Hunsbury Park Primary

Background Information and Context

Since the introduction of the new SEND Code of Practice (2014), we have been integrating the old SEN categories of school action/school action plus into a single category called SEN support.

We collect data on pupils within this new category of SEN support and on those have Statements of SEN or the new Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP).


Our Student and Family (SAFS) team consists of:


Mrs Kate Burt – SENCo responsible for Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties (ASD and SLCN)




Mrs Charlie Vickers – SENCo responsible for Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH) – teacher in charge of our DSP

Each SENCO has a SEND register of children for each SEND Descriptor. 


The Local Authority has created a set of SEN Descriptors for each aspect of SEND (above), to enable schools to identify need and arrange appropriate provision.

Identification of SEND happens through a range of approaches;

  • • Pre-school: discussion with pre-school settings regarding needs already identified; discussion with parents and carers
  • • Foundation Stage: observation of pupils in our setting; discussions with relevant staff; discussion with parents and carers; EYFS profile data
  • • Key Stage One and Two: as above, plus formal assessment data, e.g. Phonics’ Screening information; end of key stage SATS (Y2/Y6); reading and spelling age data; ongoing assessment data. 

(MLD – if has achieved below ARE during year 1 and 2 and has had a range of teacher interventions which have not been successful then the child will be placed on the MLD SEND register at the end of year 2, if not earlier).

Children will then be added to the relevant SEND register monitored by the appropriate SENCO. 

Each SENCO at HPPS holds a shadow list for their SENCO area which will list any children whom we have increasing concerns about. 

If a child has more than one SEND need then the child will be placed on the SEND register of their primary SEND need. 


Once a pupil has been identified, we follow a cycle of Plan, Do, Review:


If concerns persist the cycle is continued for a second time, after which the SAFs team discuss appropriate next steps, e.g. amending provision (support, resources, environment) in school; referral to external agencies; preparation and submission of a Request for Statutory Assessment (RSA) to the Local Authority.

The new SEND Code of Practice makes a “Presumption for Mainstream Education”.  This means that the majority of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are expected to be managed within mainstream schools.  Every teacher is a teacher of SEND.

Keeping Safe at HPPS

  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
  • The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Dan York (Head teacher).
  • The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead are Mrs Jo Fantarrow and Mrs Helen Bambridge.

When coming into HPPS please remember:

  • Personal mobile phones are NOT allowed to be used or available for use whilst working with a child, group or class. This is to safeguard both the child/ren and you.  This is a non-negotiable rule.
  • Visitors or staff who do not have full DBS clearance wear a YELLOW lanyard.  This means they are NOT allowed to work unsupervised with a pupil or group.