Evergreen School

We are a special school for children aged 2-11 who have special educational needs including severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties and/or autistic spectrum disorders.

Who to contact

Contact name
Mrs Andrea English
Contact position
Executive Head Teacher
01388 459 721

Where to go

Warwick Road
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL14 6LS

Other details

Referral and availability notes

At Evergreen all of our admissions come directly from SEN Placement and Provision at County Hall. All pupils who attend Evergreen have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health and Care Plan. For more information about admissions please contact the Placement and Provision Team on 03000 265878.

Parents are welcome to visit the school, with or without their child, where they will be given a tour and an opportunity to ask questions

If you have any questions about our SEND Local Offer please contact the school and we will try our best to help you.

Related links
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Local Offer

Local Offer description

Primary Special School for pupils with PMLD, SLD, and / or ASC.

Contact name
Judith Benson
Contact telephone
01388 459 721
Contact email

How do you identify Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)?

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?

All our pupils have a statement of SEN or a Education, Health and Care Plan

How will you support my child with their special educational needs and disability?

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

Our staff support pupils in a variety of ways; helping them to develop not only their academic skills and knowledge but also their social and communication skills, independence and self-help skills. Our staff carry out physiotherapy, occupational therapy and Speech and Language programmes and help each pupil reach their full potential in every way possible. We use a wide range of approaches and interventions specific to the needs of our pupils to support teaching and learning including TEACCH, SCERTS, Intensive Interaction, PECS, Rebound Therapy and Makaton. Our staff are committed, enthusiastic and hard working and see each pupil as the individual they are.


How will you make sure my child's education meet their needs?

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

Staff at Evergreen Primary School have developed a curriculum model which is tailored to the ever changing and wide ranging needs of its pupils. The model incorporates personalised learning and a differentiated curriculum programme which not only provides consistency but offers scope for individual teachers to design and implement highly structured teaching programmes to meet the very specific educational needs of each child in theirclass. It also provides guidance for achieving a balanced selection of appropriate teaching objectives across the curriculum areas which not only consider the age and ability of the child but also the nature and degree of difficulty.


How will we know my child is progressing?

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?

We use ongoing formative assessment and use B’Squared Small Steps assessment to ensure all our pupils are making maximum progress and that even the smallest achievement can be recognised. Most pupils are working on P Levels, however, we do have some who are working on National Curriculum levels in some subjects and where appropriate they will complete SATS in years 2 and 6. All pupils have an Individual Education Plan with targets and outcomes based upon their Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health and Care Plan, this is reviewed and updated each term in conjunction with parents.

We have excellent communication with families to ensure that we are all working on the same goals. We support parents by having an ‘open door’ policy, ensuring that they feel welcomed into the school and that their opinions and feelings are valued and taken on board.

We intend that our pupils will make the best possible progress and understand that this is very individual to each of them. We have the highest expectations of all our pupils and recognise achievements in all areas of their development.

How will you support my child's overall wellbeing?

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

We have a school nurse as well as a Home/Health Support worker. They work closely in liaison with parents, local doctors, consultants, and specialist nursing teams, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers.

A number of our pupils have Epilepsy and the staff team all receive training on the administration of Emergency Medication and recognising different types of seizure. Some pupils have more complex medical needs and a core team of staff have very specialised training to ensure that our young people are safe at school.
Any pupil with a medical condition has a medical management plan, signed and agreed by families and school staff. We carry out the instructions on the plans to ensure the safety and well-being of our pupils.

Consultants hold their clinics within school which is less stressful for the child and their parents/carers. It also means that pupils do not loose valuable time at school.

We work closely with LDCAMHSand the Disabled Children and Families Team at Social Services. Regular health and care team meetings are held in school. 

How are staff trained regarding SEND?

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

Staff at Evergreen Primary School have a wealth of training and expertise across the field of SEND. Staff are supported to develop expertise in their areas of interest.

We recognise and value the vast amount of knowledge and skills held by our own staff and strive to promote the use of peer collaboration as a means of staff development. The long term well-being of the pupils is of paramount concern and training in medical needs, safeguarding, first aid, team teach and Midas is kept up to date.

The governing body ensures that the needs of the school, as laid out in the School Improvement Plan, as well as individual professional development needs are met. Individual Development needs are assessed and reviewed through performance management procedures and individual training needs identified. Continuous Professional Development in SEN is supported by targeted in-service training and attendance on courses.

What activities outside the classroom will there be?

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

Evergreen Primary School provides extra-curricular clubs on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 3.00pm and 4 pm. Activities include sport, cooking, arts and crafts, ICT, hydro, sensory activities and use of the interactive room.

Holiday clubs are offered in the autumn, spring and summer holidays between the times of 10am and 2pm. A variety of activities are offered and we try to accommodate as many pupils as possible.

Pupils have regular access to educational visits and reward trips and activities. We also offer a residential trip in Year 6.


How will you support my child's needs?

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

The school is purpose built and caters for 165 pupils aged 2 – 11 with severe, profound, moderate and complex learning difficulties, some of whom also have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  Many pupils also have additional medical, physical, sensory, linguistic or behavioural difficulties.

The building offers excellent facilities including a hydrotherapy pool, sports hall, assembly hall, soft play room, 2 sensory rooms, medical room and a therapy room.

There are two playgrounds, three outdoor learning areas and a sensory garden.

My child is going to be starting or leaving soon, how will you help them?

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?

Once a young person has been offered a place at our school, we will work with all parties involved to plan their transition. The process is flexible and will take into account the views and needs of the child and their parents/carers. It may include visiting them in their current setting to talk to key staff and get to know the young person. The young person can visit the school with the staff who currently support them and spend time in their new class so they can get to know everyone and become familiar with the school and routines. A member of the Senior Leadership Team will meet with parents/carers and hold discussions around what they want for their child and the best ways that we can provide that support.

Transition across year groups and key stages within school is seamless. Each child has a communication passport which holds all their relevant information and strategies and moves with them from class to class.

In year 5 a ‘transition review’ is held for the young person to discuss the next phase of their education. Once a secondary placement has been agreed the transition process begins in Year 6. We organise transition sessions for Year 6 pupils to their new schools and work closely with them to pass on all relevant information and records. 

What is available to help my child with their education?

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

We are a maintained special school and therefore receive our funding from the government via the local authority.

We receive capital funding to maintain our building and it’s facilities

We receive funding for groups of pupils according to their individual needs

All our funding is used to support the education of pupils with SEND

We receive additional funding in the form of the Pupil Premium. You can see how this money is spent on our website.

What support can I expect for my child?

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

Classes are staffed depending on levels of need. Pupils with higher levels of need are in smaller classes with a higher staffing ratio. The maximum number of pupils in any one class is 12 and the lowest is 7.

How will I be involved in my child's education?

How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?

We have excellent communication with families to ensure that we are all working on the same goals. We support parents by having an ‘open door’ policy, ensuring that they feel welcomed into the school and that their opinions and feelings are valued and taken on board.

Parents/carers are invited to review meetings to discuss progress and to be involved in setting targets with appropriate intervention strategies to help the child both in school and at home. Information and links to external agencies are available to parents via the school website, from the school and the SENCO. The school employs a health and Home Support Assistant whose role it is to liaise with parents and families and support them wherever necessary. The school runs group support meetings and training for parents of children from within the school and the local area.


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