Witton-le-Wear Primary School

We are a small, family orientated school where everyone works together as "one big happy family". We aim to provide high quality education through a broad and varied creative curriculum in a stimulating and fun environment. 

All children are treated as individuals with their own strengths and talents and we aim to develop each child to their own potential in whatever they are doing.

We are currently offering provision from 8.00am - 6.00pm each day.This comprises of Breakfast Club from 8am and our new "WASCLS" (Witton's After School Club Little Stars) after school care, which is provisionally running until 6.00pm each day, on a trial basis until the end of summer term 2018.

We are also extremely pleased to be able to offer nursery provision for 3/4 year olds from September 2018 onwards. Please contact us if you require any further information regarding our school provision. 

When is it on?

Time of day
Session information
Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm term time only
Breakfast Club 8.00 - 8.50am
Nursery sessions: 8.45 – 11.45am or 12.30 – 3.30pm. 2.5 days Monday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Friday. Some 30 hour nursery places.
WASCLS: 3.30pm – 6.00pm

Who to contact

Contact name
Mr Mark Stephenson
Contact position
Head Teacher
01388 488 350

Where to go

Witton-le-Wear Primary School
St. James Gardens
Witton le Wear
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL14 0BG

Other details

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Local Offer

Local Offer description

We are committed to equality. We aim for every pupil to fulfill their potential, no matter what their background or personal circumstances.  We will ensure that their provision is fully inclusive in meeting the needs of all children, particularly those which arise from their ethnic heritage, social and economic background, gender, ability or disability.

We are committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families. 

Our aim is to:

  • Provide a secure and accessible environment in which all children can flourish and in which all contributions are considered and valued.
  • Include and value the contribution of all families to the school's understanding of equality and diversity.
  • Provide positive non-stereotyping information about gender roles, diverse ethnic and cultural groups and disabled people.
  • Improve the school's knowledge and understanding of issues of anti-discriminatory practice, promoting equality and diversity and
  • make inclusion a thread that runs through all of the activities at the school.
Contact name
Mr. Mark Stephenson
Contact telephone
01388 488 350
Contact email
Witton-le-Wear SEND

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?

We are committed to the equal inclusion of all pupils in all areas of primary school life. We recognise the diverse and individual needs of all pupils and take into account the additional support required by those children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

The majority of children with Special Educational Needs can be supported at any mainstream primary school. Primary age provision is also available at certain special schools. Support for individuals is determined by Durham County Council through Education, Health and Care Assessment. If you feel that your child has additional needs that the school may need to consider during the admissions process, please let them know when you visit or when you submit the application form, and we will be more than happy  to discuss any issues with you. Further information can be found in the Special Educational Needs and Disibilities 'Equal Opportunities Policy' which can be found on the school's website. If you have any questions about the school's SEND Local Offer, please contact us.

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?

All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and rate that is appropriate to their abilities. Our overall school and SEND philosophy places children at the heart of personalised learning and the curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of indiviual pupils. When the need arises, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented.

In order to successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum, we remain committed to:

  • a range of teaching and learning styles
  • differentiated learning materials
  • access to computing and technology
  • additional in class support
  • additional out of class support
  • flexible groupings, including small group support work
  • an innovative and supportive curriculum
  • the appropriate use of rewards and sanctions
  • a broad range of extra curricular activities including one to one and small group support and booster/extension sessions
  • assessment proceedures that focus upon and emphasise pupils strengths and achievements
  • applications during national testing at Key Stage 2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate

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?

We understand that children learn and develop in different ways. Teachers and teaching assistants recognize this and use different teaching styles, resources and plan different levels of work in the classroom to cater for the various ways children learn. However, many children, at some time in their school life need extra help. A special educational need can be a number of different things. For example, a child may be having problems with reading, writing, number work or behaviour which can be helped by putting extra support in at school and by working in partnership with parents. It may also be due to a disability which makes it harder for a child to use and access the same educational facilities that the school provides for the majority of children. For some children, this may be a temporary difficulty, while others may have a long term need for special help.

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?

