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Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School

Sacred Heart is a one form entry primary school close to Blackburn town centre. We have seven classes; Reception to Year 6 and currently have approximately 200 children on roll. The majority of our children are from Indian and Pakistani backgrounds and many speak English as an additional language. We provide a nurturing and supportive family environment in which children can flourish; our school motto is ‘Together we Shine.’ We offer a broad and balanced curriculum alongside a breakfast club and a wide range of after school clubs. We are part of Blackburn Children’s University which aims to raise the aspirations of all our children, giving them a vast range of opportunities to pursue their current interests or explore new ones.

Who to contact

Telephone
01254 54851
E-mail
office@sacredheart.blackburn.sch.uk
Website
www.sacredheartblackburn.co.uk/

Where to go

Address
Lynwood Road
Blackburn
Postcode
BB2 6HQ
This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Description

Our school is on four levels, with the lower ground and ground floors accessible by ramps. There is an accessible toilet on the lower ground floor.

Contact Name
Mr Nomaan Tariq (SENCO)
Contact Telephone
01254 54851
Contact Email
nomaan.tariq@sacredheart.blackburn.sch.uk
Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by, the school/setting?
  • Behaviour Support
  • Child & Family Health Service
  • Complex Needs Service
  • Educational Psychology
  • Inclusion support
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Paediatric disability home support service 
  • SEMA
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Early Support
  • Every Child a Reader
  • Fischer Family Trust and Boosting Reading Potential (reading programmes)
  • Language Development – TalkBoost
What training and experience have the staff supporting children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities had, or are having?

Staff have a wide range of expertise in supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities. A number of staff have attended awareness training for specific needs e.g. dyslexia and complex needs and we have a number of support staff who have received training for the Fischer Family Trust and Better Reading Partnership one to one reading programmes.

In maths, we have staff who have completed training in First Class@Number and Success@Arithmetic.

Many staff have completed training on providing a communication friendly environment, pre teaching vocabulary strategies for the introduction of new vocabulary and narrative programmes that give the children a structure for their oral and written language. Our very experienced team of support staff also deliver individual programmes provided by speech therapists. We have staff who deliver the TalkBoost programme, used to boost communication skills. We ensure that staff who are delivering phonics sessions are trained in this area.

School staff are also trained and experienced in the delivery of a number of programmes to develop fine and gross motor skills e.g. Write Dance.

Staff are experienced in delivering strategies and programmes provided by the Inclusion Support Service as well as the EALIP and Early Start EALIP programmes for children, often new to the country and at the very early stages of learning English.  

We have two staff who are trained to deliver the Moving On To High School (MOTHS) programme for children who may find the transition difficult. Staff can also run a number of social communication groups and social skills activities.

All staff have basic first aid training, some have completed the First Aid at Work qualification and others the Paediatric First Aid. Where a child has a specific medical condition, staff working with the child have appropriate training e.g. with diabetes. 

How do you know if my child/young person needs extra help?

We carefully track the progress of all children in school against their individual targets and hold pupil progress meetings every term. These involve detailed discussions between each class teacher, the headteacher and the SENCO about the progress and needs of all children. Class teachers use a range of assessment strategies as part of their everyday practice and any concerns raised by parents / carers are also included. At the pupil progress meetings, appropriate support strategies are planned and where concerns are raised, a range of screening tests may be completed by school staff. The school keeps a record of interventions completed on the provision map.

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

You know your child, and your views are very important, so if you are concerned in anyway about their progress or development, please talk to a member of staff at school. You may find it helpful to speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance. We do have bilingual staff available if you would find this useful. At Sacred Heart, we have an open door policy and if the member of staff you would like to speak to is unavailable, please make an appointment to see them. You can also discuss concerns with members of staff at the beginning and end of the school day.

How will staff support my child/young person?

Our staff will support your child in a wide variety of ways depending on their needs. Through the use of a range of assessment tools, staff will ensure that targets and work set is carefully matched to the needs of your child. We have a highly trained and experienced team of teaching assistants, overseen by the class teacher / SENCO.

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

Staff strive to ensure that the content of lessons is differentiated to meet the needs of the children, offering an appropriate level of challenge to children of different abilities. Staff use a range of different strategies and resources including ICT to support the needs of your child. Where more specific support is necessary, an intervention may be planned or advice from outside agencies may be sought. Any strategies and programmes received from these outside agencies will then be used to support your child in school.  

Our classrooms provide a language enriched environment and staff are trained in using supportive strategies including those for learning new vocabulary. Visual resources are used across the school.

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

Staff will use a range of teaching approaches depending on the specific needs and preferred learning styles of the children. We have a wide range of resources available to support these different strategies.

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

Staff use a range of assessment strategies ranging from day to day marking and observations to more formalised tests to determine how your child is getting on. This progress and development is then discussed with senior staff at pupil progress meetings.

There are three parent meetings arranged during the year, however, you are welcome to contact your child’s class teacher at any point during a term for an update on their progress or to discuss any concerns you may have. If you would find it useful to speak to a bilingual member of staff, just ask. You will receive a written report detailing your child’s progress and achievements in February and again in July.  

