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WHAT IS THE SCHOOL LOCAL OFFER?
The St Alban’s Primary School local offer explains what we provide for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEN/D). It explains, in one place, how we support them and help them transition to the next stage of their education. Our SEN policy gives more detail about our day to day procedures. This can be found below.

 

The purpose of our ‘Local Offer’ is to inform parents and carers about:
•How we welcome children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – SEN/D;
•How we support them in all aspects of school life and remove barriers to inclusion;
•How we work in partnership with parents/carers and children;
•How we make effective provision for all of our children with special educational needs and disabilities – SEN/D.

Camden Local Authority  also publishes on its website a Camden Local Offer – setting out a wide range of information about specialist services, schools, colleges and organisations that can provide support and information for families of children and young people with SEN/D. It explains the procedures for requesting an assessment for an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) – which is replacing the SEN statement. You will also find information about:
•Where to go for advice and guidance on SEN and Disability matters
•Leisure activities for children with SEN/D
•Arrangements for resolving disagreements and mediation
The link for Camden Local Offer website is available below.

WHAT KIND OF SCHOOL IS ST ALBAN’S?
We are a Church of England Primary school for children from 4 to 11 in the borough of Camden with one class per year group and a nursery for children aged 3-4. Children start school in our Reception Class in the school year that they turn 5 (they do not have to have attended our Nursery).

Our most recent OFSTED report was published in January 2014 judging us outstanding. You can read the full report by following the Ofsted link.
“The school is fully inclusive. As a result disabled pupils, those who have special educational needs and those who speak English as additional language, including those from Bangladeshi heritage, make outstanding progress. This is as a result of appropriate well-timed interventions, excellent resources and small-group support.“
 
“The LA use the school as a centre of excellence.”    OFSTED JAN 2014
 
“ #inclusion is something St AlbansCamden practises brilliantly #ilovemyschool “ Parent via twitter 2014
 
OUR VISION AND VALUES
As a church school firmly rooted in the teachings, values and spiritual life of the Church Of England, we aim for all children to be successful independent learners and effective decision makers. We value the individual and are committed to inclusive education, equal opportunities and respect for all. In partnership with governors, parents and the local community, we strive to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes high achievement for all children, developing within the individual self-confidence, motivation, aspiration and the ability to work with others.
St Alban’s is founded on the three God-given virtues of Faith, Hope and Love.

  1. Our faith in God leads us to have faith in the humans beings He made. So we are a community in which each and every person is valued and respected in his or her own right.
  2. Our hope in God leads us to have hope and confidence in the individual. So we believe that every child can be successful and achieve during their time at our school and beyond.
  3. God’s love for all shows us that every child matters to Him. And so we welcome all children and make our curriculum accessible to all our children recognising that children learn in different ways and have different needs.

HOW WE LEARN WITH AND FROM OTHER SCHOOLS
We are a learning community and believe that it is important to work with other schools to make sure that our knowledge, expertise and skills on SEN/D issues are up to date. As an outstanding school it is also our responsibility to promote improvement across the wider system and so we share and discuss what is considered to be our best practice with other schools: for example, we host workshops and forums about Downs syndrome education and run training in leading effective inclusive schools for senior leaders of schools in Camden and beyond.
Our SENDCO attends the Local Authority SENDCO forum which keeps all schools up to date with national developments and local projects on inclusion.
Our teachers and teaching assistants are given opportunities to observe other colleagues and discuss good practice on how to enhance children’s learning as individuals or in groups. (This occurs in school and visiting other schools.)

AN INCLUSIVE SCHOOL FOR ALL       
At St Alban’s Primary School we welcome pupils with Special Educational Needs, and make every effort to support them. All our classes are fully inclusive and we have high expectations for all our children. We aim to meet the needs of pupils with:
•Specific learning difficulties
•Moderate learning difficulties
•Social, emotional and mental health needs
•Physical disabilities (NB: the whole school site is not yet completely accessible but classroom allocation is flexible and we make every effort to ensure children’s needs are met where required)
•Visual and hearing impairments
•Complex health needs
•Communication difficulties, including autism.

WHO TO CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION
 All members of staff can be contacted by email: admin@stalbans.camden.sch.uk.
•Our Head Teacher Mary Thorne– provides leadership on inclusion and high achievement for all.
•Our SENDCO Elaine Cowin is the first person to talk to about any SEN questions or concerns.
•Our SEND Governor –Father Guy– has responsibility for monitoring and supporting the school on SEN matters on our governing body.
•Our School Office Manager, Barbara can give you copies of our policies.

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