Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

Harpur Hill Primary School is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education for all.  We believe that all children, including those identified as having special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible to them, and to be fully included in all aspects of school life.  

We believe that all children should be equally valued in school.  We will strive to eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and to develop an environment where all children can flourish and feel safe. We teach SEND children in our mainstream setting. They are entitled to the same quality of teaching as non-SEND pupils and have equality of access to the curriculum. As a school we are mindful of and comply with expectations of the SEN Code of Practice and Disability Discrimination Act as shown in our SEND and Inclusion Policies.

We use different interventions and approaches to address specific areas of need and would look carefully at your child's individual needs when deciding how best to support your child.

Harpur Hill Primary School is committed to inclusion.  We aim to engender a sense of community and belonging, and to offer new opportunities to learners who may have experienced previous difficulties. We are committed to giving all our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards.

Our latest SEND policy can be downloaded here:

Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy (Jan 2017)

 The school’s accessibility plan can be downloaded here:

Accessibility Plan (Jan 2018)

SEND Complaints Procedure

As we always work closely with parents, consulting them regularly, it is hoped that complaints about SEND provision will be rare. However, should there be a complaint, the following procedure should be adopted:

  • Parents are encouraged to discuss the problem with the class teacher, together with the SENCO.
  • If the problem is not resolved, then the parents should make an appointment to discuss the problem with the Head teacher. If necessary, parents may complain to the Governors in writing. The complaints procedure is on the school website.
  • If the problem remains unresolved, the parents have the right to discuss their problems with an LA representative, with or without members of the school staff present. If appropriate the Derbyshire Information, Advice and Support Service for SEND can become involved to support the parents and give advice.

As a school we support the Local Offer made by Derbyshire Authority in relation to their commitment to delivery the Children and Families Bill 2014. More information on this can be found at:


Our Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO) is Miss N Marsh 

Email: senco@harpurhill.derbyshire.sch.uk