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Ashley Down Primary School

Special Educational Needs & Disability(SEND)

Ashley Down Primary School is a maintained school and is supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. Our SENCO is Mrs Rachael Bishop. If you are a current or prospective parent/carer and would like to speak to her about your child, please email her on senco.ashleydownp@bristol-schools.uk.

How are Special Educational Needs & Disability defined?

The definition of SEND is for those children who need something different from or additional to what is being delivered by a class teacher using quality first teaching.

Special Educational Needs and Disability code of practise 0-25yrs July 2014 identifies this as;

“A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.”

“A child of compulsory school age or young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

  • has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
  • has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream school or mainstream post-16 institutions”

Under the Equality Act of 2010 it is recognised that ‘many children and young people who have SEND may have a disability’, that is ‘... a physical or mental impairment which has a long term and substantial adverse affect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’ (long term is defined as a year or more and includes sensory impairments; sight and hearing and medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma and cancer. Therefore ‘where a disabled child or young person requires special educational provision they will also be covered by the SEND definition’

Ashley Down Primary School SEND Policy can be found here.

Our Accessibility Plan can be read here.

SEND Report

We have organised our SEND Report into a Question and Answer format from a parent/carers view. These can be accessed from the links below:

SEN Report: Questions parents/carers may have

If you would like more information about Bristol's local offer for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families, please visit:



Bristol City Council Written Statement of Action

 The Written Statement of Action is Bristol City Council's response to the Ofsted/Care Quality Commission (CQC) Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) inspection which took place in our local area at the end of 2019. It is a transparent, formal framework for improving SEND provision which has been developed with a number of partners and incorporates the views of parents and carers.
You can find the written statement of action by following this link: