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Sandfield Park Special School

One school with three educational sites that individually serve the needs of young people with a wide range of physical, medical, emotional and learning difficulties

  • The three main site are:
  • Sandfield Park School
  • The Hospital School at Alder Hey

Alder Centre for Education (ACE)

Who to contact

0151 228 0324

Where to go

Sandfield Walk
L12 1LH

Local Offer

Local Offer Description

1. How does the setting know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs? 

When children start with our setting we fill in an All About Me form with you which provides us with all of the relevant information we need about your child.  If an additional need has already been identified before your child starts with us, please share this information with us so we know what support we can put in place from the beginning.  If through our regular observations an additional need is identified, your child’s key person and our in-house SENCO will discuss this with you.  Depending upon the additional need identified will depend upon the level of support we will put in place.  This may be in the form of a play plan or may require support from other agencies such as Speech and Language Therapists or Physiotherapists.  Whatever the level of support needed we will have regular meetings with you to ensure you are kept up to date at all with your child’s progress at all times. 

2. How will the staff in the setting support my child? 

Each child is allocated a Key Person who will carry out regular observations monitoring your child’s progress using the EYFS and ECAT forms to measure their progress.  We may put individual play plans in place to support your child’s development in a specific area or we may make a referral to a specialist service such as Speech and Language. 

Regular meetings will be held with yourself to review the play plans and our in-house SENCO will by the Lead Practitioner working closely with all relevant parties. 

3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child's needs? 

We follow the EYFS guidelines which highlights relevant ages and stages of development but also supports staff to enhance and support a child’s individual learning.

 4. What specialist services and expertise can be accessed by the setting? 

We work in partnership with our local Children’s Centres who can offer advice and support and SALT.  We can apply to the Consortia for support and our in-house SENCO is also attends training for her role and attends all Dip-Tac cluster meetings, Code of Practice training and EHAT training. 

5. How accessible is the setting? 

Our lower level is accessible via wheelchair and we would be happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments that may be needed. 

6. How will the setting support my child in transferring to the next stage of education? 

Once we have been made aware of the Primary Schools that our pre-school children will be going to, we contact the schools and arrange for a Teacher to come into our setting to speak to the children.  Where possible we will also take the children to the school open days to have a look around the schools.  We also have a variety of school uniforms from the local schools for the children to wear and become familiar with.  

When children are transitioning through the nursery from one room to the next the key person will go through on a visit with the child to meet their new key person and do a full hand over.  We will also prepare a transition progress report for the new key person and ensure that you are kept informed of your child’s progress at all stages.  

7. How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved? 

We endeavour to ensure that our parents/carers feel a part of our setting in a variety of ways.  Parents/carers are able to discuss their child’s progress at any time and access their child’s folder at any time, however we do hold parents evenings twice per year.  We hold different events involving parents/carers such as ‘bring your mum to nursery day’, ‘bring your dad to nursery day’, sports day, summer and Christmas fair.  We also provide in-house parent/carer training approximately 4 times per year on topics that we feel may be of interest such as behaviour management, communication and language, special educational needs and health and nutrition.





Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

 How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

1: How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s education? We will first invite first you to visit the school with your child to have a look around and speak to staff. If your child has been allocated a place at Sandfield Park and prior to your child’s admission to school you will be invited to attend a transition support meeting where you will meet Miss Foga (Transition Co-ordinator) and other members of the school staff team including your child’s class teacher. Any concerns you may have regarding your child can be discussed with Miss Foga or an appointment can be made separately to speak to Mrs Wells (Deputy Head Teacher) or your child’s Class Teacher. Parents/ Carers are invited to attend Parents’ Evenings which are held at school during October and in July. The parents evening in October gives an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and to hear how they have settled in to school. School reports are available to parents prior to the July Parents’ Evening, giving opportunity for parents to see what progress their child has made during the academic year. You will be invited to attend your child’s Annual Review each academic year which will be arranged by Mrs Wells and will take place at school at a pre-arranged time and date. Professionals involved with your child’s education and welfare will be invited to attend the annual review; you will be informed of who will be attending the review. A copy of the decisions and plans agreed at the annual review will always be sent to yo

 How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

Information to support your child transition support needs will be collected from your child’s primary school (your child’s Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health, Care Plan Needs, Individual Education Plan, health care information). Parents/carers are invited to attend a transition support meeting; this information meeting is an opportunity to discuss any concerns regarding any aspect of school life and transition arrangements. New pupils are invited to attend transition days in school, during these days your child will meet their class teacher, learning support assistants and will be introduced to other pupils starting in their class. Plans will be put in place to support your child in class and with their personal care needs.

 How will the curriculum be matched to my child's young person's needs?

We understand that all pupils have different learning styles and learn at their own pace. To support pupils and to achieve good outcomes, lessons are appropriately differentiated so that all children are able to access personalised learning and make progress; this will include small group teaching, use of ancillary equipment and aids, use of visual timetables and writing with symbols, use of additional schemes/materials at your child’s learning level. Individual targets for achievement are written for pupils which are specific, measurable and achievable. Parents will be kept informed of pupil progress. Learning Support Assistants are effectively deployed to work closely with the Class teacher to ensure that pupil’s learning support needs and personal care needs are met.

