SENDCO: Christine Burnford

Headteacher: Bryony Surtees

Deputy Headteacher: Laura Fielding

SEND Governor: Stephen Dove

If you are worried about your child please contact the School Office to make an appointment to see Miss Burnford, who will talk through your concerns via


SEND Local Offer

What is the Local Offer?

The Children and Families Act places a duty on every Local Authority to publish a Local Offer, setting out in one place information on the provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people (from 0-25 years) who have SEN and Disabilities (SEND)

It is a ‘front door’ to information on the SEND provision from the Local Authority, Health, schools and settings and the voluntary sector.

The Local Offer has two main purposes:

  • to provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities that are available; and
  • to make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving children and young people with SEN, parents/carers, and service providers in its development and review 

Isle of Ely’s view

At Isle of Ely, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive and SEN friendly school. Our staff work to make reasonable adjustments within the classroom to ensure all students with SEN can access learning.

We believe:

  • all teachers are teachers of all children;
  • all children have a right to participate fully in the Curriculum;
  • all children have a right to participate in the extra-curricular life of the school;
  • inclusion equates to higher achievement for all children.


What is SEND?

A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability, which calls for special educational provision to be made.

What we offer:

Here at Isle of Ely we follow the graduated model of Assess, Plan, Do, Review [APDR] for all children we feel need support. All teachers, alongside the SENCo are responsible for monitoring progress of all the children, including those with SEND needs. If no progress has been made after two cycles of APDRs, the SENCo will seek further support from outside agencies, such as SEND services or Speech and Language.

We provide numerous forms of support for all children, including those with SEND, such as:

  • Sensory circuits
    • or group counselling
  • A sensory room
  • Small group interventions
  • Dyslexia friendly environments

Mental Health

Isle of Ely strongly believes that children learn best when they are confident in themselves.

We, as a school, acknowledge that mental health needs are becoming increasingly apparent in primary aged children and we offer numerous ways to support children with these needs.


Below you will find links to some useful documents: 



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