The Limes College

Address: Sutton West Site, Robin Hood Lane, Sutto

Postcode: SM1 2SD

Contact: Rachael Carvill - SENDCo

Telephone:  02086521150



Contact to discuss child needs

The school aims to meet the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) of all our students as defined in our SEN policy. If you are concerned about your child’s learning or progress, you can contact their form tutor, family outreach worker or head of key stage. If you have additional concerns please contact the SENCo directly.

About the school

We are a large Pupil Referral Unit offering educational provision to children from Year 1 to Year 11 who have been permanently excluded from mainstream school. We offer Outreach Support to mainstream schools across the key stages as well as Turnaround Projects for key stage 2, 3 and 4 for children who are at risk of exclusion. In Key Stage 3 we also run a trauma informed nurture group. We also have our BOOST provision for students in Key Stage 4 who meet criteria for an EHCP needs assessment or already have an EHCP. In Key Stage 4 we offer a dual registration vocational program for those that may be at risk of exclusion. 

Assessing children

We conduct baseline assessment in literacy and numeracy for all new students in order to identify any additional learning needs that may require support.
Teachers monitor and assess student progress using information to respond to individual needs. Termly assessments, Team Around the Child meetings and action planning meetings help to assess the progress our students are making.
Use of the LBS Graduated Response. This helps to determine the type and severity of need and provide support at different levels of need.
For students with an EHCP and those receiving significant amounts of intervention an action plan is written and reviewed termly.


Informing parents and carers

Every week, form tutors will make contact with home to discuss progress, achievement and any behavour issues.
Those families who have family outreach support will also have regular contact with their key worker.
We welcome contact from parents and carers who have any concerns about their child and members of staff can offer advice on how to support your child at home.
Assessment reports are also sent home twice a year. 
We also hold termly Team Around the Child meetings with all relevant professionals involved.

Updates on progress

As well as weekly contact, we have a number of opportunities for parents and carers to come into school to discuss progress or any concerns throughout the year. We hold a yearly Showcase Day, where parents and carers can come into school to view their child’s work, and discuss curriculum progress with teachers.
If we have any serious concerns about your child’s progress, you will be contacted by the relevant teacher, head of key stage or by the SENCo.


If a child is not making progress

If we feel your child is not making expected progress you will be contacted by the subject teacher or form tutor in the first instance. If after a period of careful monitoring we feel that your child is still not making expected progress over time, you will be contacted by the SENCo who will use the graduated approach of Assess, Plan, Do, Review to try to meet the student’s needs. The SENCo will seek additional professional advice if it is felt necessary.


Although we are not required to follow the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1, 2 and 3, we do where possible in order to support transition back into mainstream schools. We offer a variety of GCSEs, BTEC and vocational courses for key stage 4. We also use a range of quality alternative provision to deliver vocational qualifications for our key stage 4 students on individualised programmes. 

Adapting for child needs

A broad and balanced curriculum is offered across all the key stages, with a flexible and tailored approach for many of our students.
Within the school we have two additional SEN provisions, these are for children who already have an EHCP or are going through assessments.

Teacher flexibility on child needs

We have a number of LSAs working across the key stages, all are trained in SEND and have a number of specialisms. Our LSAs work closely with teachers to ensure full differentiation of lessons so students can access and complete work independently.
All students have a Student Passport and Student Action Plan from which staff can gain information on the student’s individual needs. This information helps teachers to plan lessons which ensures progress for all students.
In addition, external agencies regularly deliver staff training, to ensure staff are making appropriate and reasonable adjustments to maximize the learning of all students.

