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St Gabriel's Church of England Primary School

St Gabriel's is a Church of England primary school located on the outskirts of Blackburn. We are a single form entry school, with seven classes (Reception to Year 6). The Christian ethos is at the heart of our school family and underpins all that we do. We are a high achieving school with high expectations for all our children, whatever their individual needs or abilities. We provide outstanding learning opportunities to nurture and develop the academic, social, physical, cultural, emotional and spiritual development of all our children.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Belinda Haigh
Contact Position
Head Teacher
01254 249462

Where to go

St Gabriel's C.E. Primary School
Wilworth Crescent

St Gabriel's is a Church of England primary school located on the outskirts of Blackburn. We are a single form entry school, with seven classes (Reception to Year 6). The Christian ethos is at the heart of our school family and underpins all that we do. We are a high achieving school with high expectations for all our children, whatever their individual needs or abilities. We provide outstanding learning opportunities to nurture and develop the academic, social, physical, cultural, emotional and spiritual development of all our children.

This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Contact Name
Belinda Haigh
Contact Telephone
01254 249462
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by, the school/setting?
  • Ramp access to main entrance/junior playground
  • Specific Learning Difficulty (SPLD) strategies throughout school
  • Experienced Special Educational Needs staff
  • Strong links with external services
  • Dyslexia screening and assessment
  • Dyslexia 'Touch Type Read and Spell' programme (KS2)
What training and experience have the staff supporting children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities had, or are having?
  • Dyslexia screening and assessment
  • Regular child protection and safeguarding updates for all staff
  • Speech and language training - specific staff
  • Every Child a Counter programme - specific staff
  • PIVATs training
  • Reading Recovery strategies and approachTeacher
  • Motor skills/physical development training
  • Autistic spectrum disorder training - specific staff
How do you know if my child/young person needs extra help?

At St Gabriel's we know when pupils need help if:-

  • concerns are raised by their class teacher, parent or the child
  • limited progress is being made.
  • there is a change in the pupils behaviour

Children are assessed on entry into Reception and their progress is continually monitored throughout school.  Additional tests used in our school include Dyslexia Early Screening, Derbyshire Language screening, BPVS - British Picture Vocabulary Screening and PIVATS - Performance Indicators for Value Added Target Setting.

What should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

If you feel that your child is experiencing difficulties please speak to the class teacher or Head Teacher. 

If a teacher is concerned about the progress of your child, they may invite you to an informal meeting.  If necessary, your concerns will be referred to our SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), Mrs L Holmes.  She will liaise with class teachers, parents and any outside agencies.

How will staff support my child/young person?

The SENCO and class teacher will initially speak together and, with your permission, may decide to liaise with a variety of outside agencies: health visitors, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, educational psychologists or physiotherapists.  These specialists may come into school to work with your child if considered beneficial.  The class teacher continually monitors and reviews each child's progress.

There is no one model that fits all children and whilst we aim to meet most needs, we also try to develop independence in all our children.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

The school staff will devise differentiated activities to help your child make progress and gain confidence.  Your child may work in a small group for a specified time, with additional support staff to help them, if seen appropriate.

The nature of need drives each individual programme.  We invite you to play a part in this too by helping with homework, reading and practising maths skills regularly.

How will teaching approaches be modified to support my child/young person?

All teachers are encouraged to use exciting and innovative teaching strategies in order to meet the needs and learning styles of the children in their class.  This could include the use of visual timetables, colour overlays for dyslexia, oversize print or the use of radio mics.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing?

Monitoring progress is an integral part of teaching and learning at St Gabriel's.  All children are assessed and their progress monitored from the earliest days in Reception until their final end of year assessments in Year 6, before they move on to high school.  Progress data is shared with governors and the impact of intervention programmes is continually measured.  This information informs school's financial and development planning.

Our open door policy provides parents with the opportunity for discussion face to face or on the telephone.  We hold more formal parent evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms.  We also send home mid and end of year progress reports.  Each child with SEN has their own learning targets that they are working towards and these are shared with parents.

How will you help me to support my child/young person's learning?

We believe that parents have an important part to play in supporting their children's learning and education.  We provide practical guidance to ensure all parents can engage in activities to enhance and reinforce their child's progress.