You will be invited to any SEN support and review meetings that are held about your child.

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

We offer a range of parent workshops throughout the year. These include phonics, maths, reading and how to help your child at home. Where appropriate, we are happy to offer one-to one sessions with parents of children who would benefit from specific strategies. If your child is taking part in a specific programme, you may be invited to observe a session in school. All Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 parents are invited to take part in Reading Wednesday once a month, providing you with ideas for sharing books with your child. Where parents raise concerns we may be able to offer support or advice on where support can be accessed.  

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

Your child’s overall wellbeing is very important to us and we provide a number of opportunities to develop this. We have a daily breakfast club, where your child can have breakfast and take part in activities ranging from arts and crafts to playing on the Nintendo Wii whilst interacting with their peers across the whole primary age range. We have a nurture group at lunchtimes, which is available for children who may be finding this less structured time of day challenging. Personal, social and health education lessons cover a range of topics from friendships and bullying to personal safety awareness. Your child will have regular circle time where issues are discussed and there are worry boxes in each classroom. Your child can approach any member of staff with a concern or issue they wish to discuss.

We are part of a cluster of schools who form Blackburn Children’s University. This aims to raise aspirations and reach out to communities so that higher education will become a more obvious route for young people. There are a wide range of exciting opportunities for your child including a variety of lunchtime and after school activities ranging from cookery to sports. There are also holiday and weekend activities, including trips where your child will be able to mix with children from the other cluster schools. The children can collect hours and be rewarded for their commitment with certificates and the opportunity to graduate.

Our children have many opportunities to take on positions of responsibility, for example, we have an active school council, with representatives from each class and prefects. 

We have regular contact with the Education Welfare Service and the Child and Family Health Service. We are able to make referrals to the Child and Family Support Panel if this is appropriate.

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

We are part of a cluster of schools who form Blackburn Children’s University. This aims to raise aspirations and reach out to communities so that higher education will become a more obvious route for young people. There are a wide range of exciting opportunities for your child including a variety of lunchtime and after school activities ranging from cookery to sports. There are also holiday and weekend activities, including trips where your child will be able to mix with children from the other cluster schools. The children can collect hours and be rewarded for their commitment with certificates and the opportunity to graduate.

All classes at Sacred Heart participate in school trips, in the past year these have included visits to The Houses of Parliament, Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, Blackpool Zoo, Ribchester Roman Museum, Wellybobs Farm and Blackbuurn Museum, along with regular visits to Corporation Park. Year 6 take part in a residential visit to Winmarleigh Hall during the autumn term. We also have strong links with Blackburn Rovers Football Club. During the past year we have also welcomed a number of visitors to school; these have included an author, a storyteller and an artist.

We have a specialist PE teacher who works in school for one day a week.

We will make you aware of any information we receive regarding activities that may benefit you and/or your child.

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

Before your child enters our Reception class, our staff will liaise closely with you and the pre-school setting they attend, if any. Your child will take part in a number of visits to school during the Summer Term. Our staff will visit you at home and also any pre-school setting attended by your child. If appropriate, they will also liaise with the Child and Family Health Service to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible.

As your child moves through our school, class teachers will discuss your child’s needs before they move to their new class. If your child has one-to-one support, this support may move to the new class with them.

We have close links with local high schools which enables us to ensure that your child has a smooth transition from Year 6 to Year 7. During the summer term, your child’s Year 6 teacher will discuss their needs with a member of staff from the high school. In addition to this, our SENCO will liaise closely with the SENCO at the high school. If appropriate we can arrange for your child to have extra visits to familiarise themselves with their new school. Within school, we also have members of staff who run Moving On To High School (MOTHS) groups. These deal with some of the worries and questions your child may have about their transition to high school.

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

Children who have special educational needs may be supported in a number of ways depending on their individual circumstances. Resources, including additional adult support, specific resources or teaching programmes, within school are allocated according to the needs of individual children or groups of children. This is done through discussions at pupil progress meetings and at Senior Leadership level. The SENCO and classroom based staff liaise closely to ensure that the children have access to the most suitable resources for their needs. Advice from outside agencies is sought if necessary. If new resources are needed they can be purchased through the Special Needs budget allocated in April each year.

If we feel that your child’s needs would be better met with additional funding, we again seek advice from outside agencies and can apply to a panel at the Local Authority who will decide whether this is the case. Any additional funding allocated through this process will be spent on resources and support to meet the needs of your child. If you have any questions about this process, please contact school.

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

Every child is unique; therefore their needs will be met in a variety of different ways. Our staff will work closely together, with yourself, your child and if appropriate outside agencies to ensure that their needs are met in the best way possible. The support / resources your child has access to can be flexible and will change as is necessary. This will be discussed at regular meetings during the year, but please feel free to ask a member of staff if you have any questions or suggestions. You know your child the best and we feel it is important that you are involved in decisions about the way they are supported.

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