Dean Bank Primary and Nursery School

We offer ‘30 hours childcare for working parents’. 

We are a highly successful and happy school in Ferryhill, County Durham. We offer education to primary aged children and nursery age children.

Achievement and a can do attitude are at the heart of what we do. We nurture positive and caring attitudes, where all achievements are valued. Pupils are encouraged to develop independence and responsibility.

If you would like your child to come to our school, please contact us Mrs Gilyeat will make arrangements for you to visit.

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When is it on?

Time of day
Session information
Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm

Who to contact

Contact name
Mrs Pauline Northcott
Contact position
01740 651 512
Dean Bank Primary and Nursery School

Where to go

St Cuthberts Terrace
County Durham
DL17 8PP

Other details

Cost description
Breakfast Club is free. There may be a small charge for some After School Clubs
Age range
3 - 11 years


Childcare availability
Before school
Term time
After school
Free 3/4 yr places
Free 2 yr places
Will be providing 30 hours

Vacancy details

Immediate vacancies?
Other information
We have places available in Reception to Year 6. Nursery provision is allocated according to date of birth, please contact Mrs. Gilyeat for more information. (Updated 17 May 2023)

Local Offer

Local Offer description

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

Contact name
Mrs Katie Hay
Contact telephone
01740 651 512
Contact email
SEND at Dean Bank

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?

Once children join a school and staff build up a relationship with that pupil, then it can become apparent there may be extra support needed to ensure that child can reach their potential. This is sometimes done through discussion with parents, following assessments or observations or it might come from pulling together a range of concerns with other professional. The best way forward is to have an open relationship between school and home where all parties are working for the best outcome for the child.

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?

EYFS staff are great at understanding child development and know that all pupils develop at a different rate. They also are expert at knowing and spotting when something doesn’t seem quite right and ensure that support or the curriculum is appropriate for each individual.

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 children are different but they have to be able to access an inclusive curriculum, where all children can succeed. This sometimes looks slightly different for individuals but staff will tailor activities to ensure all children can succeed.

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?

Children are all individual and learn at different rates but their progress is monitored closely by staff. Parents are given both informal feedback e.g. at the school gate and formal feedback e.g. at parent consultations to ensure parents and carers know how their child is doing and how they can help them.

How will you support my child's overall wellbeing?

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

As a school we take wellbeing very seriously, it is at the heart of everything we do. Staff are sympathetic to the needs of all of our young people but are especially mindful of any additional support a young person with SEND might need. This could include support at lunchtimes, extra verbal reassurances or just a smile and a sticker. These little things all help to ensure children feel happy and secure coming into school.

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?

As a school we have a service level agreement with our Local Authority who are able to signpost us to a range of organisations that we could use to support our children. These may include Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy services, Cognition and learning Teams and a whole range of other specific services relating to specific areas of need experienced by our children.

How are staff trained regarding SEND?

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

Our staff have had a range of training which has, in the past centred around TRAUMA, ASD, ADHD. They have also had First Aid and medical training around Diabetes and School encourage any staff who feel they need further professional development, to highlight this so it can be built into the whole School Training Development or accessed individually.

What activities outside the classroom will there be?

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

It is expected that all children take part in all our school activities and we ensure that staffing and resources allow for this. We have had children in wheelchairs visit the beach and ASD children go away on residential trips. We risk assess and plan these visits carefully with parents and the Local Authority and make everything as inclusive as possible.

How will you support my child's needs?

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

We are fortunate that our school is predominantly on 1 level and where this is not the case, we have a small lift installed. We have a disabled toilets children have access to the out of doors area.

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?

School has a notional budget which is worked out based on a National Funding Formula. This is used to ensure children have access and support to services and is mapped out against provision in school. We also occasionally apply for Top up Funding if we deem this necessary and if children have an EHCP, then this also comes with additional financial resources to ensure we are able to give the pupils the education they deserve.

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?

School will always talk to parents and carers about support that could be given to pupil. This might be driven by advice sought from other professionals or merely through the experience of the teacher knowing the pupil well. School try very hard to evaluate support and its impact and will continue to seek guidance if they feel children need this.

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

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

Information can be found in SEND Information Report on school website.

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?

When children with SEND join our school we ensure we have as much information from parents and carers as possible and ask for information from previous settings, where this is possible. We understand that children join us and move on in their education and therefore work within the Local Authority Framework of ‘Preparing For Adulthood’ which supports the overview of pupils being prepared for their next stage of education. This document is important to use to set outcomes to ensure they are far reaching and prepare young people for the future.


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