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At Lanchester Primary School we have high expectations for all pupils. All pupils are entitled to access the full school curriculum with reasonable adjustments being made where necessary and to take part in every aspect of school life, unless there is a specified modification or dis application outlined in an individual pupil's Educational and Health Care Plan. Pupils with SEN are integrated and included fully into the life of the school as a whole, including its social and cultural activities.

Lanchester's SENDco is Sara Kacina

Please phone the school office or email Sara Kacina directly on:


Delivering Special Provision Locally (DSPL)

DSPL is a Hertfordshire-wide partnership approach where parents, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies, work together as part of an Area Group, reviewing and developing the range of provision and support services available to their local community that :

  • Meets the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (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 more effectively

For further information on DSPL please refer to their website-

How does the school make sure the admissions process is fair for pupils with SEN or a disability?

Admission arrangements for most students with SEND do not differ from those without. Please see Admissions Information on our website for more information.
Placement applications for students with an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) are controlled by the Local Authority in which the child resides. School choices should be named in an Annual Review.  The Local Authority holds responsibility for making contact with the school and securing appropriate placement.

What are the arrangements for handling complaints from parents of children with SEND about the provision made at the school?

The school works in partnership with parents to ensure a collaborative approach to their child’s needs. We encourage an open dialogue with parents.

Where there is cause to complain, in the first instance it is advisable to contact your child’s class teacher or the SENCO. In addition, you may wish to contact a member of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIAS).

SENDIASS provides information about services, support and activities and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25. You can find them here:

All complaints are taken seriously and are heard through the Trust complaints policy and procedure, which can be found on our school website.


Local Offer

The Local Offer lets parents and young people know what special educational needs and disabilities services are available in Hertfordshire, and who can access them. Their website has signposted information to guide parents and families to the right support.

Policies relating to SEND can be found in the 'All Policies' section of our site. 

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