Great Smeaton Primary School

Special Educational Needs (SEND)

At Great Smeaton Academy Primary School we welcome everybody into our community. The Staff, Governors, Children and Parents/Carers work together to make our school a happy, welcoming place where children and staff can achieve their full potential and develop as confident individuals.

We ensure that equality of opportunity is reality for our children. We make this a reality through the individually tailored learning pathways we provide for children within our school family. We ensure that our learning environment enables all children to make the greatest possible progress and achieve their full potential in a caring, supportive and fully inclusive environment.

Our SEND provision allows children with learning difficulties the opportunity to follow a curriculum specifically tailored to meet their needs and to develop life skills, giving children self-confidence through their learning, thus enabling them to maximize their potential and to work independently.

We are committed to narrowing any attainment gap between SEND and non-SEND children. This may include short-term intervention learning programmes, before and after school skills groups and other learning interventions developed to personalise learning.

We have very good attendance as our children want to come to school.

All children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they:

  • achieve their best

  • become confident individuals living fulfilling lives

  • make a successful transition into adulthood.

If your child has special educational needs and/or a disability and you would like to know more about what we offer at Great Smeaton Academy Primary School please contact us on 01609 881349 or e-mail us at


SEND Local Offer

The Local Authority Website can be found via this link:

North Yorkshire Local Offer 

It includes information for Parents/Carers and Children and Young People, including local acgtivities, groups and networks. 

​A definition of Special Educational Needs is if a child:

a. Has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of his or her age in one or more areas of learning. Academic criteria are adhered to when making a decision.

b. Has a disability which either prevents or hinders him or her from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided in schools for children of similar age. 

The difficulty or disability may relate to:

  • Communication and interaction

  • Cognition and learning

  • Behavioural, emotional and social development

  • Sensory or physical condition

  •  A disability which either prevents or hinders him or her from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided in schools for children of similar age.


Special Educational Provision is that which is additional to or different from that which is made generally for most children in school. Our SEND Policy meets the requirements of the National Code of Practice set out by the DFE.




Use these links to find the DfE SEND code of practice

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Miss Lynne O'Mara is our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo), she can be contacted through the school office.

The role of the SENDCo is to support all staff in following the school's SEND code of practice. This may involve identifying, assessing and planning for needs and developing support programmes to meet those needs and break down any barriers to learning.

If you have a concern, always speak to the class teacher first.


Key SEND Information 

SEND Policy

Our SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Policy complies with the guidance given in Statutory Instrument: Special Educational Needs (Information) Regulations (Clause 65) and has been written as guidance for staff, parents or carers and children with reference to the various guidance and statutory documents. It also provide information about the North Yorkshire CC Local Offer 

Accessibility Plan 

Our Accessibility Plan sets out our current site accessibility features and plans for future development. 

SEND Information Report 

Our SEND Information report answers many questions that you may have as a parent of a child with SEND about provision at our school. 

SEND Local Offer

The Local Authority Website can be found via this link:

North Yorkshire Local Offer 


Safeguarding and Children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities

Our School recognises that pupils with special educational needs and / or disabilities can face additional safeguarding challenges. Additional barriers can exist when recognising abuse and neglect in this group of children. These can include:

  • assumptions that indicators of possible abuse such as behaviour, mood and injury relate to the child’s disability without further exploration;
  • being more prone to peer group isolation than other children;
  • the potential for children with SEN and disabilities being disproportionally impacted by behaviours such as bullying, without outwardly showing any signs; and
  • communication barriers and difficulties in overcoming these barriers.

In order to address these additional challenges, extra pastoral support is offered for pupils with SEN and disabilities where required.

 GS Accessibility Plan W 2023.docxDownload
 GS Equalities Policy W 2023.docxDownload
 GS SEND Policy W 2023.docxDownload
 GS Whistleblowing Policy Mar 23.docxDownload
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