Additional support

The first stage of support for all students is through high quality teaching and the use of differentiation strategies within the classroom using information from the Student Passports and Student Support Plans.
We provide targeted interventions to support a student’s needs this may include seeking assessment, advice and guidance from other professionals such as speech and language therapists.
Targeted support at The Limes includes:
• Educational Psychologist
• Speech and Language Support
• Creative Arts Therapy
• Draw and Talk 
• Family Outreach support such as      parenting workshop
• Social Skills groups
• Small targeted group support for vulnerable students

Learning strategies

Each student has a Student Passport and Student Support Plan which outlines the best strategies to support students learning. All staff are kept updated with this information and where relevant staff will be trained to meet individual need.

Meeting child needs

Decisions about how to meet your child’s needs will always be discussed with you. Permission is always sort and obtained before any intervention is put into place.

Access to exams

Access arrangements are special arrangements to ensure a student is not disadvantaged in an exam. In order to be eligible for access arrangements there needs to be a clear history of need which can be evidenced. Access arrangements are inline and compliant with JCQ regulations.
If we feel it is necessary we will seek access arrangements to ensure your child is given fair access to all external examinations and assessments.

Additional support or time for exams

If your child is eligible for access arrangements you will be informed in writing.

Access arrangements

If your child is eligible for access arrangements you will be informed by letter

Comfort, safety and socialising

The Limes College has a strong ethos of pastoral care which we feel is highlighted through our tutor system and family outreach team.
We have a high staff to student ratio and our ethos is built of forging strong relationships between staff and students so they feel they can be open if they do not feel comfortable or safe whilst at school.
We have a zero tolerance on bullying and try wherever possible to resolve issues through a restorative process.

Social and emotional skills

Family outreach workers liaise with the family and student and offer a wide range of mentoring support either as part of a group or as part of a personalized programme. Outreach staff can offer support and advice to families who are under stress for a variety of reasons, such as relationship issues, communication between family members or more practical things such as housing and money problems. The Outreach staff will listen and make an assessment of the situation, then work with the family to agree goals together the other all aim being to build on the families’ strengths, to keep children safe and to develop their potential.
The outreach team can also signpost to other services and liaise with Early Help, Social Services or CAHMS if necessary.
Groups run by the Outreach Team include: 
Becoming a Man
Violet Group
Rae Project
Debate clubs 
EAL Group

Tier 2 / Early Help Support in the Community

We offer a range of SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental health) support including speech and language therapists and play therapists.
In addition, we offer ELSA, Draw and Talk, parent groups and a wide range of workshops on topics such as self-esteem, managing emotions, sexual health, keeping safe and healthy relationships.
We have a team of Family Outreach workers who support our most vulnerable families.


We take a zero tolerance stance towards bullying. This is fully covered in our Behaviour Policy. Wherever possible we use a Restorative Justice approach to resolving any bullying issues but will also use our sanctions ladder and if necessary involve our police liaison team.

Disability support

We have an accessibility Policy detailing this information on our website. We have the use of ramps and a lift to access the building and the first floor.

Accessing lessons

Our students are all baseline tested on entry and all lessons are differentiated accordingly. All SEN are taken into account in the planning and delivery of our lessons.

Who we work with

The school works with a number of agencies from the education, health and social care and community sectors in the London Borough of Sutton and other neighbouring boroughs including:
• Educational Psychology Services
• Cognus
• Occupational Therapy
• School Nurse
• Youth Offending Team
• SEND Team
• Social Care
• Voluntary Sector
• Police / Safer Neighbourhood Team and school liaison officers
• Early Help
• Jigsaw 4 U
• Transition Workers
• Integrated Youth Services
Attendance Service

Other agencies

The Limes has a close working relationship with a variety of agencies to ensure that student’s needs are met appropriately.

Informing parents and carers

Parents and carers are kept informed and consent is sort in most cases before a referral is made to an external service.

Helping your child settle with confidence

Tutors and family outreach workers will support your child in settling into the school and the heads of Key Stage will support their transition between year groups and key stages.

Extended School Day

We offer breakfast clubs to all students. We also offer twilight lessons to all KS4 students to help them achieve to the best of their abilities.


Policies can be found here


October 2021