Glemsford Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 2PN

01449 613112

Combs Ford Primary School

Welcome to Combs Ford Primary School

How We Support Children with Special Educational Needs And/Or Disabilities (SEND)

We are an inclusive school that welcomes children from all backgrounds and abilities.  The level of ability of a child or any special needs and disabilities that s/he may have plays no part in the admissions policy of this school.  Combs Ford Community Primary School is part of the Children’s Endeavour Trust Academy and therefore follows the Trust's Admissions Policy and arrangements. Please click here to go to our Admissions page. 

All children, regardless of SEND, are treated equally. Please click here to find our Behaviour Policy.

Our school follows the Code of Practice (legal guidance) for children who have SEND.

All classes in school are of mixed ability and teachers provide work that is specially designed to match the ability of each group. They do this using a variety of materials and classroom support.

If a child has SEND, parents will be informed that their child is being registered on the Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities register. These children will have a Support Plan, which is reviewed with parents and children at least termly.

For a small proportion of children, the school may need to involve and use the advice of outside agencies e.g. Educational Psychologists. Parents will always be informed of this in advance so that they have the opportunity to ask questions and raise any concerns.

For our school SEND Policy please click here.

Miss Helen Fuller is the school SEND coordinator (SENCo). She has release time throughout the week to help support children on the SEND Register, parents and staff.  

What is Special Educational Needs?

Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them, which is additional to and different from the provision our well-differentiated curriculum offers all pupils in school (as defined by the SEN Code of Practice 2015).

Children have a learning difficulty if they:

(a) have a significantly greater difficulty learning than the majority of children of the same age: or

(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local authority.

There are four broad areas of SEND:

  1. Communication and Interaction - A child may have a difficulty, delay or disorder in one or more of the following areas: saying what they want to; understanding what is said to them; maintaining attention; or they may not understand and use social rules of communication. This area of need includes pupils on the Autistic Spectrum.
  2. Cognition and Learning - A child may have a significant difficulty, delay or disorder affecting the skills needed for effective learning. This area of need includes pupils with moderate and severe learning difficulties, and specific difficulties such as dyslexia. 
  3. Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties - A child may have difficulties with their social and emotional development which may include anxiety, attachment disorders, depression or issues with self-image etc. This area of need includes pupils with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Attention Deficit Disorder.
  4. Sensory and/or Physical - A child may have a medical or genetic condition that could impair their access to the curriculum without adaptation or consideration. This area of need includes pupils with vision or hearing impairments and physical disabilities.  

 What is a Disability?

A disability is described in law (Equality Act 2010) as ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term (a year or more) and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’ This includes, for example, sensory impairments such as those that affect sight and hearing, and long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy.

The Local Authority Local Offer

  • Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.
  • The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.

Click on the link below to look at Suffolk's Local Offer

Click here to read their SEND Support factsheet. 

To help children, young people and their families find support to match their needs Suffolk have developed a new tool that improves the search option on the Local Offer website. The SEND Support Wheel provides an easier way to find information and advice to assist children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities. 

There is guidance on using the wheel, if required. Click here to access it. 


Inclusion Newsletters

We produce newsletters sharing information about SEND in our school and some resources available in the local area. Click on the links below to read them.


Autumn Term 2015                                      Autumn Term 2019

SEND Reforms - Guidance for Parents            Summer Term 2020

Spring Term 2016                                        County Inclusive Support Services Guide to Transition

Summer Term 2016                                     Summer Activity Booklet

Autumn Term 2016                                       Summer Activity poster and certificates

Spring Term 2017                                        Emotions during Lockdown 

Summer Term 2017                                      A to Z of Wellbeing after lockdown

Autumn Term 2017                                       Wellbeing Questionnaire

Spring Term 2018                                        Spring Term 2021

Summer Term 2018                                     Summer Term 2021

Autumn Term 2018

Spring Term 2019

Summer Term 2019


Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme) Course

Triple P allows parents/caregivers to choose techniques that work best for them and their families. It gives parents proven tips and suggestions about handling common behavioural and developmental issues in their children. Triple P involves emphasising positive communication, and planning ahead to prevent a range of issues. The courses are all free of charge and have had very positive feedback from parents who have attended. 


Triple P Parenting Programme.

This allows parents to choose techniques that work best for them and their families. It is a seven week course to introduce parents to positive parenting strategies, influences on children's behaviour , how to develop good relationships, encouraging behaviour you want and ways of managing misbehaviour by planning ahead.

See Parenting Programme website for further details. 

Triple P Stepping Stones

For families with children who have additional needs.

See Parenting Programme website for further details. 

Family Transitions Triple P

This is for parents who are divorced or separated with children and/or teenagers. Please see attached flyer for more information. 

Strengthening Families Programme

This is for parents/carers and young people aged 10-14 years. This is a free 7 week programme that supports families in strengthening their relationships with each other. Parents and young people meet in separate groups for the first hour, have a buffet tea, and then come together in the second hour for a family session.


Click here for the Suffolk Parenting Programmes webpage. 

Click here for Suffolk Parent Hub Newsletters.

Click here for a description of the Parenting Programmes available. 

If you are interested in taking part in any of these courses please contact Naomi Hunnibell (Area Parenting Coordinator) on 07713 094516 or email


Parents And Carers Together (PACT)

There is a local support group for parents and carers of children and young people with mental health issues. They have meetups wherever and whenever required. It is free to attend, very informal and there will be refreshments available. Please see the attached flyer for more details and contact information. Click here to go to their web page giving the date, time and venue for their next meeting. 

Suffolk Parent Hub

This is a single point for Suffolk parents or carers to find parenting advice and support to help their child's development. Click here to take you to the website where you will find more information to signpost you to support available. 


SEN Information Report 

Schools are required to publish information about what they offer within the school. This should help you understand how we can support your child if they have Special Education Needs and/or a Disability. If you cannot find the answers to the questions that you have or you would rather discuss them face-to-face, please do get in touch with us.

These pages were last reviewed July 2022.


Please click on the 13 questions below for more information about what we can offer you and how we can support your child.  


 Question 1

 Who are the best people to talk to about my child's difficulties with learning/Special Educational Needs or Disability? Click Here for Answer...


Question 2

 How will the school measure the progress of my child in school?  Click Here for Answer...


 Question 3

 How will the school let me know if they have any concerns about my child's learning? How can I let the school know that I am concerned about my child's progress?  Click Here for Answer...


 Question 4

 How is a child identified as having Special Educational Needs?  Click Here for Answer...


 Question 5

 What are the different types of support available for children with SEND?  Click Here for Answer...


 Question 6

 How is extra support allocated to children, and how do they progress in their learning?  Click here for Answer...


 Question 7

 How do you look after the wellbeing of the children in the school?  Click Here for Answer...


 Question 8

Who are the other people providing services to children with SEND?  Click Here for Answer...


 Question 9

 How are the staff helped to work with children with SEND?  Click Here for Answer... 


 Question 10

 What support do you have for parents of a child with SEND?  Click Here for Answer...


 Question 11

 How will you support children when they are joining school? Leaving school? Moving to a new class? Click Here for Answer...


 Question 12

 How is Combs Ford Primary School accessible to children with SEND?  Click Here for Answer...


 Question 13

 Are there any helpful websites that could provide more information on SEND? Click Here for Answer...