SEND at Chipstead Valley Primary School

SEND Parent Information Sheet

Our Values and Vision in Relation to SEND Provision

All children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are valued, respected and equal members of our school.  As such, provision for children with SEND is a matter for the school as a whole:

‘All teachers are teachers of pupils with SEND’

  • All children with special educational needs and disabilities will be identified and assessed as early as possible
  • Special educational provision will effectively address the special educational needs and disabilities identified
  • Children with special educational needs and disabilities will receive the greatest possible access to a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Parents/carers will be encouraged and supported in playing an active role in their child’s education
  • Children’s views will be sought and taken into account


Code of Practice Definition

The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (DfES 2014) states:

A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

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

(b) has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.Link to SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years:\tions/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25


What is the Local Offer?

Croydon Children, Family and Learning services are required to provide a Local Offer for Croydon’s children and young people with SEND. This Local Offer will:

  • provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up to date information about the available provision and how to access it
  • ensure that this provision is responsive to local needs and takes into account views and aspirations of children and young people with SEND and their families

Croydon’s Local Offer is available on these pages – you can click on weblinks and/or download leaflets attached to the main pages:

What happens if we do not live in the borough of Croydon?

Our school has become an early adopter in an exciting new initiative by Croydon Council to improve support for children with special needs or disabilities who live in Croydon.

Along with several other schools in our area, we’ve been given funding to provide earlier and better targeted help and support to SEND youngsters. This will enable our special needs staff to work closely with our partner schools to quickly get the necessary support and help for students who are beginning to demonstrate that they have additional needs which can’t be met through our own school SEND resources.

This early help which may be in the form of advice, school to school support, referral to specialist services, or additional resource can be put in place rapidly without unnecessary delay. This is because our group of schools hold the funding between us so we can direct this to the most suitable children in an efficient targeted way.

The initiative is called “Locality SEND Support” and will run throughout this academic year. We will monitor the outcomes closely, and if it proves successful it is anticipated that it will then be rolled out across all schools in Croydon. Presently the scheme is only for Croydon residents and will not impact on students who already have an Education & Health care Plan or those in Enhanced Learning Provisions.

If you want to learn more about this scheme please contact the school office and we will be happy to send you further details.