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Cherry Orchard First School and Caterpillars Pre-School

"Small enough to care, Big enough to inspire"


At Cherry Orchard First School we support all pupils with Special Educational/Disability Needs (SEND) to ensure they make progress and achieve their potential.  Children have learning difficulties for a variety of reasons and here at Cherry Orchard we ensure that we take responsibility for identifying and providing appropriate provision for all special educational needs. 


If you have any concerns about your child, you should discuss these initially with your child's teacher or with the school's SENDCo (Mrs Bitcon).


To find out more information about Special Educational Needs please take a look at the links below.

Introduction to the 'School Offer'

A 'school offer' is the provision that is made for children who have additional needs, such as special education needs or disabilities (SEND).  Please click below to access our school offer. 


Provision is divided into three ‘Waves’:


Wave 1: Universal Core Provision and Quality First Inclusive Teaching

These are the measures routinely taken by all teachers in the classroom to ensure that children of all needs can be successful.


Wave 2: Enhanced and Targeted Short Term Intervention / Provision

Sometimes children may need specific additional help for a short time.  This may be offered through interventions delivered in small groups, pairs or 1-to-1.  For example, additional phonics ‘catch up’ groups or extra help with basic maths.  If a child still needs additional help, outside advice may be sought.


Wave 3: Personalised and Specialist Provision Meeting High Longer Term Needs

Following advice from other professionals, more detailed and longer term support structures are put in place. This may include providing an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) or a Statement of Special Needs (EHCPs will gradually replace Statements over time).


Under each ‘Wave’ the support the school offers is divided into four broad areas of need:


Cognition and Learning:  This includes general learning difficulties as well as some specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia.


Communication and Interaction: This will include autistic spectrum disorder and speech and language needs.


Social, Mental and Emotional Health: This includes children who have difficulties managing their behaviour.


Physical and Sensory: This includes children with physical disabilities and sensory impairments such as visual or hearing impairments.


If you are unsure about any of these categories, or are worried about your child’s needs, please speak to your child’s teacher, or telephone our Head Teacher, Mrs Sarah Bitcon, on 01386 552515.

SEN Information Report