Welcome to our SEND Information Report (SIR) which is part of Durham County Council’s Local Offer for children and young people with Special Educational Needs.

The Government has asked all Local Authorities in the UK to publish, in one place, information about the services and provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25 who have Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND).

This is known as the Local Offer.  Further information about the Local Offer can be found  here.


A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age. (C.o.P. DfE 2015, p16)

Broad areas of Need

There are four broad areas of SEND, these are:

Communication and Interaction
This area of need includes children with Autism Spectrum Condition and those with Speech, Language and Communication Needs

Cognition and Learning
This includes children with Specific Learning Difficulties, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

• Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties

This includes any pupils who have an emotional, social or mental health need that is impacting on their ability to learn

• Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties

This area includes children with hearing impairment, visual impairment, multi-sensory impairment and physical difficulties.

School ethos and approach

Recognising its historic foundation, St Oswald’s C of E Aided Primary and Nursery School works closely with the Diocese of Durham and St Oswald’s Church to provide a stimulating and high quality education within a caring Christian environment.

We appreciate the uniqueness of every child, whatever their background and individual need, and encourage each child to discover their gifts, their sense of community and their relationship with God. Our values are embedded in everyday school life and daily worship brings the whole school together for times of reflection, exploration and celebration. We enable our children to feel valued, make excellent progress within the curriculum and build a strong foundation for their lives by developing their spirituality, self-belief and sense of citizenship.

Consultation in production of SIR

This SIR is in consultation with staff, governors, parents, carers and young people and is updated annually. The children have regular meetings with support staff to discuss their progress and support. If you would like to discuss your son/daughter’s SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.

Our Admissions arrangements, Accessibility Plan; Equalities Information & Objectives, Safeguarding, SEND Policy, Supporting pupils with medical conditions policies can be found in the policies section (policies).

Review Arrangements of SIR

This SIR is monitored and ratified, evaluated by the governing body.

This SIR was reviewed in March 2022 and will be reviewed again in March 2023.

Key Contacts

The following are the main contacts for Special Educational Needs and Disability at St. Oswald’s C of E Primary and Nursery School:

Mrs Alice Hassall is the Head Teacher

Mr D Tait is our designated SEN Governor

Mrs Helen Ribchester is our designated Special Educational Needs Coordinator

Mrs Ribchester is SENCO at St Oswald’s CE Primary School and has completed the NASENCO qualification. She regularly attends networking and training opportunities as arranged by Durham Local Authority.  All staff are highly experienced and have the opportunity to attend relevant training courses to develop their expertise in teaching children with SEND. Recent staff training has included: Relax kids, Lego Therapy, Team Teach and Thrive

If you would like to discuss SEND requirements in detail or speak to any of the key contacts above,  please contact the school office to arrange an appointment by phoning 0191 3868029 or by sending an email.

The school’s full policy for SEND can be found here.

If you have any questions about our SEND Local Offer please contact the school and we will try our best to help you.