Special Educational Need

Our Special Educational and Disabilities Pastoral Team

Mrs. Lisa Somerville DSL SENDCO Drawing and Talking Inclusion Leader
Mrs. Sam Ansell FLO Drawing and Talking
Mrs Luisa Bennett Speech and Language Drawing and Talking
Mrs Sarah Kenny Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills

‘We aim to include and immerse children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in all aspects of school life as well as valuing their individual needs, working with parents and outside agency professionals.’

At Downs View we aim to support all of our children to enable them to achieve their best at school. In order to do this, many steps are taken to support them on their learning journey. Quality teaching is vital; however for some children further additional support may be needed to meet their individual needs and targets within a fully inclusive environment.

It is our policy to meet the needs of all children and remove barriers to learning in order for children to achieve their personal best and become a confident learner. These barriers may relate to cognitive learning difficulties, communication and interaction needs, social and emotional development and sensory or physical impairments.

Please see the school SEND Policy for additional information.

If you have any concerns about your child please contact our SENDCo

Mrs.Lisa Somerville via the School Office, by phone or email.


The Kent SEND Local Offer tells you what support is available for children and young people with special educational needs and /or disabilities, and their families. It includes information about education, health and care provision.

You can find the SEND Local Offer for KCC at


Our annual report for 2019-20 can be found here

Does your child have a Special Need and /or a disability?
The Integrated Inclusion Ashford District have recently updated their website to support schools and Parents with advice, training/webinars, community events etc across a range of areas. There is a whole section for Parents too.


The Integrated Inclusion website is managed by the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service.

Other useful information from Kent regarding Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – please click here for a useful information sheet for parents.