Special Educational Needs (SEND)

Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy

At Fenstanton and Hilton Primary school we are committed to giving all our children every opportunity to achieve their best. The achievement, attitude and well-being of every child matters and inclusion is the responsibility of everyone within our school. Every teacher is a teacher of every pupil, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. We respect the unique contribution which every individual can make to our school community.

Definition of SEN and Disability (SEND)

At our school we use the definition for SEN and for disability from the SEND Code of Practice (2014).

This states ‘A child or young person has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A learning difficulty or disability is a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age. Special educational provision means educational or training provision that is additional to, or different from, that made generally for others of the same age in a mainstream setting in England.

Disability: Many children and young people who have SEN may have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 – that is ‘…a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’

Key Roles and Responsibilities


The SENCO has day-to-day responsibility for the operation of SEND policy and co-ordination of specific provision made to support individual pupils with SEND, including those who have EHC plans (or Statements until 2018). The SENCO is Marina Byrne and can be contacted via the office at office@fenstanton.cambs.sch.uk.

SEN Governor

The SEN governor is Martin Kendall, who is one of our co-opted governors. He has responsibility for monitoring policy implementation and liaising between the SENCO and the Governing Body.