Our school aims to be an inclusive school. This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for our children. We make this a reality through the attention we pay to the different groups of children and individuals within our school.

We have a dedicated SENCO Mrs Liz O'Brien who can be contacted by the school phone number 015242 21538.

We aim to provide appropriate teaching which makes learning challenging and enjoyable. Our objectives are to:

· Ensure implementation of government and LEA inclusion recommendations;

· Ensure the school’s inclusion policy is implemented consistently;

· Identify barriers to learning;

· Provide appropriate resources and meet diversity of needs;

· Provide an appropriately differentiated curriculum;

· Support staff, parents and pupils;

· Recognise and value pupils’ achievements.

The National Curriculum is our starting point for planning a curriculum that meets the specific needs of individuals and groups of children. We do this through:

· setting suitable learning challenges;

· responding to children’s diverse learning needs;

· overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of pupils;

· providing other curricular opportunities outside the National Curriculum to meet the needs of individuals or groups of children. (This includes speech and language therapy and mobility training.)


We achieve educational inclusion by continually reviewing what we do, through asking ourselves these key questions:

· do all our children achieve as much as they can?

· are there differences in the achievement of different groups of children?

· what are we doing for those children who we know are not achieving their best?

· are our actions effective?


Admission procedures for pupils with Special Educational needs

Melling St Wilfrid CE Primary is an inclusive school and aims to meet the needs of all pupils applying for a school place. We will work closely with parents and professionals to ensure that a pupils' needs are being met.

Arrangements for admission have been agreed following consultation between the governing body, the Diocesan Board of Education, Local Authorities and other admissions authorities in the area. Professional supporting evidence from a professional, e.g. a doctor, psychologist, social worker, is essential if admission is to be made under the criterion for special medical or social circumstances, and such evidence must set out the particular reasons why Melling St Wilfird CE Primary School is the most suitable school and the difficulties which would be caused if the child had to attend another school.

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Able, Gifted and Talented Policy

The needs of Able, Gifted and Talented pupils are acknowledged as part of our overall Inclusion Policy. We recognise the importance of identifying a wide range of abilities and talents, and of providing opportunities to nurture these.

At Melling School we use the general term “most able” to refer to pupils who demonstrate or have the potential to work at a level above their peers. This may be in one or more areas.

Specifically, “gifted” pupils are those who have ability in academic subjects e.g. maths. Children may have ability within one or more areas of the curriculum but not necessarily in all. They have the potential to achieve at a higher level than the majority of their peers in academic subjects.

“Talented” pupils will have ability in the areas of music, art or sport.

Termly review meetings by teachers and the headteacher, allow us to evaluate pupil progress and the impact of provision we provide.


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Contact the School

Melling St Wilfrid CE Primary School

Lodge Lane

Main Contact: Mrs. Fiona Ip

Tel: 015242 21538