 How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

Pupil’s emotional and physical wellbeing is of paramount importance, as is the safety of all children and adults in our school community. We follow the Local Authority safeguarding and child protection procedures and strive to ensure that all staff and visitors to the school are aware of and adhere to the school safeguarding policy. The school policy for Safeguarding is one of the policies for parents on the school’s website, Mrs Wells is responsible for Child Protection, Looked after Children and is the school Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Children are treated respectfully and their opinions are valued. Pupils are encouraged to feel that they can approach any member of staff within school and to know that if they had any worries or concerns they will be listened to. The School supports and encourages pupil participation through the School Council. The School Council meets regularly and gives pupils a voice to express opinions, share views and discuss ideas for improvements in school. To support your child in school, a personal profile ‘Passport’ has been created to support each child’s personal health/care and communication needs. The profile is put together using information provided by parents and will be reviewed annually or as pupils needs change. Pupils will be given a home/school communication book. The home/school book is a means of communication between the class teacher/Learning Support Assistants and parents/carers. Issues or difficulties that are more complex or have not been resolved through the communication book can be discussed further by making contact with the class teacher. If appropriate a meeting or telephone conversation can be arranged with the class teacher or with Mrs Wells. To ensure pupil safety the school has a coded secure gate and call system for entering the school grounds at the front of the school. The school operate signing in procedures which are in place for any person visiting school. The school operate a CCTV monitoring system in school. All staff actively promote and encourage pupil well-being and social and emotional development. The School learning mentor, Sarah Spoor provides additional support to pupils to support emotional wellbeing and social development. The school will not tolerate any form of bullying and much work is done with pupils to actively promote and maintain anti bullying measures through education. Pupils have been involved in creating a pupil accessible anti bullying policy; the school anti bullying policy can also be found on the website. If your child is in need of additional support that cannot be provided in school, a referral can be made to other agencies such as counselling or Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, etc. If you feel that your child would benefit from additional support please contact Mrs Wells to discuss further. If your child has been given therapeutic/care and support programmes to follow eg speech and language therapy, physiotherapy etc, we will liaise closely with their therapist to ensure that these programmes become part of your child’s learning. A school nurse is based permanently at our school. Pupils requiring medication during the school day will have their medical needs managed by the school nursing team. On occasions where your child is involved in extracurricular or visits/ trips, arrangements to administer medication will be made with the Visit leader. If you wish to speak to the school nurse, Marianne Rood, you can call directly on 0151 220 4678 Personal care for pupils is managed by the Learning Support Assistants. The individual school ‘passport’ will detail the level of support your child needs. Pupils who have additional needs to manage negative and disruptive behaviour will be referred to the Behaviour Management support team. The team will plan how pupils can be supported in school using positive approaches to manage disruptive or negative behaviour. The mobile dental health team visit the school annually, and we encourage all parents to allow permission for their child to have dental checks with the team. Annual medical review appointments take place in the school for parents/carers to discuss any medical concerns they have about their child or to review medical needs. School meals: information about school meals can be found on the school web site. Parents/carers should inform the school of any dietary requirements that school should be aware of. Pupils are encouraged to engage in lunchtime and after school activities. Many of the lunchtime activities have been arranged from pupil interests. The clubs support pupils to develop new interests, build and extend friendship groups and also build accreditation for Children’s University Awards. Further information regarding extra curricular clubs and activities can be found on the school web site. The school office staff are available from 8.30 am until 5 pm to answer general queries you may have about school uniform, school term dates, etc. Also by contacting the school office you can leave messages for your child’s class teacher and report a pupil absence. School operates a text/email alert system to contact parents. Text alerts will inform parents about events, cancellations of after school activities etc.

 What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

The progress and achievement of all pupils is tracked closely with targets and levels which are closely monitored and reviewed in partnership with parents. Our curriculum planning system is closely linked to PIVATS, where appropriate, and ensures that pupils have individual objectives relating to their needs. These are regularly reviewed with evidence obtained showing the progress that pupils have made. The school encourages pupils to become as independent as possible, supporting pupils to develop independent thinking skills. The views of your child are central to the support they receive in school, so they are included in saying what support they feel they need with regular open dialogue taking place. Mrs Wells can be contacted to discuss any concerns or issues you have regarding your child’s welfare or support.

 What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college

Sanfdield Park have specialist teachers to deliver the curriculum including PE, Design Technology, music therapy, specialist music teachers (etc) We have a school nurse based on site along with the physiotherapy team based at school. The school works closely with external agencies to support the needs of all our children and young people to accesses specialist services when appropriate, including The Educational Psychology Service, Social Workers, Autistic Spectrum Disorder Pathways, Paediatricians, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy Services, Wheelchair Services, Continence Services, Communication Augmentative Assistive Technology Team, Occupational Therapy, Fusion, Social Care and Careline, The Sensory Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Health Care Services, Autism Pathway, Education Welfare and Connexions. If your child is to be referred to any external agency or support organisation except in exceptional or extenuating circumstances, any involvement from outside agencies requires signed permission from the child’s parent/carer. School can also access support services in the community including Young Persons Advisory Service, Daisy Uk, Mersey Travel, Healthy Schools etc..




