Appleton Thorn Community Primary School

Appleton Thorn Primary School is a lively and friendly school set in the village of Appleton Thorn, five miles from Warrington town centre. Our vision for Appleton Thorn Primary School is; to be a strong traditional community school with an enhanced learning environment incorporating technology and resources for today's world and tomorrow's, to be responsive to the talents and needs of each child, recognising their different learning styles and celebrating their achievements, to give the children a voice in shaping their own futures and to engage the whole community in the continued success of our unique village school.
If your child is to join us for the first time, we welcome you as parents and look forward to a happy and successful association over the coming years. For those who already have children in the school, we look to strengthen our partnership for the benefit of your children.
Childcare provision related to this school is Appleton Thorn Link Club. Childminders also provide out of school care and some may have specified they pick up/drop off from this school. For more detailed information of childcare linked to this school please contact the Families Information Service who can offer comprehensive up to date information on registered childcare in Warrington, including childminders, day nurseries, pre-schools, playgroups, out of school and holiday clubs, carer & toddler groups, leisure activities and much more. Other Useful contacts include School Admissions and Transport and Pupil Services

01925 266764


Appleton Thorn Primary School

Arley Road




SEND Local Offer description

We are a lively and friendly primary school set in the village of Appleton Thorn, 5 miles from Warrington town centre. Appleton Thorn Primary School is an inclusive mainstream community primary school for 4 – 11 year olds. Toilet facilities are fully equipped with a hoist and shower.

SEND Local Offer contact name

Craig Burgess (Head Teacher)

Age range

5-7, 8-11

What communication support is available? e.g. BSL,


What extra support is available at school?

Needs led SALT (speech and language therapy)

Staff know if a child / young person needs support

All children throughout the school are monitored via our Provision Mapping tool which identifies each child's needs against the four areas of need in the Code of Practice, and also identifies the provision in place for that child (staffing, resources, activities, approaches). This is reviewed termly and is the basis for discussion between class teachers and the SENDCo particularly at transition time in July. As recommended in the Code of Practice, there is a graduated model of action and intervention to help children who have special educational needs at Appleton Thorn Primary. This approach recognises that there is a continuum of special educational need. Where necessary, increasing specialist expertise will be brought to bear on the difficulties that a child may be experiencing; therefore ensuring progressively more powerful interventions can be used to meet increasing need. This model also allows the range, type and intensity of interventions to be reduced as a child makes adequate progress.

What to do if you think your child needs support

Speak to your child's class teacher who will be able to advise and liaise with the school SENDCo. They will be able to advise and support. The school has an open door policy and we understand that your child's education is a joint partnership between school and parents / carers.

How will staff support a child with SEND?

The class teacher in consultation with the SENDCo, parents / carers and young person will discuss and plan the education program. The effectiveness of this will be monitored over time and progress will be reviewed at least termly. The class teacher will continue to inform parents / carers of pupil progress when necessary and will update the SENDCo where appropriate. The Governors will continue to monitor the progress of Special Educational Needs (SEN) children.

How is the curriculum matched to a child's needs?

School provision maps identify categories of need and resources are allocated to best fit those needs. Teachers differentiate lessons according to individual child needs and where necessary Individual Education Plans (IEP) are generated in consultation with parents / carers and children. These detail specific targets, resources and support on an individual basis.

How do parents learn about their child's progress?

Class teachers will share, discuss, and review progress and targets with parent carers and the young person at regular intervals. Communication diaries may be used to further support home school liaison and there will be an annual review of progress. Parents / carers may be invited to attend training events to support further learning and there will be open lines of communication between all stakeholders.

How is children's well-being supported?

For more information regarding children's overall emotional health and wellbeing please refer to the schools policies found on our website regarding, Health and Safety, Behaviour and Well Being.

What specialist services can the setting access?

School will access a number of local authority specialist services such as: Educational Psychologist, Speech and language Support, Occupational Therapy, Inclusion team, Teachers for Learning, Sensory Support, School Health. School will also seek private specialist services where necessary.

What SEND training do staff receive?

School SENDCo and Assistant SENDCo attend regular Special Educational Needs (SEN) training through cluster school provision to maintain up to date knowledge of SEN practice. The Assistant SENDCo also has an SEN Degree and uses their expertise to support staff and identified children throughout the school.

How are all children included in all activities?

At Appleton Thorn Primary School we seek to include all children in all activities and will work closely with parents / carers to ensure barriers to participation are catered for. Risk assessments will be shared with children and families to ensure correct provision is in place.

How accessible is the environment?

Appleton Thorn Primary School is fully accessible for wheelchair users and also has a fully equipped disabled toilet which has a height adjustable changing table and shower facility wet room. The school hall has a hearing loop installed.

How are resources matched to children's needs?

Provision mapping identifies categories of need for an individual, class and whole school basis. Funds are allocated to best meet the needs of children and spending is regularly reviewed to ensure the school is utilising funds to ensure the very best practice and support is in place.

How are children supported through transition?

School works closely with local secondary schools to ensure smooth transition for all children. Careful programmes of transition are created to meet the individual needs of children and parents / carers are encouraged to accompany children where appropriate. School ensures formal and informal meetings are held to share knowledge, data, progress and any other relevant information & documentation with the receiving school so that a complete picture of each child is shared.

How is a decision made about the support needed?

Following detailed assessment of the child, the Class teacher, in consultation with the SENDCo, will decide the nature and regularity of individual pupil support. This may be more appropriate as a small group intervention or if the need arises on a 1 to 1 basis. Support will change according to the ongoing review of need and this will be discussed with parents / carers and the child. For children with a statement or Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) further consultation will take place with all stakeholders as to the success and requirements of intervention and the funding that is available to school.

How can parents and carers be involved?

Parents / carers will be informed of our home school agreement, which details the expectations of all stakeholders in school. Parents / carers are partners in their child's education and will be encouraged to access school events and be involved in school life. Our open door policy means teachers are available to discuss concerns either informally through a drop in process or parents / carers may request a formal appointment.

Who can be contacted for further information?

For further information contact: Within the school setting: Class teacher or teaching assistant, SENDCo, Head Teacher & SEN Governor. Local Authority contacts: Warrington SEND Information , Advice & Support Service, School Health