Grove Wood Primary School

Grove Wood Primary School

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Grove Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8UA

01268 743445


Welcome to the Inclusion Department at Grove Wood Primary School 

At Grove Wood Primary School, we pride ourselves on having inclusivity embedded throughout our school. We strive to meet the individual needs of all its learners in the most effective way possible. We work in partnership with children, parents and other agencies to provide the best possible outcomes for all our children, including those with a range of additional and complex needs. The school’s SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) policy and procedures ensure that high expectations, early intervention and appropriate support for all our children is in place to ensure every child reaches their full potential.

At Grove Wood Primary School we are committed to:

· The Safeguarding and wellbeing of all children and adults

· Unlocking every child’s potential to learn and succeed

· Effective early intervention and support for all children.

Here at Grove Wood Primary School, we are exceptionally lucky to have a highly experienced Inclusion Team who are able to support all children and their families to foster independent learning and life skills for all.

The Inclusion Manager & SENCo is Mrs Kay Harvey. Mrs Backhouse (Learning Mentor) & Mrs Marshall ( Pupil Welfare Officer) work with a range of external professionals and families to support our children.


Below is the school’s padlet, offering a range of resources and information to support families, it will be added to and updated as the team find new resources to share.

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Click here for the SEN information Report

 Click here for the Send Policy for Learning Support and Special Needs (SEND)

The details of the Essex County Council's Local Offer can be found here: Essex Local Offer. You will find an array of information and organisations that will assist you in supporting your child. 

 The final version of the Code of Practice, which is the statutory guidance for organisations working with children with Special Educational needs was released in January 2015. It states that there are four main areas of need: 

1. Communication and Interaction 

Children who have speech and language or communication difficulties or who have a diagnosis of ASD will fall under this category. Please follow these links to help you if you feel your child is struggling in this area: 


2. Cognition and Learning

Some children will struggle to keep up with their peers. They may have difficulties with dyslexia, dyscalculia or dyspraxia.


3. Social, Emotional and Mental Health

Children may struggle with social or emotional difficulties in different ways. They could be withdrawn, finding it difficult to concentrate, they may display challenging behaviour or may become overly anxious.


4. Sensory and/or Physical difficulties 

Some children will have a special educational need due to a specific physical difficulty. This may also include visual or hearing impairments. 



If you have any concerns about your child please do speak to a member of the Inclusion Team and we will be more than happy to try and help. 

The School's Aim 

The School's Aim


It is the school’s aim to challenge all pupils and enable each child to fulfil his or her own potential. At Grove Wood Primary School we endeavour to continuously develop teaching resources, skills and methods to enable all pupils to succeed. Sometimes children experience temporary difficulties, such as medical problems or life challenges, which can affect their learning, and some children have specific educational difficulties which require support. Children with special needs will be supported within the classroom with appropriate teaching materials, learning aids and equipment. Where children need support beyond the normal teaching programme, they may be withdrawn individually or in small groups from the classroom.

Essex County Council is developing a new Commissioning Strategy for Services for Children and Young People with Disabilities. This involves our commissioners and research team deepening their understanding of the diverse range of needs of the children and young people and identifying and improving the support and opportunities in place to meet those needs. 

Our first job is to look at the short breaks offer known as “clubs and activities” and “light touch care”. These are the opportunities that provide leisure time, informal education opportunities. This might include dance, sports, arts and life skills such as cooking.   

The contracts for these clubs and activities expire in September 2021. To help us put the right things in place for after September 2021 we want to hear what works best for children, young people and families, for example what you enjoy doing and things you would like to achieve by attending these opportunities.   

The information you provide will help us start to design the new offer with you from now until the new services are in place. 

To complete the survey please follow this link   


If anyone has any questions or would require the survey in another format please email      


Young carers are defined as children under 18 who are caring unpaid for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or who has mental health or addiction problems. Young carers are a vulnerable and disadvantaged group who frequently experience difficulties in their education due to their caring role. They are specifically mentioned in Ofsted’s evaluation inspection schedule and are often eligible for free school meals and Pupil Premium Funding.


Grove Wood Primary School is committed to develop provision for young carers and their families. 

We will capture the commitment by widening our provision, building on the needs of the young people and better meet young carers’ needs by reviewing Grove Wood Primary School’s provision for young carers with a view to ultimately achieving best practice. We will review this annually.

How we will achieve this:

The whole school is committed to meeting the needs of young carers so that they can attend and enjoy school in the same way as other pupils and achieve their potential.

Appointing a designated Young Carers’ School Lead with a responsibility for young carers and their families.  Pupils and families will be made aware of the identity of this lead and how to contact them to access support.

Our current leads are Mrs Harvey, young carers SLT lead and Mrs Backhouse, young carers champion lead.

Staff will be trained yearly to identify and support young carers and their families.

Assemblies/PSHE lessons will be shared to identify young carers in our setting annually.

The school only shares information with professionals and agencies on a need to know basis in order to support pupils and their families.

Grove Wood Primary School will actively seek feedback and ideas from young carers and their families to shape and improve support annually via meetings and questionnaires.

The school has an excellent referral system and strong partnership in place with relevant external agencies, including referral to Young Carer agencies providing key workers who will work with young carers and families.

We will strive to achieve best practice for pupils and families in our school in order to provide them with the best chance of success in the future.

Mrs K. Harvey

Inclusion Manager/SENCO/young carers SLT lead



Click here for the Young Carers Policy


Click Here for the Young Carer Support

Application Form

The Bridge SEND Family Bulletin -

We are running four more roadshows before the end of the school term. The dates and venues are as follows:

Epping Civic Offices, 323 High St, Epping CM16 4BZ

First Site Museum - Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester CO1 1JH

Central Baptist Church - Victoria Rd S, Chelmsford CM1 1LN

The Megacentre- 7 Brook Rd, Rayleigh SS6 7UT

Just to let you know that ACL are offering a FREE supportive and educational service for families across Essex. 

ACL ESSEX Community and Family Learning team support parents with their parenting role – family wellbeing, parenting, SEND support, early years, starting school (primary and secondary), understanding the curriculum (Maths, English, STEM) and other specialist workshops.  

For more information, please click the following link 

ACL ESSEX also offer adults a wide range of daytime and evening adult learning courses to help you improve your job prospects, learn a new skill, or simply inspire you. If you would like someone to contact you, check out their website(

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