We actively encourage you as a parent to be involved with your child's learning and we will actively work with you in order that you do not feel unsure about the role you can play.  Being interested and involved in your child's learning is essential and is all the more important if your child is struggling to overcome SEN issues.

The class teacher may suggest ways in which you can support your child alongside homework activities.  If outside agencies or the Educational Psychologist has been involved, suggestions and programmes of study provided by them are nomally provided that can be used at home.  We also hold Curriculum Evenings to provide relevant information and practical support for parents.

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall wellbeing?

The well-being of your child is central to the ethos of our schol, our open door policy and proactive approach to dealing with any concerns or issues that your child may face enables St Gabriel's to provide a happy, safe and caring environment.

The emotional wellbeing of your child is extremely important to us.  We actively promote the pastoral care and nurture of all the children in our school family.  We have a 'Keeping Safe' week each year to discuss all aspects of a child's personal safety - from procedures at the end of the school day to E-safety at home.  The week's discussions also include health and fitness, attitudes to learning and aspirations, involvement in sports and extra-curricular activities - all issues affecting general wellbeing and self-esteem.

Elections are held in all classes from Y1 to Y6 to appoint candidates to the school council.  These representatives discuss school issues with senior staff and report decisions, outcomes and ideas back to their own classes.

Medicines are kept in the School Office and refrigerated appropriately.  Parents complete a form which details dosage and other relevant information and grants authorisation to the school to administer medicine to their child.  See our Medicines Policy on our website.

If your child has a medical need then a care plan may be prepared in consultation with you and the appropriate medical practitioners.  Many of our staff are trained in first aid, with key staff having paediatric first aid certificates.

What activities will be available for my child/young person?

Activities and school trips are available to all children in our school.  A risk assessment will be carried out and procedures put in place to ensure that all children can participate.  Where there are complex needs, raising questions over inclusion, school would work with parents to seek to provide appropriate provision.  We often seek parental volunteers to accompany our children on trips and visits, so please contact school if you would like to be involved.  We run a variety of trips, from very local neighbourhood walks to the Year 6 residential which includes 'adventurous activities'.

Whilst no child would be prevented from going on a trip through non-payment, the trip may not be possible without contributions from parents and carers.

Schoolalso hosts and provides a range of extra-curricular clubs for both infants and juniors, these include a whole range of sporting opportunities and music activities, including instrument tuition.  Some of these clubs are run voluntarily by members of staff, but some are run by external providers and do require a payment.  If your child is passionate about a club, but can't attend for financial reasons please come and talk with us.

How will you prepare and support my child/young person during transitions?

We have very good links with all the high schools we 'feed'.  Each high school arranges introductory sessions for all new children and these are attended during release time from St Gabriel's.  These include activity days where your child can meet their class teacher and other children who will be starting school at the same time

We ensure that all relevant information about your child's needs are discussed at a transition meeting and that all the appropriate records are forwarded to the new school.

Where there may be additional concerns about transition, additional meetings will be held with key staff and additional visits for the child can be arranged.

To help with children transferring into school from nursery we hold meetings for all parents to attend to find out about essential school information and approaches to learning.  During these sessions, new starters will spend time in their new classrooms with their teacher and key worker.

How are resources and equipment allocated and matched to my child's/young person's needs?

Sometimes specialist equipment is needed to support a child's learning.  This may be equipment already within school.  It may also be equipment supplied by external services.

Sometimes, school staff are allocated to support a child's learning needs.  Where a child is awarded additional funding, staffing could be wholly provided by this budget.  Other children may benefit from existing staff who are deployed to meet the needs of children across school.  Staffing resources are determined by individual need and availability.

How are decisions made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

St Gabriel's has a budget for SEN which is allocated each financial year.  This money is used to provide additional support or resources identified in their individual education plan.  Additional provision may be considered if reviews and assessments identify that your child is not making the progress we would expect.

The types of support available may include working within a small group with a teaching assistant, specialist input from professionals such as an educational psychologist, specialist software for use on laptops or equipment to develop motor skills.

If, through discussion with yourself, the SENCO and other staff in school, it is agreed that the school cannot meet your child's needs through existing resources, an application may be made to the local authority for an Education, Health & Care Plan.  This process can be found on the local offer website.


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