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Special Educational Needs



We have an Special Needs Co-ordinator or SENDCo (Mrs O'Sullivan) who works alongside teachers to support pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Mrs O'Sullivan can be contacted via the school office by email or by phone 01442 871231


Provision is made to help children with SEN by careful consideration of their strengths and areas of challenge. Our policy is developed from the Special Educational Needs and disabilities code of practice:0-25 years. Close consultation with parents is considered essential.  Children may be given specific and personalised individual targets (in the form of a learning plan. These targets are written in conjunction with the child, parent and teaching staff and are discussed and reviewed regularly. Our school may seek the help and advice from outside agencies as well as draw upon resources and expertise from the county.


Our school also seeks to identify children who are more able or specially gifted and provide suitable encouragement and stimulation as well as work of an appropriate level of challenge.  We make use of the advice, expertise and resources available through the Local Authority. 

What is DSPL?


Delivering Special Provision Locally is a Hertfordshire-wide initiative, working to improve the range of provision and support services available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, aged 0-25.


It aims to secure a range of provision, support services and resources in each area that:


• meets the needs of children and young people with SEND aged 0-25 as close to home as possible

• improves outcomes for wellbeing and attainment

• widens choice for children and parents/carers

• removes barriers to learning

• uses resources effectively



There is now a DSPL Dacorum Facebook page, which will keep you up to date with courses/workshops, events and support for professionals and parent/carers


The Local Offer from Hertfordshire


As part of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) reforms, Hertfordshire County Council has to provide access to information of what is on offer across the county.


The purpose of the offer is to provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities that are available for all children and young people with SEND aged 0-25 and their families (not just those who have an education, health and care plan).

Please follow the link for further information on the Hertfordshire Local Offer.

The Bridgewater Offer


Alongside the County Local Offer, schools are required to have a School Offer. The aim of this is to give clear information on how the SEND Code of Practice is implemented in the school. To find out more, see the PDF below.

For parent courses, please visit our Community Events & Activities page.