Special Educational Needs and Disabilites
At Courthouse, our aim is for all children to flourish. Quality first teaching is vital however for some children there are occasions when further positive support may be needed to help them to flourish.
Our SENDCo, Mrs Fiona Hayes, can be contacted through the school office or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Inclusion Charter
SEND related policies
Any concerns about support that the school provides for children with SEND can be raised with the SENDCo, Mrs Fiona Hayes, in the first instance. Any complaints will be handled within the school's complaints policy, which can be found in the key information section of this website.
Choosing the right school for your child
A child’s happiness and achievement at school is every parent’s priority. Therefore selecting a school is one of the most important decisions any parent has to make. In this area, there are many good schools to choose from. By visiting them you will get a good idea which school your child will be happy and successful in. After all, you know your child better than anyone. Here are some suggestions to help you make that decision:
You will probably want to know how well a school is doing. Have a look at the Ofsted report, which you can request from the school or search for on the Ofsted website.
You can ask friends and neighbours for their opinion about a local school, but bear in mind that their child is different to yours and will have different needs. Always visit at least one school, if you can, before you make your final decision. When you arrive at a school, how do you decide whether this one is right for your child? The following check list might help you:
- What are your first impressions of the school? Is there a welcoming, calm and friendly atmosphere?
- How do the staff respond to you? Are they helpful, friendly and informative?
- Are parents welcome in the school? Are there regular meetings for parents?
- Are the children engaged in a range of activities, both within each classroom and throughout the school?
- Are the children involved in what they are doing? Are they enjoying it?
- How do the adults talk to the children? Is the relationship calm, respectful and friendly?
- How is a child’s progress and development assessed and monitored?
- Are the children well-behaved? Are they respectful towards adults, each other and the equipment?
- How do the children respond to you? Are they happy and confident to talk to you? Can they tell you about what they are doing?
- Do you have a positive ‘gut feeling’ about the school? Any good school will be delighted to be visited by prospective children and their parents.
Every school organises this in a different way. At Courthouse Junior, we can offer a personal tour with the SENDCo and/or Headteacher. Please ring the school office to make an appointment. Please note during the current Covid 19 lockdown school tours are not occurring. Please ring the school office who will make note of your details and they will contact you once we are able to run these tours again.
National Autistic Society
The UK's leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families.
Autism Berkshire was founded as the Berkshire Autistic Society in 1990 by a group of parents of children with autism, related conditions and challenging behaviours.
Today they are the leading autism charity in Berkshire and deliver quality specialist services, training and social and leisure activities throughout the county, guided by a team of trustees with personal and professional experience of autism.
Parenting Special Children
The Parenting Service offers a wide range of courses and workshops for families of children and young people with special needs for parent/carers.
Parents and Carers in Partnership for Windsor and Maidenhead
PaCiP is an independent group of parents and carers, all of whom have children and young people (0-25) with some kind of special educational need or disability and live in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
The British Dyslexia Association
The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is the voice of dyslexic people. They aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential.