SEN Information - Gray's Farm Primary Academy

SEN Information


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Gray's Farm Primary Academy, Gray's Farm Road, Orpington, BR5 3AD

020 8300 5283

Useful External ContactsBromleylocaloffer

Please find Bromley's Local Offer HERE

Please find informaIasstion on the The Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) HERE

IASS offers free, impartial information, advice and support in confidence for 

  • Children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities age 0 to 25. 

  • BromleyparentvoiceParents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 

  • All Bromley residents (regardless of SEND) around transitions from pre-school to primary school and onto secondary school. 

Please find information on the Bromley Parent Voice HERE

Identifying Special Educational Needs

Specialneeds2The learning of all pupils is assessed regularly and where pupils are not making the expected levels of progress a plan identifying desired outcomes is put in place and support is identified. You will be kept informed of this. The plan is then implemented the teacher and reviewed on a regular basis. The plan is then refined to ensure the pupil makes the expected level of progress.

Types of Special Needs identified at Grays Farm Primary Academy come under four categories. These are: Cognition and Learning, Communication and Interaction, Emotional, Social and Mental and Sensory and Physical. We cater for children with a variety of needs including:

  • Specific learning difficulties 

  • Moderate learning difficulties

  • Speech, language and communication difficulties 

  • Autism Spectrum Conditions

  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties

  • Vision impairment

  • Hearing impairment

The teachers work closely with the SEN team to meet the needs of individual pupils and staff receive regular training on specific educational needs.

For children with Education Health and Care plans and Pupil Resource Agreements this process is supported by regular more formal meetings. 

Children with SEN/Ds may have involvement with the following professionals, who school will work closely alongside:

  • Educational Psychologist

  • Speech and Language Therapist

  • Occupational Therapist

  • Bromley Wellbeing

We also welcome your contributions, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Involving pupils and parents/carers in planning support

ParentseveningTwice a year there are set parent’s evenings. The SENCO will be available during these times.

Please keep an eye on the school calendar for SENCO led coffee mornings and workshops, including the opportunities to meet other parents with children with SEN/Ds. 

You can make appointments with class teachers, SENCO, assistant SENCO and the headteacher upon request at any time of year.

We can also provide more individualized regular contact such as emails or home-school contact books where needed.

Support and training for parents and carers

TParentinvolvementhroughout the year information sessions, specific to subjects, will be held to inform parents and carers of how they can support their children and what the school will be doing to ensure pupils meet their potential.

Parents are invited into school regularly to discuss the best strategies to support their children. Any information from specialist teachers or the Educational Psychologist is passed to parents.

Range of support available to my child

  • HelpinghandsRegular small group work with the class teacher or teaching assistant during lessons

  • Intervention groups for English and maths, led by a teaching assistant

  • Specific strategies to support and develop English/maths

  • Speech and Language therapist (advice disseminated to and followed by teaching staff)

  • Specialist dyslexia learning mentor

  • Additional support and intervention from outside agencies (as listed above)

  • Additional support for transitional times (e.g. from nursery to reception, between year groups/key stages and from primary to secondary school)

Tests and examinations

For some pupils additional arrangements and adjustments can be made to enable them to fully access a range of tests. These arrangements are used for all tests. They might include additional time, use of a reader, rest breaks or the use of a scribe or word processor. The SENCO or class teachers will inform parents about eligibility and applications for these arrangements. Only tests and assessors authorised by the school and recognised by the Examination Boards can be accepted for public examinations.

Pastoral Support

  • Social skills groups

  • WellbeingAfter school clubs

  • Trained first aiders and medical room

  • Strategies to reduce anxieties/promote emotional well being

  • Transition meetings for pupils with complex needs

  • Trained staff supervising at breaks and lunchtimes

  • Access to counsellors and links with other external agencies

  • Access to 1:1 mentors


  • Advice of professionals disseminated and followed

  • Use of any recommended equipment

  • The progress of pupils with SEND is monitored by the Senior Leadership Team and SENCO. Parents are invited in as required to discuss progress and to evaluate existing provision. Pupils participate in meetings where appropriate.

SchooltripPupils with SEN/Ds are encouraged to participate in all school activities. Additional members of staff accompany pupils on schools trips where additional support is required as per trip risk assessments. Specialist transport is engaged where necessary. Risk assessments to include all children are undertaken as routine.

Timetables of your child’s school day are available upon request and SENCO/class teacher will be able to discuss with you any areas of curriculum you feel that your child may have difficulty accessing for any reason and come to the best, individualized, way to solve this.


ChangeaheadAll pupils experience the yearly transition of moving to a new class and new teacher. All children do class visits and take home a photo of their new teacher. Learning journeys and transition photo-books are used where needed.

Teachers and SEN staff will pay particular attention to preparing pupils with SEND for transfer to secondary school, addressing both the learning and the well being concerns that may arise.

If you have a complaint, please refer to our Complaints Policy, available on our school polices page HERE

Downloads Date  
SEN Policy 26th Sep 2023 Download
SEND Information Report and Local Offer 26th Sep 2023 Download