Robin Hood Junior School
Address: Thorncroft Road, Sutton
Postcode: SM1 1RL
Contact: Karis Parker
Telephone: 020 8642 4292
Contact to discuss child needs
At Robin Hood Junior School we want to work closely with you as parents and carers and we encourage you to discuss any concerns you have about your child with us. The first person to contact is your child’s Class Teacher. They monitor the progress of your child and liaise with key staff about interventions needed to support them. Other staff who may be contacted include:
• The Year Group Leader, who has responsibility for the progress of all children with the year group and deals with concerns which cannot be dealt with by class teachers
• SENDCo: Mrs K Parker
• Head Teacher: Mrs E Broers
• SEND Governor: Mrs S Donald
• Teacher overseeing Looked After Children: Mrs E Rix
• Teacher responsible for Safeguarding and Child Protection: Mrs E Broers
Appointments to see individual staff can be made at the school office, Tel: 020 8642 4292
About the school
The school is a 3 form entry, Junior School catering for children in Year 3 – Year 6. We strive to provide the children with a broad, balanced curriculum and different experiences over their time at Robin Hood to ensure they are ready for the next step in their journey to adulthood.
The progress and achievement of all pupils is continually monitored by all relevant staff through on-going observation and assessment. Each term, children are teacher assessed against National Curriculum Standards.
Regular review meetings are held with senior staff to track progress towards outcomes and evaluate any interventions.
All children are discussed with senior teachers during pupil progress meetings.
Informing parents and carers
Parents and carers of all children, including those with SEND, are invited to meet with class teachers during the Autumn and Spring Terms to discuss progress. At the end of the year a written report is sent home. Appointments at other times can be made through the school office. If a class teacher has a concern, they will contact you directly to discuss.
Updates on progress
If a child is not making progress
If your child is not making progress the class teacher will discuss this with you at parents’ evening or will make an appointment to see you sooner if appropriate. If you are concerned about your child, we encourage you to discuss this with us at any time.
Additional support is provided for pupils via additional resources according to specific need after discussions with key staff, parents / carers, pupil and, where relevant, external agencies.
If your child continues to experience significant difficulty after appropriate support and intervention from outside agencies, they may be put forward for an assessment of their special educational needs. This will be through a request for an Education and Health Care Plan issued by the Local Authority.
All children follow the National Curriculum (2014). The School provides a stimulating topic based approach to learning.
Adapting for child needs
Teachers are skilled at adapting the curriculum to suit the individual needs of children. This may be by adapting the task or by adjusting the expected outcome. Different strategies or resources may also be used to meet the needs of individual children.
Teacher flexibility on child needs
Groups are organised carefully to maximize learning opportunities for all. These may include whole class, small groups of children of similar or mixed ability or children working individually.
Additional adults may be used to help groups or individuals. The aim of individual support is to facilitate independence. Support staff may work in class or withdraw children to take part in interventions. Support will be determined by individual need and may be short or long term.
We use a range of interventions according to children’s needs. These are reviewed regularly in line with children’s progress.
All children are encouraged to read regularly at home and at school.
Some children will receive additional support to develop their phonics, spelling or comprehension skills.
Targeted support in maths is available, dependent on need.
Meeting child needs
Your child’s progress will be monitored closely and will be discussed with you at parents’ evening, including any Special Educational Needs.
Access to exams
A range of access arrangements are available to remove barriers so that children can perform to the best of their ability in tasks in the classroom and in assessments. These may include:
• Additional time
• Rest breaks
• A scribe
• A reader
Children with medical needs or who experience marked anxiety will have adjustments made where possible, according to their individual needs.
Additional support or time for exams
You will be informed by your child’s class teacher or SENDCo
Comfort, safety and socialising
We value the emotional and social development of your child highly and seek to make all children feel safe and comfortable. There is a strong ethos of pastoral care including regular circle times, a weekly value e.g. creativity / resilience, and a range of supportive interventions e.g. Friends group.
All children follow the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum. Pupil surveys are carried out regularly and we aim to respond to any concerns raised by children. Staff are on duty at break time, lunchtime, before and after school. The school supports Young Carers through a lunchtime club and mentoring.
The school has secure exits monitored by CCTV.
All staff regularly receive training on safeguarding.
