Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

At Thorndown Primary School we believe in an inclusive environment with children at the center of everything we do. Our aim is to raise the aspirations of, and expectations for all pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

As SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-Ordinator) it is my role to work with children, parents, staff and sometimes outside specialist agencies, to ensure every child is given the opportunities to thrive and reach their full potential. We believe communication is key and we follow a person-centered approach, with early identification viewed as crucial. As parents and carers, you know your child better than anyone and we want to always work in partnership with you.

As a school, we know that every child at Thorndown receives high quality teaching to support their progress, but also recognise sometimes children need a different approach; a new resource or a carefully developed intervention, to help them over come barriers to learning. At Thorndown we pride ourselves on our flexibility, ability to adapt teaching to support children and staff who have a desire undertake professional development.

For further information about how we identify, plan for and support children with SEND, please look at our school Information Report, by following the link below.

SEND Information Report for Thorndown Primary School 

This has been created in response to the Local Authority offer, which is now called the SEND Information Hub.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to getting to know you and your family.

Lucy Hamilton
Assistant Head and SENDCo


Forest Sessions

Each week we have fun at our Forest Sessions. Our Forest Sessions focus on play, exploration and supported risk-taking. The children develop their problem-solving skills and are encouraged to learn through hands-on experiences. Being outdoors relieves stress and anxiety and helps to develop social skills. It is also a fantastic opportunity for physical development through climbing trees and swinging on our log swing. It is wonderful to see our children’s confidence and self-esteem flourish as a result of these sessions.



Summer 2023 SEND Newsletter

September 2022 SEND and Pastoral Care

October 2022 SEND and Pastoral Care

November SEND and Pastoral Care

December 2022 SEND and Pastoral Care

January 2023 SEND and Pastoral Care

February 2023 SEND and Pastoral Care

2021- 2022 Newsletters

January SEND and Pastoral Care

February SEND and Pastoral Care

March SEND and Pastoral Care

April SEND and Pastoral Care

May SEND and Pastoral Care

June SEND and Pastoral Care

July SEND and Pastoral Care

Makaton – Sign of the Month ♥

As a school we are learning Makaton. Makaton is a language programme, using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech.

This term we are learning to say, ‘hot’ and ‘cold’



Previous signs ♥


Links to Information for Parents ♥
Glossary – Glossary of acronyms and abbreviations

Policy – Thorndown Primary School SEND Policy

Local Offer – Information from Cambridgeshire Local Authority support children with SEND

SENDIASS – SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) offers impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers who have a child or young person with special educational needs (SEN) or a disability or have concerns that their child has special educational needs. 


PinpointPinpoint Cambridgeshire is run for parents – by parents. They give help and information to parent/carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs and disabilities, and give parent/carers opportunities to have a say and get involved in improving local services.