Skinner Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 1HG

01977 794 179

St Giles C of E Academy

Growing Together


SEND Information


St Giles C of E Academy is a mainstream setting. We welcome children with SEND as outlined in the 2014 SEND Code of Practice. Please see our admissions policy for further details. At St Giles, we ensure that all pupils have access to an stimulating environment and a exciting curriculum that enables all children to enjoy and achieve their full potential. Children are encouraged to foster a keen desire to learn and do well and reach their goals in a safe and secure learning environment. As such, we are committed to narrowing the attainment gap between children with SEND and their non-SEND peers. 


Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCO) is Mrs R Winwood - please contact via the school office 01977 794179

(Assisting Mrs Winwood is Mrs Firth - Deputy Headteacher - please contact via the school office 01977 794179 )

Click here for St Giles SEND Information Report

The School works with due regard to the following guidelines:

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25

Schedule 1 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014

The Equality Act 2010

Section 69(2) of the Children and Families Act 2014


How does school identify pupils with SEN?

Your child may be identified as having a special educational need if they are struggling to develop age appropriate skills, or they have identified needs which impact on their ability to learn in the classroom environment. Teachers will speak to the SENDCO if they are concerned about a child’s progress or think a child has specific needs. The SENDCO will then arrange a meeting with parents to discuss school’s concerns. With parental permission the child may then be placed on the SEND Register.

What is a special educational need?

‘A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

(a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or

(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post -16 institutions. (Taken from paragraph xiv, SEN Code of Practice 2015).

A child under compulsory school age has special educational needs if they fall within the definition at (a) or (b) above or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them (Clause 20 Children and Families Act 2014)’ (SEN Code of Practice 2015) 

What is a disability?

The Equality Act 2010 states that a person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

A physical or mental impairment includes: learning difficulties including specific learning difficulties; medical conditions including epilepsy, diabetes, more severe forms of asthma and eczema; autism; speech, language and communication impairments.

If the impairment has a substantial and long-term effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities it may amount to a disability.


Where can I find information on where the local authority’s local offer is published?

Please access this information via the link below:



What provision do St Giles CE Academy have for my child?

Provision map for academic year 2019-20


Click here   to see St Giles SEND Policy



Inclusion and Special Educational Needs

 We are committed to be fully inclusive where all members of our school are treated fairly and equally. By working in partnership with children, families and partner agencies, we ensure that all children receive the support they need to access all aspects of school life. We respect each child as an individual and have high expectations and aspirations for all.

 If you have any questions or concerns about your child and would like to speak to us at school, then please do not hesitate to contact our SENCO - Mrs Winwood. 

 Once you have done this, if you remain concerned and want to make a complaint about the school’s SEN Support please follow the school’s Complaint procedure.


Click here to see St Giles Complaints Policy