Acre Rigg Academy

We are a junior school for children aged 7-11 years, serving the area of Peterlee.

Our school is a single floor building with 12 classrooms on a semi-open plan basis, an assembly hall, dining hall and kitchen. We have extensive grounds with two play yards, two enclosed garden areas and two large playing fields. We share the site with our feeder school, Acre Rigg Infants.

Who to contact

Contact name
Mrs J Craggs
Contact position
0191 586 2915

Where to go

Acre Rigg Road
County Durham

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Local Offer

Local Offer description

At Acre Rigg Academy 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 of our pupils and take into account the additional support required by those children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

We recognise that all pupils are entitled to a quality of provision which will enable them to achieve their potential and enjoy well-being as enshrined in the outcomes of “Every Child Matters” - be healthy; be safe; enjoy and achieve; make a positive contribution and achieve economic wellbeing.

We believe in positive intervention; removing barriers to learning, raising expectations and levels of achievement and working in partnership with other agencies in order to provide a positive educational experience for all SEND pupils.

The Government has asked all councils in the UK to publish, in one place, information about the services and provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from ) to 25 who have Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND). This is known as the send information report. Further information about the Local Offer can be found on the County Durham Families Information Service website.

Contact name
Mrs V A Simpson
Contact telephone
0191 586 2915
Contact email
SEND at Acre Rigg Academy

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 understand that children learn and develop in different ways. Teachers and teaching assistants recognise 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.

Because of this we offer the following support for SEND children:

We talk to parents/carers if they think their child has a special educational need and let them know what special help the school is giving. Mrs Simpson is appointed as the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). We have a written Special Educational Needs Policy – a copy should be made available for parents and is included on our website.

Each child’s teacher will be finding ways to support them such as:

  • Changing the way activities are planned and delivered.
  • Matching activities to the ability / need of each child (differentiation).
  • Adapting learning materials such as equipment and activities to suit each child’s needs.
  • Offer small group support to promote skills identified in the child’s Individual Education Plan.

With the permission of parents we may seek additional advice from outside specialists such as health professionals, specialist teachers or educational psychologists who would:

  • Carry out further assessment of the child’s needs
  • Provide advice to schools on how to best support the child
  • Suggest resources that would help the child make progress

Our teachers/teaching assistants work in partnership with parents and the SENCO to find ways to support each child with their needs, including giving parents ideas on how to help and support their child at home.

Our school staff will set outcomes for SEND children which will be discussed with parents, either during Parents’ Evening or a Review Meeting.

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?

All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. Our SEND philosophy places SEND children at the heart of personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet individual pupils needs. All pupils in school receive quality first teaching.  This means that a range of teaching and learning styles are used and that appropriate learning objectives are set for all children. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented.

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

  • A range of teaching and learning styles.
  • Differentiated learning materials.
  • Access to ICT and Technology.
  • Additional in class support.
  • Additional out of class support.
  • Many Enrichment and Enjoyment opportunities to stimulate and motivate learning.
  • Flexible groupings – including small group support work.
  • An innovative and supportive curriculum.
  • The appropriate use of rewards and sanctions.
  • Mentoring and counselling.
  • A broad range of extra-curricular activities, including homework club, one to one support and booster/extension sessions.
  • Assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements.
    Applications during national testing at Key Stage 2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate.

For English classes are taught in mixed ability sets and Maths our classes are split into two groupings, lower ability pupils are supported by teaching assistants. Pupils are also offered additional one to one tuition, small group work or catch up programmes where needed.

Our curriculum also includes the social and emotional aspects imperative for life long learning. This is delivered through the PHSCE curriculum, which includes SEAL and Jigsaw.

We have high expectations of behaviour, attitude and effort from all pupils. Some children may need additional support for a range of reasons and our Behaviour and Pastoral Support Manager will tailor programmes to the individual needs of pupils on a one to one basis or in small groups. 

Life skills are developed through a range of curriculum activities including Business Enterprise Days, completing application forms, undergoing interviews and training for roles such as Friendship Squad, Power Rangers, Time to Talk Mentors, team building, cooperation and resilience through problem solving in lessons, team games, residential activities etc.

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 consult with a wide range of agencies and partnerships to ensure the pastoral, medical and social needs of SEND children are met.

We work closely with the following professionals in order to provide the highest level of support for pupils with SEND:

  • Special Educational Needs Inclusion Team
  • Colloborative work through Durham Communities of Learning and the Peterlee Partnership
  • Durham Educational Psychology Service
  • Peterlee One Point Hub
  • Health agencies
  • School Nurse Service
  • Central Durham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Durham Autistic Spectrum Team
  • Behaviour Support Services/Crisis Response
  • Future Steps - OT
  • Service for the Hearing Impaired
  • Service for the Visually Impaired
  • Social Workers
  • School Parent Support Advisor
  • Family Emotional Health and Well-being Worker
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities-County
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Medical Practitioners
  • Young Carers
  • Youth Offending Service
  • Educational Welfare Officer                                 
  • School Counsellor/Barnados/Butterwick
  • EP Consultants

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?

We recognise how important a successful transition is to our pupils with additional needs.

We work in partnership with our feeder secondary schools to provide an enhanced level of transition for those who we feel would benefit from this. This may take the form of additional visits for pupils, one-to-one/small group working with secondary school staff or pupil mentoring from secondary schools. 

Some children may require alternative enhanced mainstream provision and school will support parents through the admission process and visits.

The period of transition depends on the individual needs of the pupil. If it is felt appropriate secondary school colleagues will attend Annual Reviews to meet the current class teacher, parents and most importantly the pupil. We have found this strategy particularly useful in easing any worries or concerns parents and pupils may have. We are particularly keen to involve parents/carers as much as possible in their child’s transition to secondary school. School staff will take opportunities to work alongside parents/carers to visit secondary schools in advance of secondary placement applications being submitted to the council.

This ensures parents/carers can make the most informed placement decision for their child. When a secondary school has been allocated to the child, parents are fully involved and consulted at all stages of the transition process.

Transition from each Year Group is supported so that the children have met with their new teachers and are familiar with the new classroom environment and organisation.  Consultations between the current teacher, new teacher for the following academic year and SENDCO take place in the summer term to ensure a smooth transition and each child's needs are met.

New starters for Year 2 children are provided with the following opportunities:

  • Parent Open Information Event
  • Children's visits to Year 3 class in the Summer Term
  • Pupils and Parents invited for transition meeting

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?

The school funding formula is generated to include financial provision to specifically support pupils individual special needs.

This funding is prioritised to tailor make learning to ensure small steps of progress are continually made by all SEN learners. 
For those pupils with High Needs, Costed Provision Maps are created with detailed evidence of supporting resources provided in school. This builds a portfolio of the progress each child makes and additional funding and financial support can be applied for from the council.
Detailed assessments and target tracking ensure that all learners achieve and make progress at Acre Rigg Academy. Parents of children with SEND may meet with the SENCO to discuss any costed provision concerns they may have.


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Address: Acre Rigg Road  Peterlee  County Durham

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