 What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?

Sandfield Park School ensures that staff receive regular training in first aid and Safeguarding and Child Protection. In addition, Teachers and Learning Support Assistants have a wide range of experience and have undertaken training in the following areas: speech language and communication, specific medical conditions, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, emotional and behaviour difficulties, hearing impairment, PECs, Makaton, behaviour management and managing care and support for pupils with medical conditions. Specialist staff have training in therapeutic support for pupils including music therapy, counselling skills, draw and talk, etc



 How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

Full participation in the curriculum and extracurricular activities is expected for all pupils. Where possible all pupils are included on school trips including residential visits and for some pupils a full risk assessment will be carried out in partnership with parents to ensure all aspects of health and safety are covered and all aspects of the environment are accessible before a planned activity. Occasionally parents may be asked to attend school to support their child’s attendance during after school activities. A full list of the range of lunchtime and after school /extra-curricular activities can be found on the school web site or from the school office. A list of the visits and trips arranged for pupils can also be found on the school web site.




 How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment

All aspects of Sandfield Park school building are fully accessible for wheelchair users. There are toilets which are accessible; there are hoists and changing beds. Corridor doors open automatically by sensors. There is a multi-sensory room, food technology classroom, music room, and a dining hall/sports hall. The school has a range of adapted furniture and resources, including rise and fall tables, ancillary aids and assistive technology. The school uses a range of ICT resources and equipment including Ipad, lap tops, computers, Apps, cameras, etc. The school has a school garden where at break time areas for pupils can engage in play activities or for socialising with friends. The school grounds include garden areas and an outdoor class room.




 How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life

We encourage visits to the school by parents and prospective pupils. In the summer term before your child transfers to Sandfield Park School transitional visits are organised. The visits enable prospective pupils to settle into their new environment and to meet new staff and other pupils. A member of staff will arrange visits to feeder primary schools prior to the transitional visits to gather information that can be shared with your child’s class teacher prior to the transitional visit. When possible we will organise transitional support summer school activities for year 6 pupils and parents during the beginning of the summer holidays. Arrangements for transport to school will be made through the School Office. A school transition booklet will be given to each pupil, the booklet contains information to support pupil transition, including photographs of the school, Learning Support Assistants Teachers and a sample timetable. A school prospectus is available; the prospectus contains information about the school and school staff team. From year 11, transition plans begin for pupils moving to Sandfield Park School sixth form from year 12 -14 or onto other alternative further education. As part of the Sixth form transition plans, visits to the Sixth form are arranged for year 11 pupils. A sixth form transition booklet is available for pupils to support transition. For pupils moving from Year 11 or at the end of sixth form to college or alternative further education or training provision and supporting pupils preparing for adult life, a transition plan is agreed with the pupil and their family. The transition process will involve discussions at annual reviews, and may require multi agency involvement to support your child’s transition from school to college or other provision. Independent school careers advice and information will be provided to pupils and parents to support them in this process. Following the final annual review a transition action plan will be agreed with the pupil and their family. The plan may include providing information about local colleges and arranging visits to local colleges, attending guidance interviews, information about training agencies, voluntary and supported work organisations, supporting pupils to complete application forms, supporting transport, interviews and arranging transition and taster days.




 How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

The school’s budget is allocated to meet the needs of all pupils attending the school. The progress of all pupils is tracked carefully and resources are allocated and purchased according to need. This may be with the use of specific equipment and resources including ICT equipment, specialist software, staff to implement intervention programmes, staff to support the care, welfare and access needs of children and resources to develop independence skills eg; specialist cutlery, social skills. Pupil Premium funding is received for those pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals and those pupils who are classed as Looked After. Details of how this is spent is on the school’s website. Class Teachers work closely with Learning Support Assistants to ensure that pupils benefit from specific interventions and school resources. Resources such as lap top computers, IPADs, large screen, writing with Symbols, and Pecs




 Who can I contact for further information?

Parents are encouraged to contact the school and/or visit the school website. The first point of contact if you want to discuss any general enquiry is the school office, you can contact Julie Cummins or Stephen Foster on 0151 228 0324, option 2 for the school office. Who would be the first point of contact if I want to discuss something about my child?: The class teacher by leaving a message with the school office or writing a note in the home/school communication book. Parents are encouraged to complete home/school link book to support their child’s learning and care needs. Who should I contact if I am considering whether my child will join the school: You should contact Mark Hilton (Head Teacher) Who is the SENCO and how can I contact them?; The SENCO is Ann Wells (Deputy Head Teacher), you can contact Ann Wells by calling the school telephone number or by email to the school office. Who can I talk to if I am worried about my child? If you are worried about your child you can contact Ann Wells Deputy Head Teacher.

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