Our school is an academy within Tudhoe Learning Trust. The Trust is the Admissions Authority for all schools within the Trust and has determined to operate admissions on the same basis as that used by Durham Local Authority.
South Hetton Primary operates within an equal preference scheme and welcomes all children.
The planned admission number for our school in 2017/2018 is 35.
To appeal against an admission decision visit: School admissions-appeals.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Here at South Hetton Primary School we take pride in being very inclusive and we will endeavour to provide support to every individual.
All of School Policies can be found on the website but the most important ones for parents of children with SEND are listed below:
- SEND Policy
- Equality Policy
- Accessibility Plan
- Anti-Bullying Policy
- Behaviour Policy
- Medical Needs Policy
- Other relevant school policies
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
Arrangements For The Admission Of Pupils With Disabilities
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 defines a disabled person as one who has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a persons ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Most children with Special Needs will not be disabled within the meaning of the Act. The admission of pupils with disabilities is considered in the first instance in the same way as non-disabled pupils. Further considerations are made in the light of need and accessibility. It is the school policy to accommodate pupils with disabilities should parents wish and individual needs are planned for to prevent any pupils being treated less favourably than other pupils. In practice we ensure that classroom and extra curricular activities encourage the participation of all pupils, including those categorised as having Special Educational Needs. Staff organise human and physical resources within the school to increase access to learning and participation by all pupils.
Existing facilities provided to assist access to the school by pupils with disabilities:
- Wheelchair access onto school grounds via Frederick Terrace gate and staff car park has disabled parking bay and dropped kerb.
- Wheelchair access into the school at all entrances, and all rooms.
- Carpeted classrooms to aid hearing impaired pupils’ learning.
- Exterior lighting to improve evening access.
- Routes to the main entrance are clearly signed and free from obstructions
- Disabled toilet
- Single storey building
Applying for a school place if your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of SEN
Children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (or Statement of Special Education Needs) follow a different admission and transfer process for a new school. Please continue to complete Durham County Council’s parental preference form, as part of the admission process to a new school. You continue to have a right to request a particular school and this will be considered alongside the information that we have about your child’s special educational needs. The information would have been provided as part of the Education, Health and Care assessment or following the review meeting.
Early Years Foundation Stage Entry
All new Reception children are admitted annually into school in September. Transition arrangements being in July each year with children having the opportunity to spend time in their new classroom with peers and staff; as well as to stay for a school lunch. Staff will focus transition work on settling children into their new environment and giving children the opportunity to get to know their class group in advance of the start of the academic year.