Belmont Church of England (Controlled) Primary School

We are a primary school in Belmont which opened in 2015 following the amalgamation of Belmont Infant and Belmont Church of England Junior schools.

Who to contact

0191 384 4178

Where to go

Buckinghamshire Road
County Durham

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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 children follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. Most of the children’s needs can be addressed with good classroom practice using varied learning styles, differentiated tasks and quality resources. This is called Quality First Teaching.

The progress of all children is carefully tracked and monitored across the curriculum which may identify children that need extra help to reach age related expectations.

If you have concerns with your child’s progress, an appointment can be made with your child’s class teacher who will liaise with the SENCo if necessary. 

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?

Children with special educational needs and disabilities may be supported by interventions, additional adult support and outside professional input.

Children with SEN have School Support Plans which address ways in which to tackle barriers to learning.

Children who have severe, complex and lifelong learning difficulties may have a Statement or Education Health Care Plan which provides school with additional funds to meet your child’s greater needs.

A School SEN Support Plan detailing specific interventions and strategies may be required for some children needing support to reach their age expected outcomes. We strive for good liaison between parents, SENCo, class teacher, learning support assistant and other outside professionals so that children with special educational needs and disabilities are supported well.

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 pride ourselves in being very inclusive and endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need. All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. Teachers adapt and differentiate so all children can access the curriculum. Children with special educational needs and disabilities may be supported by interventions, additional adult support and outside professional input.

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?

The progress of all children including those with SEN are tracked and monitored carefully each term. Regular meetings are arranged for parents/carers to be updated on the progress that their child is making and ways in which learning can be supported at school and home is outlined. 

How will you support my child's overall wellbeing?

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

We aim to nurture the very best in each individual within a caring, Christian community to enable each child to be the best they can be. The wellbeing of all children in school is central to all we strive to achieve in school. A keyworker or interventions such as Drawing and Talking, Getting Along and sessions provided by Durham Counselling Service may be needed to support overall wellbeing. 

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 are specially resourced for children with visual impairments and work closely with the Sensory Support Team. 

We call on many other outside professionals which include:

  • Educational Psychologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Counsellor
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • colleagues from the Inclusion Team to support other children with SEND 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 expertise is continually reviewed and enhanced through in school training and attendance at specific 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?

We are an inclusive school and strive to ensure that all pupils can access all school activities. Special consideration is given to those pupils with a special educational need or disability and reasonable adjustments are made so that participation may be possible.

How will you support my child's needs?

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Our school is on a single level site which has been specifically modified to meet the needs of children with visual impairments, for example guidance rails, textured surfaces, non slip/contrasting coloured zones to assist with movement in and around the building.

We have disabled toilets in both our Infant and Junior buildings. There are two beds to assist with medical/toileting needs.

If a child is identified as needing specialist equipment, discussions will take place with Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy to select and integrate the most appropriate equipment.

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?

Before choosing us, parents/carers are invited to visit and then familiarise themselves further at meetings the school host. Staff visit feeder nurseries to gather information. Additional transition sessions and review meetings are arranged to help the school to fully understand the needs of children with SEND.

Most children move onto Belmont Community School with whom there are already close links with children attending various events there from Years 3-6. A transition worker visits school to work with Year 6 during the Spring and Summer term and there are two induction days in July. Close liaison between SENCos, additional visits and an email project take place for children with SEN. Professionals are also requested to liaise with Belmont Community School.

Children moving on to other Secondary Schools are encouraged to participate fully in their transition days and discussions take place with the SENCo. Transition workers may also visit school to work with future students.

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?

If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, an appointment can be made with your child’s class teacher. An action plan may be created, and another meeting planned to judge the impact of action agreed. Referrals may be made to seek the advice of professionals and SEN Support Plans created to outline strategies to address barriers to learning.

Some children with more complex educational needs receive support through a Statement or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. This plan is a legal document drawn up by the local authority which explains the extra help that will be given to meet a child’s needs.

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

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

From an initial acceptance of a place at Belmont CE (Cont.) Primary School, parents/carers are encouraged to work in partnership with us to discuss the child’s progress, support learning and meet with professionals. 


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