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Downs View Infant School

Special Educational Needs

Our Special Educational and Disabilities Pastoral Team

Mrs. Katie Norman

SEND Co-ordinator

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.

Our accessibility plan outlines details of how we integrate all children with a disability, ensuring that they have physical access across the school if required and access to a fully inclusive curriculum.  Please read Down View's accessibility plan for more details.  We are a one floor school with ramps in place for outside access to the school, if required. There are a minimal amount of steps. 

Please see the school SEND Policy for additional information.


Please follow Kent's admissions policy when applying for a place. If your child has an EHCP, you must contact Kent County Council's admission team who will support you with the process and contact schools on your behalf.  

If you wish to find out more about SEN-D at Downs View, please contact our SENDCo/Inclusion Leader:

Mrs. Katie Norman via the School Office, by phone or via email.Annual Report 2021-22  

Annual Report 2022-23 

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 

Our school works to support speech, language and communication with support from our NHS link speech & language therapist, Sarah McLeod as well as specialist teachers. You child may come into contact with Sarah McLeod within their classroom or around school. The SENCo, Mrs Katie Norman, will have regular meetings with Sarah McLeod to discuss our school’s provision. 

If you have any concerns about your child’s speech, language or communication skills, please speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance.

If we have discussed a specific concern with you about your child’s speech, language or communication, or you have raised a concern, we will decide together whether to discuss this with our link therapist. You will be kept informed of any plans to support your child.

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