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Downs View Infant School

Special Educational Needs

Our Special Educational and Disabilities Pastoral Team

Mrs. Lisa Somerville

Designated Safeguarding Deputy

SEND Co-ordinator

Drawing and Talking Leader

Inclusion Leader

Mrs. Sam Ansell Family Liaison Officer Drawing and Talking Leader
Mrs Luisa Bennett Speech and Language Drawing and Talking Leader

 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 by email.Annual Report 2020-2021 Parental Voice Questionnaire 

The Kent SEND Local Offer

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:


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.

Guide for Parents

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