense targeting from outside agencies.  Adapted learning resources and specific learning materials will be used throughout the curriculum.

Deaf children are fully integrated within mainstream classes, but may be withdrawn for some small group work, extra top-up, or pre-teaching, in a quiet environment.  They will also work 1:1 with Teachers / Teaching Assistants for the Deaf to address Individual Plan (IP) targets. Visual learning resources and adaptations are used throughout the curriculum in order to support the needs of all children.  Radio-aids (where fitted) and soundfield systems are used to enhance the listening conditions.

Additional adaptations are made for children with physical impairments, on an individual basis, with the support of specialist outside agencies (see school’s Accessibility Plan on website).

Staff Expertise

At Reigate Park we place an emphasis on ensuring our staff access high quality Continuing Professional Development.  In addition to training to deliver the interventions detailed above, specific members of staff have been trained in the following areas: National Award for SENDCOs, use of Epi-pens as well as Speech and Language training.  Our Teachers of the Deaf are fully qualified and have received training in the development of language skills.  All our Teaching Assistants for the Deaf have additional qualifications in British Sign Language.

Evaluating Effectiveness

Each year the SENCO will submit a SEND Information Report on Special Educational Needs to the Principal who will discuss and report the main findings.  The success of the school’s SEND policy will be evaluated by both the annual review of the policy and pupil progress.  Pupil progress will provide evidence for the success and will be analysed carefully through:

  • Consideration of each pupil’s success in meeting individual targets
  • Consideration of each pupil’s success in relation to their intervention programmes
  • Pupil Progress Meetings
  • Consideration of progress made in relation to each pupil’s starting point


Engagement in Activities

All pupils at Reigate Park are encouraged and supported to enable them to access a wide range of activities.  Staff are excellent at adapting activities to ensure pupils are able to experience success.


Emotional and Social Development

At Reigate Park we work hard to ensure that every pupil has the emotional tools to enable them to access activities within the school.  All staff are involved in the pastoral care system.


Links to External Support

Additional support from external agencies including Education, Health and Social Care is accessed as necessary. These include:




Educational Psychology

Speech and Language Therapy Team

Social Care

STePs – Educational Audiologist

Community Paediatrician

 Multi-agency Team Workers

STePs ASD Team

Occupational Therapy/Physio


 Education Welfare

Nottingham  Auditory Implant Programme

School Health



Derby Children’s Audiology


Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMs)


To find out more about the Local Offer from Derby City Council, detailing the services offered by the Local Education, Health and Care Authorities see the website below:



The admission arrangements for ALL pupils are in accordance with national legislation, including the Equality Act 2010.  This includes children with any level of SEN; those with Education, Health and Care Plans and those without. The Local Authority (Derby City Council) administers admissions into the school. Please see the Harmony Trust SEND Policy for further guidance.


As an inclusive school we promote education which values and accepts all children as equal members of the school community. We acknowledge children have the right to achieve as much as they can in their academic, physical, social and emotional development. The Harmony Trust SEND Policy reinforces the need for teaching that is fully inclusive. The Academy Trust will ensure that appropriate provision will be made for all pupils with SEND.


The school’s complaints procedure can be reviewed in full on the school’s website:


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