Developing social & emotional skills
In addition to the support offered to all, some children will benefit from:
• Mentoring activities by an adult or peer. We have staff trained in supporting the emotional wellbeing of children
• Groups to develop social skills or enhance self-esteem
• Access to specialist support, e.g. CAMHs, Autism Support Team, Behaviour Support Team, Child Mental Health worker, Art Therapist
• Home / School Liaison through homework diaries
• Visual timetables and visual cues
• Lunchtime and after school clubs e.g. breakfast club, football, cookery. These clubs vary each term and details can be obtained from the school office, the school website and through newsletters
Early Help Support in the Community (Tier 2)
In addition to support offered in school (see Social and Emotional Support) we are able to signpost families to other help in the community such as parents’ workshops and specific programmes for children when available.
We take issues of bullying very seriously and encourage children and parents to discuss any issues with us.
There is additional monitoring for pupils with SEND. See Promoting Good Behaviour and Preventing Bullying Policy.
A number of classrooms are at ground level. Year groups are assigned to rooms so that any children who have difficulty climbing stairs will be in the ground floor. Staircases have rails.
All areas on the ground floor are accessible by wheelchair with ramps in place where necessary.
Where possible and with advice from other professionals, we seek to ensure that children with sensory needs are planned for, for example the use of sound field systems.
Reasonable adjustments will be made where appropriate, following advice.
Assistive technology will be used where appropriate.
We comply with duties under the Equality Act 2010.
Your child’s needs will be discussed with you regularly and if there are any difficulties in accessing lessons, both you and they will be consulted.
Who we work with
At Robin Hood Junior School we work with a wide range of outside agencies. These include:
• Previous schools a child has attended
• Educational Psychology Service
• Sensory Impairment Service
• Autism Service
• Special Educational Needs Team
• Occupational Therapy & School Nurse
• Speech and Language Therapy
• Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
• Social Care Team
• Voluntary and charitable services
A referral will be subject to meeting the referral criteria for that service. Information about services which may be accessed directly by parents can be found on the Local Authority ‘Local Offer’ website: http://localoffer.sutton.gov.uk/suttonlo/
Working with other agencies
Dependent on a child’s area of need, we may seek the advice of other professionals, either for assessment or for direct work with pupils and / or families. Some agencies offer training to staff.
Informing parents and carers
We will always discuss a referral with parents and carers. The referral will be made by the SENDCo or other senior teacher, in discussion with the class teacher.
Helping your child settle with confidence
Transition into a new environment can be a stressful time for all children and we seek to make that as smooth and enjoyable as possible by preparing them in advance. Some children need more support than others and we seek to help them in the following ways:
Starting school in Y3:
In addition to the programme of visits arranged for all children, vulnerable children will have an additional visit to look around the school in a small group, accompanied by a member of staff from Robin Hood Infants. You may also wish to make an individual appointment to meet with the SENDCo to discuss your child’s needs. The SENDCo will meet with the SENDCo from the Infant School to discuss the children on the SEN register.
If your child has a statement or EHCP, the Local Authority will make a copy available to us prior to your child starting school. If an annual statement review is held in the Summer Term, the Infant School may invite the SENDCo to attend.
Transferring to Secondary School:
The SENDCo will liaise with the new Secondary School during the Summer Term of Y6 at a secondary transfer meeting. Additional visits will be arranged for children who may find starting a new school challenging. Small group work focusing on transferring to a new school may be offered during the Summer Term of Y6 if appropriate.
Moving between year groups:
All children get the opportunity to meet their new class teacher before the end of the Summer Term. Where children are anxious about change, a book may be made with the child, containing information and pictures about the next school or class. This can then be taken home and looked at during the school holidays.
Where a pupil transfers from or to a new school during an academic year, every effort will be made to make sure that information is exchanged between settings and the child is helped to settle in.
Extended School Day
We operate a breakfast club each day from 7.30am, staffed by our Teaching Assistants.
We have an After School Club, run by Sutton Play Service. Children can be collected up to 5.45pm from Robin Hood Junior School. After this, they are walked across to Robin Hood Infant School and can be collected from there up to 6pm.
Lunchtime and after school clubs include football, cookery and art. They vary each term and details can be obtained through the school office and through newsletters.