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At Paddock Junior, Infant and Nursery School we are committed to the inclusion of all pupils. Every individual is valued and their achievement celebrated. We support the entitlement of all pupils to a broad and balanced curriculum. Each pupil is helped to achieve their maximum potential by identifying and meeting their needs and by overcoming potential barriers to learning.

We recognises as stated in the Special Educational Needs (SEND) 0-25 Code of Practice that:

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:

  • has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
  • 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.

Children and young people with SEND have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children and young people of the same age. These children and young people may need extra or different help from that given to others.

Many children and young people will have Special Educational Needs or Disability of some kind at some time during their education. Paddock JIN School can help to support pupils to succeed, in communication and working alongside parents/carers. This support can include learning mentor intervention, short withdrawal and Teaching Assistant support, small group work, intervention in English and Mathematics. Children and young people with SEND may need extra help because of a range of needs. Paragraphs 6.27 – 6.35 of the 0-25 SEND Code of Practice outlines four areas of SEND need:

Communicating and interaction

Communication and interaction may mean that children and young people have speech, language and communication difficulties which make it difficult for them to make sense of language or to understand how to communicate with others, this can also include Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

Cognition and learning

Children and young people with cognition and learning difficulties may have barriers to learning which impact on their understanding of the curriculum, this can also lead to difficulties with organisation and memory skills, or have a specific difficulty affecting one particular part of their learning, such as in difficulties with literacy, numeracy and motor skills.

Social, emotional, and mental health difficulties

This may lead children and young people to having difficulty in managing their relationships with other people, may cause difficulty with regulating emotions and lead to lack of motivation, focus and challenging behaviour. Children and young people with this difficulty may become withdrawn or isolated and it can affect their health and wellbeing.

Sensory and/or physical needs

Children and young people with visual and/or hearing impairments, or a physical need may need ongoing support and additional resources or equipment. Some children and young people may have needs in more than one of these areas.


Many children and young people who have SEND may also have a disability. A disability is described in law (the Equality Act 2010) as ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term (a year or more) and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’ This includes, for example, sensory impairments such as those that affect sight and hearing, and long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy.
The Equality Act requires schools:

  • must not directly or indirectly discriminate against, harass or victimise disabled children and young people
  • must make reasonable adjustments

SEND at Paddock Junior, Infant and Nursery School

Kirklees Local Offer

Click on the link for information about the support and services available for children and young people aged 0-25 who have special educational needs and disabilities and their families.  Includes details about education, learning and childcare;  community groups and activities;  health, wellbeing and social care.


SEND Admissions

Paddock JIN School prides itself on it's inclusive ethos and welcomes children with SEND. Parents are encouraged to talk about their child's special educational needs on admission. This ensures that school staff can plan personalised transition for those children who may require additional support.

We are always pleased to meet new parents in person and show them around. Please telephone the school to make arrangements, or write or call in – ask for Ms Harvey, our SENCo, who will be happy to meet with you in the first instance so that we can do everything reasonably possible to meet your child's specific needs.

Our SENCO will liaise with previous schools to make sure that information about your child's needs and the provsion required is accessed before your child's first day at our school. This is helps us to make sure that staff know your child's needs well and can fully support them during their transition to a new school.

Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan will have a detailed transition programme prior to their admission.

How to apply for a place at Paddock JIN School

Children with an EHCP –  in Kirklees the SENDACT Team have responsibility for consulting with school about the admission of children with an EHCP. You can find their contact details below;

  • SENDACT (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Assessment and Commissioning Team)
  • Phone:01484 456888
  • Email:SENACT@kirklees.gov.uk


Key staff

Acting SENDCo/ Inlcusion Leader- Mrs S Norris/ Miss J Gallagher

Learning Mentor- Mrs H Kermani

Please contact the school office if you would like to speak to these members of staff. 

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