St John's Catholic Primary School, Gravesend Academy
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- School Office
- 01474 534546
Where to go
- DA12 2SY
When is it on?
- When is childcare available
- Term Time Only
- Carescheme Age Range:
- 3 year(s), 0 month(s) to 5 year(s), 0 month(s)
- Opening Times
Opening Times Day Opening Time Closing Time Monday 08:45 3.00pm Tuesday 08:45 3.00pm Wednesday 08:45 3.00pm Thursday 08.45 3.00pm Friday 08.45 3.00pm
- ECD Type
- Academy Nursery
- Offers pickups
- Cost details
- Contact provider for details
- 3-4 Year Old Funding?
- Vacancies Details
- Please contact our school office for a Nursery Application form.
- Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
- Vacancy Information Last updated Date
St John's Nursery is part of St John's Catholic Primary school. Children regularly take part in activities with the whole school including visiting theatre groups, animal encounter sessions.
- Wheelchair Access
As a school, we recognise our role in providing the most suitable support and setting high aspirations for our pupils.
When children are identified with SEND; their progress will be monitored, supported and outcomes will be reviewed throughout the academic year. We continue to uphold our duty to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to our classroom environment and our approach to teaching and learning so that all children may fulfil their potential.
Staff members (both teaching and support staff) undergo regular training (CPD) to ensure they are fully equipped to understand and meet the needs of the pupils in our care. Individual training packages are also offered to specific members of staff, tailored to the needs of their assigned pupils. Thus we ensure we are doing our upmost so all children are accessing the curriculum and receiving an education appropriate to their needs.
A range of interventions are arranged and reviewed regularly to measure impact and this is monitored through our whole school programme, ‘Pupil Asset’. Interventions are delivered by highly trained members of staff and also supported by external agencies including SALT, STLS and EP.
We collaborate with the Local Authority and with reference to the Local Offer, seek additional funding (HNF) where necessary. This enables us to offer children with complex needs the most suitable provision.
The school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Aisling Barker. If you would like an appointment please contact via the school office on 01474 534546.
If you have a child with SEN and/or disabilities please access Kent’s Local Offer by following the link below. Here you will find details of services available in Kent, for example, arrangements for identifying and assessing children, how disagreements are resolved and sources of support, advice and information.
Our School Website
Kent Local Offer Website
Special Needs Support
How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?
SEND is identified through observation and assessment. Concerns regarding a child's development is identified as early as possible and this is discussed with parents. At this point a record of concern may be made to the SENCO to observe and support with forward steps.
How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?
We have a responsibility to inform and update parents on their children’s progress and the level of support they are receiving. We value our parents and pupils input and recognise that their involvement is an imperative aspect of the planning and reviewing process. For this reason, parents with children on the SEND register, meet with class teacher and/or SENCo a minimum of 3 times a year and will be contacted if there are any changes to the provision their child is receiving. Parents are provided with a ‘Personalised Learning Plan’ individual to their child and this is reviewed and discussed at each meeting and where possible, the views of the child are included.
How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?
We ensure that the EYFS is highly inclusive by adapting the environment to meet the individual needs of children. Each child with identified needs, has a PLP which clearly shows how best to meet individual needs through strategies, resources and personalised targets.
What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?
Children are supported using a range of strategies to ensure that every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Our staff continually attend training to ensure the strategies they use are the most appropriate for the needs of the children they support. These may include the use of Makaton, visual support, touch typing, sensory support, Speech and Language and many more. For us, what is most important is that the strategies are the most appropriate to the needs of the individual child to ensure they are accessing the support that will enable them to be access the curriculum and participate fully in school life.
What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?
We have highly trained Intervention TA's, each specialising in a specific area. Each member of the team has a significant impact on the children they support and this is then transferred into the classroom. We offer children support with all areas of English and Maths as well as Speech and Language support, led by our SALT who reviews and sets targets for individual pupils. We also have augmented support for pupils with more complex needs to ensure that all pupil can access all aspects of school life in a meaningful way.
How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?
Each pupil on the SEN register has a PLP which clearly identifies end of Key Stage Outcomes, but also termly targets. These are all individual to each pupil and are reviewed 3 times a year. These are shared with parents during parent consultations and feedback is welcomed. The SENCo is also available to meet with parents to review targets and progress at any point in the year.
How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?
As we are an inclusive school, reasonable adjustments are made to ensure that all our children can access the activities and the trips we offer. We will always risk assess the situation on an individual basis and liaise with those leading the activity to ensure they are aware of the needs of pupils and can tailor their activities to ensure they can participate. There may extra adults deployed to ensure all pupils are safe for example, during swimming lessons- pupils with complex needs have had 1:1 instruction.
How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?
How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?
When children begin our setting a home visit takes place, at the child's home, with the parents for us to discuss your child. We also will visit/talk to any previous setting they may have attended and where possible visit your child at this setting. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Nursery with your child for a 'Stay and Play' session.
How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?
We measure the effectiveness of our provision by the progress each individual makes towards their personal targets and outcomes. Our aim is to prepare our pupils for secondary and independence through adulthood. When we identify needs and ensure early intervention is in place, we promote the best possible provision for our pupils. We have conducted parent surveys which have given parents the opportunity to evaluate their experience of SEND in our school. We welcome feedback and are continuously striving to improve.
Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?
If you would like to register for a place at our setting, please contact the school office.