Education and schools

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Schools need to produce a report which describes how they support pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

To apply for a school place online, please go to the admissions page. You can visit the school finder to find any Salford school and this will give you a link to their website where you will be able to access this information.

What do schools do for pupils with special educational needs?

Lots of different types of support are available for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

You can ask to arrange a meeting with school to discuss the support that can be provided. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is the teacher who is responsible for making sure your child’s needs are met.

Schools should use the ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ cycle to make sure your child makes progress. The assessment part of the cycle is likely to be more specialised if your child has SEND. The planning and doing parts may be more individualised. Reviews may be more frequent.

What should I do if I think my child has special educational needs?

Contact your child’s school and talk to the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) about it.

If there is a concern, the school will want to monitor your child’s progress for a while.

They will keep you informed of the steps they have taken and you can contact the school at any time for information.

The school will want to work with you and it is important that you share any ideas, comments or new information that you have with the school.

If your child needs teaching or other resources that are additional and different from what other children of their age need, the school will record that your child is having SEN support. The school will be expected to make a graduated response to meeting your child’s needs. The graduated response means that those children with the greatest level of needs should get the most extra support.

If it is felt that the need is severe or complex and has persisted in spite of the school taking all expected steps (including using the highest level of its resources), a request may be made for an Education, Health and Care assessment.

Find out more about Education, Health and Care Plans.

What specialist primary schools are there in Salford?

School admission to all specialist and enhanced resource schools is done through the Special Educational Needs (SEN) team. You cannot be given a place in any other way. An enhanced resource school is one where the local authority has given extra funding to the school so that it can build up expertise and resources in meeting the specific needs of a specific group of children.

Primary specialist

Springwood Primary School is a specialist primary school for pupils with severe, complex, profound and multiple learning difficulties. It takes children from ages 2-11.

Primary enhanced resources

The Friars Primary School has a Key Stage 1 and 2 resourced provision for pupils with moderate learning difficulties.

Irlam Endowed Primary has a Key Stage 1 resourced provision for pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties.

The Leaf Enhanced resource (Lewis Street Primary) is a Key Stage 1 provision for pupils with social and emotional difficulties.

Monton Green Primary has a Key Stage 1 and 2 resourced provision for pupils with moderate learning difficulties.

Moorfield Primary School’s Gingerbread House is a Key Stage 1 and 2 resourced provision for pupils with autistic spectrum disorder.

River View Primary School has a Key Stage 1 and 2 resourced provision for pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties.

St Philip’s CE Primary has a Key Stage 1 and 2 resourced provision for pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties.

Oakwood Academy takes children in Year 5 and 6.

New Park Primary takes children in Years 4, 5 and 6.

In addition to the above provision the Department for Education have approved the establishment of a Primary Special Free School which will be delivered by the Sovereign Trust. Salford City Council has commissioned ten places. Please see the downloadable document below for further details.

What specialist secondary and post 16 schools are there in Salford?

Secondary specialist

Oakwood Academy is a specialist high school for pupils with moderate and complex learning difficulties.

Chatsworth High School is a specialist high school for pupils with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties.

New Park High School is a specialist high school for pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Secondary enhanced resources

All Hallows High School has an enhanced resource for Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils with moderate learning difficulties and speech, language and communication difficulties.

Ellesmere Park High School has an enhanced resource for Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils with communication and interaction difficulties.

Moorside High School has an enhanced resource for Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils with social and emotional difficulties.

Walkden High School has an enhanced resource for Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils with moderate learning difficulties.

Post 16 education

Salford City College at their Eccles Centre, is the main provision which offers specialist equipment for young people with physical disabilities such as hoists. They run a range of vocational skills for life courses that run at a variety of different levels from Entry level 1 to 3 and also sector specific BTEC level 1 to 3 in areas such as business, childcare, animal care, sport and public services.

The college will also provide tailored support at their other centres (Pendleton, Walkden, City and Futureskills) for those who will be accessing other courses at Level 1, 2 or 3.

We advise that you attend their open events so you can get see which centre is the most appropriate for you. For further information on all these courses and support visit the Salford City College website.

Oakwood Academy Special School also has a sixth form offer for their current students to progress onto after year 11. They offer similar level of courses as Salford City College, however student numbers will be smaller than at the larger college centres. 

Chatsworth High School Special School also has a sixth form offer for those young people with more complex and profound learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Many of their current students will continue into the sixth form where staff know them well and can cater for their needs, including access to specialist equipment such as a hydrotherapy pool.

What does the Educational Psychology Service do?

The Educational Psychology Service work to support schools to identify and include children with a wide range of additional needs. They do this through consultation with teachers, individual work with children and their families and through training and project work. This way they can have an impact on groups of children as well as individuals and many children can benefit from their expertise.

Every maintained school in Salford has a named Educational Psychologist attached who can be accessed via the schools Special Needs Co-ordinator. Each school has a number of visits from the local authority and then schools are able to purchase additional hours should they require them. The school should involve their Educational Psychologists if they feel they are finding it difficult to meet a child’s needs and the first step is to help them to problem solve and develop a positive pathway. The service is keen to work with schools and parents to improve outcomes for all children.

Where can I go to if I need more information on education and schools?

Contact the school directly. You can get their contact details by using the school finder.

Salford Information, Advice and Support Service gives information, advice and support to children, young people and also parents about special educational needs and disability. Call 0161 778 0349/0343/0335 or email siass@salford.gov.uk 

I'm looking for information on a school outside Salford. Where do I go?

If you would like information on schools not in Salford,  search on the Department of Education schools finder.

This page was last updated on 20 October 2017

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