Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Special and Additional Needs

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

At Kippax Ash Tree Primary School, inclusion is at the heart of everything we do. We work closely with our children, families and also a wide range of professionals, listening to every voice to ensure the best possible educational outcomes for all children. Early identification of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) means that children are provided with additional support and intervention, adapted resources and provision and are fully supported from the earliest possible point in their education.

Swimming Data 2022/23

Non Swimmers

Can Swim

Can swim front and back 25m

10/42 = 24%
11/42 = 26%
21 / 42 = 50%

Provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

All children at Kippax Ash Tree will have access to an exciting, flexible, broad and balanced curriculum which is adapted to challenge and meet their individual needs. We follow the graduated approach of ‘assess, plan, do, review’ for every child identified as having additional needs in our school and make informed choices about appropriate provision.  Staff use a range of strategies and resources to ensure classroom activities and tasks can be undertaken at different levels and in different ways to meet pupils' individual needs, providing a sense of achievement and high self-esteem. 

Teachers are responsible and accountable for the progress and development of all the children in their class; high quality first teaching is our first step to support all children. Staff are advised by the SENDCo and teaching and resources are adapted for individual pupils. Where appropriate, we provide additional intervention and provision and we aim to identify pupils requiring this type of provision at the earliest opportunity. Provision and pupil progress are reviewed regularly by staff, parents/carers and pupils.

Children with additional needs are encouraged to take part in every aspect of school life, including extra-curricular activities such as sports, educational visits, school concerts and productions.

School has an identified budget for SEND. Decisions about the notional SEN budget are made in consultation with the governing body and reflect a priority of need. For children identified with a high level of need, further applications for Top Up funding (FFI) are completed by the SENDCo.

Inclusion Team

All SEND provision in school is closely monitored, reviewed and evaluated by the Senior Leadership Team who report to the Local School Governing Body on how individual needs are being met.

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator (SENDCo) at our school is Mrs Johnson and you can contact her via her email: rollsk01@brigshawtrust.com.

Mrs K Johnson our SENCO.

If you have concerns regarding your child’s progress or well-being at school these can be discussed with their class teacher or deputy headteachers. You may also wish to contact our SENCO Mrs Kimberley Johnson either via the email address above, through Class Dojo or over the telephone. Arrangements will be made for a meeting where the school will listen carefully to concerns and put appropriate actions in place. This may involve referring to external agencies and professionals.

Speech and Language Support

At Kippax Ash Tree we work with The Yorkshire Speechie Limited. They are a small team of Paediatric Speech and Language Therapists based in West Yorkshire, currently providing school-based assessment, intervention and staff training across Leeds, Kirklees and Wakefield. The Yorkshire Speechie work closely with school SENCos, teaching staff, families and other professionals to ensure that the young person receives a high standard of care that supports the child's overall quality of life.

Rachel (our Speech and Language Therapist) holds Masters degrees in Speech & Language Therapy and Psychology, and further training in Counselling Skills, using her breadth of knowledge in these areas to support children with a range of Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). Rachel has completed SCERTS framework training and supports a Neurodiversity affirming approach. She has extensive experience of supporting 0-11 year olds with Autism, DLD and Speech sound disorders.


Our school is accessible for pupils with physical disabilities and complex medical needs as our site has full disabled access and a fully equipped Care Suite which has specialist resources and facilities to meet a range of needs. We support children with SEND to access their learning and school life in an inclusive mainstream environment, alongside their peers, whilst also being able to access additional resources to support their specific needs.  Incompliance with DDA requirements and our Trust and school policies, every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate the needs of disabled children, staff and visitors; we regularly review our Accessibility Plan and provision.

In addition to the support we provide in school we work in partnership with many different agencies and professionals. We strongly believe in the importance of early intervention and support, we work seamlessly with nurseries and other providers to get the right support in place as early as possible.

We work closely with Leeds Children’s Services and other agencies to ensure we meet the needs of all our children. The Leeds Local Offer provides more information about the services provided.