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Special Educational Needs and Disability


 We hold Parent Coffee Mornings on the first Friday of every month. 
They're open to all parents and the focus is on SEND.
Please come along - 9am in the Lilley Suite. 

Other news

  • Contact Wandsworth
    Due to the present health climate and the most recent government guidance is not able to offer face to face office appointments, home visits, coffee mornings and Drop Ins and have postponed their Easter events and workshops.
    However, they are still able to offer support – contact them on wandsworth.office@contact.org.uk
    They also offer support via their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/contactinwandsworth/

At Swaffield School, our SENCO, Lucy Widdowson, is responsible for Special Education Needs & Disability.

To contact her:

Please email senco@swaffield.wandsworth.sch.uk
or call the School Office on 020 8874 2825 

Our SEND Governor is Yusuf Chadun

Providing for the individual educational needs of all our pupils is a priority. We continue to build on the strengths identified by OFSTED. We provide a stimulating environment and an enriched curriculum that is fully inclusive.

New legislation from the Children and Families’ Act 2014 and The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice 0-25 was introduced from the 1st September 2014. More details on the SEND Code of Practice (2015) can be found on the Department for Education’s website.

Swaffield is proud to be a Place2Be school.  

Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic support to pupils, families and staff in more than 250 schools nationwide.

It gives pupils a space to express themselves through talking and creative work, and to think about any worries they might have.

One of the most popular aspects of this service is called ‘Place2Talk’. It’s open to all pupils, and they can make an appointment to spend 15 minutes with a trained counsellor, either by themselves or with a friend.
Pupils often talk about friendships or any worries they may have.


SEND Information Report 

You can read Swaffield School's SEND Policy here.

This is Swaffield School's SEND Information Report.

This document in Microsoft Word and you should be able to follow any web links contained within it by pressing Ctrl+Click where you see a link.

In case you have any difficulty, the links are also here:

Related Swaffield School policies include:

Anti-bullying Policy
Equality and Diversity Policy
Accessibility Plan & Disability Equality Scheme
Medical Needs Policy - Supporting pupils with medical conditions
Data Protection Policy

We've created this Special Educational Needs and Disability Jargon Buster - a useful list of acronyms and their meanings to help parents and carers.

Swaffield School Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) 

As a school we work within the Wandsworth guidance on Provision for children with SEN in mainstream schools which explains the ways pupils with different additional needs are provided for within the school.

We also follow our Equality and Diversity policy and we also have an Accessibility plan and Disability Equality Scheme.

We provide a stimulating environment and an enriched curriculum that is
fully inclusive!

We offer a range of provision to support children with communication and interaction, cognition and learning difficulties, social, mental and health problems or sensory or physical needs.

At Swaffield School all pupils, regardless of their particular needs, are offered inclusive teaching which will enable them to make the best possible progress in school and feel that they are a valued member of the wider school community. We provide a stimulating environment and an enriched curriculum that is fully inclusive.

At different times in their education, young people may have a special educational need or disability (SEND). The SEND Code of Practice defines SEND as a young person having a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or has a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.

What to do if you have any concerns 

We understand sometimes as a parent or carer you may have concerns about your child and be unsure of how they are getting on at school.

Or, you may have worries about your child’s behaviour at home or their general development. Your child may be struggling with coming into school, class-work, homework or may be having difficulties at home and you would like to talk to someone about it. The first step is to discuss your concerns with your child’s class teacher.

If you would like to arrange a meeting to discuss further with the SENCO, please arrange an appointment via the school office or email Lucy Widdowson on senco@swaffield.wandsworth.sch.uk

Further advice and support

Further advice and support is available from:

  • The Wandsworth Information, Advice & Support provides an impartial and confidential service to all parents of children with SEND. Visit their website here or telephone 020 8871 8061
  • The Wandsworth Parents’ Forum “Positive Parent Action” works with the Council to improve all provision for children and young people with SEN and Disabilities aged 0 to 25.  If you want to get involved in influencing services visit their website at www.positiveparentaction.org.uk or telephone 020 8947 5260.
  • More information about Wandsworth's Local Offer of services and support for children and young people with special needs and disabilities in Wandsworth can be found here: www.wandsworth.gov.uk/localoffer
    Their helpline is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday on 020 8871 7899.