Inclusion at Bridgewater Primary School

Who we are

  •  Mrs Frances Troop* – Deputy Headteacher/ Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo) /Specialist Teacher of Dyslexia/Designated teacher for Looked After Children
  •  Ms Sharon Jones – Special Educational Needs Support & Pastoral Care
  •  Mrs Vicky Ashby – Learning Mentor/ Special Educational Needs Teaching Support/Speech and Language & Pastoral Care
  • Mrs Louise Thomas - Parent Link Worker
  • Mrs Trupti Karavadra* – Inclusion Teacher P/T
  • Mrs Nicola Redden – Inclusion Teacher P/T
  • Mr Joe Lavelle – Governor with responsibility for Inclusion and SEN
  • Mrs Mary Kay – Chair of Governors

*Holds the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination.

We also have an enthusiastic and dedicated group of Learning Support Assistants and HLTAs working alongside us, supporting children with additional needs throughout the school.

An overview of Inclusion and Pastoral Care

At Bridgewater we are delighted to have been recognised for the importance that inclusion plays within our school, having been awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark in 2010 and the IQM Flagship Award in February 2014. We have been reaccredited with Flagship status every year since 2014. The 2014 Flagship report can be located in the section ‘What makes us unique?’ Dr Wendy Daley noted that: “Inclusion here really means ALL…Working together to build better futures is the reality here. Nurture and developmental practice impacts on the success of each child and builds the sustainable energy and skills to ensure continuous learning. Bridgewater builds lives and futures”.

Our 2017 report states that, “The staff know the pupils very well and targeted interventions support the acquisition of Knowledge, Skills and Understanding of the curriculum.  ‘Together We learn’ is key to every aspect of the school.” Anne Spencer.

Alongside our team of dedicated teachers and non-teaching staff we aim to:

  •  Support all children in feeling that they belong whilst meeting their individual needs
  •  Reduce barriers to learning and ensure participation
  • Recognise strengths and identify areas of difficultly to plan carefully-matched, personalised provision
  • Ensure interventions are closely matched to need
  • Offer additional social and emotional support through our nurture and pastoral care programmes
  • Signpost families to additional services and outside agencies when appropriate

Students identified as having a disability or special educational need either on entry or during their time at Bridgewater Primary will receive additional learning support in line with their specific need, which is regularly monitored. Students with Statements or Educational Health Care Plans (EHCPs) will receive support in line with the recommendations of the Local Authority, who will have been involved in the statutory process.  In 2016/2017 we were excited to become a TaMHS school, receiving bespoke training which will enable us to offer children and their families provision that promotes children's mental health.  This especially includes those who are vulnerable to mental health difficulties or those who already experience difficulties with mental health.  We are continuing this work in 2018-2019. 

Alongside support in school, we also work with other outside agencies and services, such as:

  • Community Paediatricians
  • Speech and Language Therapy Service
  • School Nursing Team
  • Children’s Hearing Clinic
  • Children’s Occupational Health
  • Children’s Physiotherapy Service
  • Specialist SEN Service

We also commission support from other services (some examples are detailed below, as appropriate).  The expectation is that when the school commissions outside agencies that parents/carers commit to working in partnership with them and the school in order to improve the outcomes for the child involved.

  • Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service
  • Jogo Behaviour Support
  • Target Autism

If you have concerns about your child

As a parent, if you have any concerns please contact a member of our team via your child’s Class Teacher or come along to our weekly drop-in sessions during Walk in Wednesday, between 8.45 am - 9.15 am. These sessions are on a 1:1 basis and no appointment is necessary. At other times, please contact the School Office for an appointment.

We also welcome visits from prospective parents, whose children have additional needs. Further information including our school’s offer can be found in the Inclusion/SEN Policy.  To contact the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator directly please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

A link to Northamptonshire’s Local Offer is here.

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