Success and Respect for All

Special educational needs and disability

At Swillington Primary School, we find the talent in all of our pupils. Our SENd provision is driven by fostering our children’s understanding of being tolerant, respecting the environment, keeping safe and, most importantly, imagining the possibilities without a ceiling being placed on their learning or aspirations. We see our pupils as individuals with different interests, knowledge, skills and needs.  Swillington Primary School has a flexible, exciting, broad and balanced curriculum so that we can all children are engaged. We have an inclusive ethos and support our children to be tolerant to those around them, both at school and in the wider community so that we are equipping them with essential skills needed for later life.  We work closely with our children, families and a wide range of professionals so that we can ensure the best possible educational outcomes for the children.

Provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

All teachers are teachers of children with additional educational needs. In every subject tasks and activities are matched to the children’s ability which allows the children to access learning at a level which is appropriately challenging for them. Staff, advised by the SEN Co-ordinator (SENC0), may draw up an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to support a child’s learning by setting appropriate achievable targets. This may involve support from external support agencies (eg school psychologist, Trust-appointed staff) and parents will be regularly consulted about this process. Parental consent is sought before an outside agency is consulted.

Children are assessed and additional needs identified at the earliest stage on entry into school, and thereafter they are regularly assessed and monitored.  Some children receive extra individual or group support from either a Teaching Assistant, who liaises with the SENCo and class teacher, or the class teacher, or an external provider. The SENCo monitors and reviews progress regularly with staff and the Headteacher. We work with the Brigshaw Guidance and Support team to provide additional support for pupils where necessary. This may take the form of counselling or family support.

Children with additional needs are encouraged to take part in every aspect of school life, including extra-curricular activities such as sports, educational visits, school concerts and productions.

The Governing Body maintains a strategic overview of SEN provision through the SEN Governor who holds regular meetings with the Headteacher and SENCo.

Links are maintained with the local high schools to ensure a smooth transition between the different stages of education.

From September 2014, there were a number of changes to improve services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  The changes were a result of a Children and Families Act 2014 which became law on the 13 March 2014. The Act aims to improve how different agencies and services work together and create a more joined-up approach to the statutory assessment process for children and young people with the most complex needs. To find out what Leeds as a city has to offer click here.

Inclusion Team

The Inclusion Manager liaises with teaching and support staff, parents and external agencies. The Inclusion Team comprises of Mr M. Cahill (Headteacher), Mrs L Rhodes ( SENCO and Inclusion Manager), Mrs Brown (Learning Mentor) and designated support staff whose roles are to support children in the following ways:

  • To investigate and provide support in building self-esteem and confidence for children with behavioural or emotional problems.
  • To manage projects for supporting playground behaviour, enjoyment and the development of social skills.
  • To attend Early Help Meetings and Child Protection Conferences in order to liaise with outside agencies to support families and children.
  • To support the School Council.
  • To manage the Breakfast Club.



Our new school building is fully accessible to people with physical disabilities. In addition, in compliance with DDA requirements and our Trust and school policies, every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate the needs of disabled children, staff and visitors.

  • Swillington Primary’s Policy page: On here you will be able to find Policies such as the Accessibility Plan, SEN Policy, etc
  • Dyslexia Action: Dyslexia Action is a national charity that takes action to change the lives of people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties.
  • West Yorkshire CANN: Leeds Children Additional Needs Network. A number of charities with a similar goal working together to achieve the best results.
  • Little Hiccups: Local parent led Support Group for children with special needs and disabilities offering outreach, family fun days and other activities.
  • Scope: Activities, advice and information for families with disabled children and young people in Leeds.
  • Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Toolkit: These pages contain advice, activities and general resources to help with the development of children and young people’s speech, language and communication skills.

Term dates 2022-23

Holiday Dates

Term Dates

Autumn Term 1

Tuesday 6 September to Friday 21 October

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Monday 20 Feb to Friday 31 March

Wednesday 4 January to Friday 10 February

Monday 31 October to Friday 16 December

Monday 17 April to Friday 26 May

Spring Term 2

Christmas Holidays

Monday 19 December to Monday 2 January

Half Term

Monday 24 October to Friday 28 October

Half Term

Monday 13 February to Friday 17 February

Summer Term 1

Easter Holidays

Monday 3 April to Friday 14 April

Summer Term 2

Half Term

Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June

Summer Holidays

Wednesday 26 July to Friday 1 September

Monday 5 June to Tuesday 25 July

Our Aims & Values

Success and Respect for All.

We exist to provide a cradle-to-career education that allows our children to enjoy lives of choice and opportunity.

Our pupils uphold our values by:

Stay Safe

  • Follow school rules
  • Wash our hands regularly
  • Helping others in need
  • Crossing roads carefully
  • Reporting things online we do not like
  • Don't talk to strangers

Respect our environment

  • Keeping our classrooms/ work spaces tidy
  • We don't ignore it, e.g. untidy lockers
  • Using the correct bins for recycling
  • Looking after our school chickens
  • Helping our parents at home to keep the house tidy

Imagine the possibilities

  • Ask questions
  • Think about what job/career I want when I am older
  • Take part in a range of school clubs
  • If we work hard... anything is possible
  • Taking part in visits


  • Be kind to others
  • Positive language
  • Equality for all
  • Understand change may happen
  • Welcome new friends to our school
  • Positive mindset
  • Being kind to our siblings at home

Application timetable

The below timetable applies to applications made to Leeds City Council. If you apply to another local authority, they may have different dates

Admissions Timetable (2023 start)
Applications Open
1 November 2022
Deadline date for applications for Reception places in September 2022
15 January 2023
Late applications
12 February 2023
National Offers Day
17 April 2023
Deadline date for parents wishing to lodge an appeal (please return appeal forms to the academy)
16 May 2023
Date on which Year Reception appeal hearings will be held
June – July 2023
Appeal decision letters to be sent
Within 5 working days from date of hearing wherever possible

We would love to hear from you.

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