In our small village primary school, there are ongoing formal and informal systems in place for all individual children  to ensure that progress is monitored closely. SEND children are observed closely and information gained is used to tailor the curriculum to meet the interests of each child, using methods of delivery that are appropriate to their needs. Close partnerships with parents are very much an integral part of this process. If areas for development for become evident, the SENCO will organise staff training to enable them to provide a curriculum that ensures equality and diversity for all.


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 small team of teachers and classroom assistants who work closely to respond to the individual needs of children. They have a breadth of experience in supporting children with a wide range of needs. Training is constantly reviewed and updated to ensure that the knowlegde and skills of the team matches the needs of the children we have in school with additional training being arranged when and where required. This ensures that teaching styles and methods are appropriate and up to date, enabling all of our children including SEND children to have maximum access to all areas of the curriculum.

In addition, all school staff receive specialist support and training when there is a perceived need, for example strategies to use when supporting a child with additional needs. As a team, we continually support each other and share expertise to ensure that teaching approaches and styles can be adapted appropriately so that all children reach their full potential.

Children with SEND are supported in a variety of ways - through one to one support, group activities or whole class activities. Teachers and support staff continually review and revise how everyday activities and experiences within the curriculum can be adjusted and targetted to ensure that individual children are fully involved at an appropriate level. 

What specialist services and expertise is available at or accessed by the staff?

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

We work with an extensive range of services and professional, consulting a wide range of agencies and partnerships to ensure the pastoral, medical and social needs of each individual child are met. We encourage these professionals to visit us as often as possible to work with members of staff and share expertise. Wherever possible, staff implement programmes of work linked to these professionals, for example  speech and language programmes, exercises recommended.

How are staff trained regarding SEND?

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

Several staff have the Level 2 Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Level 1 qualification. In addition, SEND support staff have a selection of training relating to Makaton and Epilepsy. Each year the needs of children within the school are carefully considered and training organised to up-skill staff as and where appropriate.

What activities outside the classroom will there be?

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

We ensure that all children are offered the opportunity to participate with activities outside of the classroom by making reasonable adjustments to the organisation of these. For example, we ensure SEND children have an appropriate level of adult support if going out of school, we organise transport that provides appropriate access and staff complete a comprehensive risk assessment of any excursion to ensure all children are safe and included. In addition, SEND children are given the opportunity to participate in visits to settings that meet their specific needs.

How will you support my child's needs?

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Our main entrance is accessible to all users directly from the school path and car park. Parents of children with SEND that require this type of access may be permitted to use the school car park by prior arrangement with the school. We have a disabled toilet within the main school building. Our nursery has its own independent separate access. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility.

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?

Children with SEND are given an extensive level of support before they leave for a new school. Staff will discuss with parents how many transition visits can be arranged over and above those offered to children without SEND. These additional visits to the new school will be carried out with the child, a member of staff where appropriate and parent in the summer term. This ensures that bridges are built between schools, key information shared between staff and the child is given the opportunity to settle into a new routine with the support of a familiar adult.

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 receive an annual budget provided through Durham County Council. As part of this main school budget, we receive a notional amount of SEND funding. This money is used for individual learning support, where appropriate, for children with a statement and for those children who may require specific or general learning support. Targeted provision is made in the form of teaching assistant support at an individual or group level and in terms of resources that may be required to meet individual needs. Finance for SEND provision is targeted across the school by the head teacher and leadership team with regular monitoring and updates being given to the Governing Body. Our school has a designated governor with responsibility for SEND.

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?

Each child is a unique individual and as such the type and amount of support that they may receive will be tailored to their requirements as the need arises. Children with SEND are supported in a variety of ways - through one to one support, group activities or whole class activities. Teachers and support staff continually review and revise how everyday activities and experiences within the curriculum can be adjusted and targeted to ensure that individual children are fully involved at an appropriate level. 


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

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

Ensuring that all children attending Witton-le-Wear Primary School receive provision that maximises their enjoyment and achievement is central to all that we offer. Consultations with families is key to ensuring success in this area. We are fully committed to encouraging parents to be involved with all aspects of school life. Parents are welcomed into school at the beginning and end of school sessions and the school, very much, has an open door policy. Parents are invited to attend school performances, sports events and any other relevant events throughout the year.


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