Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities at Park Hall Academy. A future full of possibilities for all.


Our Special Educational Needs Teams Consists of:
Mrs V. Bunn — Leader for Inclusion (SENCO).
Mrs J. James — Early Years and Early Interventions Leader.
Miss Kirsty Hoddy - Extended Home School Link Worker


What do our parents say?

"My son has had amazing support. We are so proud of how he is developing and really trying things he never would before." (Nursery Parent)

"I am very happy and comfortable with all that is in place for my daughter. This has been a good year for her within a school that she loves and enjoys being part of." (Year 4 Parent)

"I feel that Mrs Bunn has involved me as much as possible and has put everything in place that she could for my son whilst at Park Hall, giving us all the support we have needed." (Year 6 Parent)

Park Hall Academy is a caring, inclusive school at the heart of our community. Our aim is to promote excellence in teaching and enjoyment in learning as the foundation for success in life through an exciting and engaging rich curriculum which meets the needs of all children. We believe that each child is unique and individual and endeavour to personalise learning. Children should enjoy reaching their goals and have pride in and celebrate their achievements. We have the highest aspirations for all children and work in partnership with our children, their families and a wide range of professionals to ensure that all of our children's needs are met. Our mission statement, “Continuing the Learning Journey Together” reflects our belief that working in partnership with our families is important to us and that we recognise that learning is a lifelong process.

Quality first teaching is vital; however for some children there are occasions where additional support may be required to help them along their learning journey. We are passionate about ensuring that all children with Special Educational Needs see themselves as successful learners.

We believe that we make a difference by creating a safe and stimulating environment where our children and families feel happy and secure. We want every child to be able to engage actively in learning and so able to reach their full potential in all areas of school life knowing that they are cared for and supported. We believe that children's well-being is at the centre of our life in school and is the key to raising academic success.

Above all, we aim to develop and foster a love of lifelong learning, children who are confident, reflective and resilient and recognise that each individual is special and important. We endeavour to ensure that all of our children have the highest aspirations for themselves and each other and who have a sound knowledge of their own value and purpose in the world. We are passionate about developing children and young people who are able to think creatively and with independence and so see the future as full of possibilities.


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Park Hall Extended Local Offer

12. How are the setting’s resources allocated and matched to children’s/ young people’s special educational needs?

Below is a glossary of the most common SEN terms:

ADD Attention Deficit Disorder

ADH Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder

ASD Autistic Spectrum Disorder

BESD Behavioural Emotional & Social Difficulties

CAF Common Assessment Framework

CAMHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service

COP Code of Practice

CP Child Protection

DCD Developmental Co-ordination Disorder

EAL English as an Additional Language

EP Educational Psychologist

FSM Free School Meals

FLO Family Liaison Officer