Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Downham Feoffees Primary Academy are committed and passionate about ensuring ‘Achievement for All’, through setting high aspirations and providing a high quality teaching and learning environment, as a priority for all. However, we acknowledge that some children will require additional support, for part or all of their time at our academy.

Downham Feoffees Primary Academy have a dedicated teaching team who strive to provide the best provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities:

Ruth Cusick (SENDCo)

Susan Jaques (Principal)

Sarah Mulford (Assistant Principal)

Julia Stead (Key Stage 2 Lead)

Rachel Hildyard (Early Years Foundation Stage Lead)

Jane Crussell (SEND Academy Councillor)

Mrs Cusick is our SENDCo and closely coordinates with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT). Mrs Cusick works with the children, families, staff, academy councillors and external agencies to ensure that all children with special educational needs and disabilities are supported. Mrs Cusick liaises with the CMAT Executive Director of SEND, Mary Rayner.

This enables us to identify and offer specific support for all of our SEND children at the level which helps them to make progress from their starting points. We use a variety of teaching styles, resources and differentiation to ensure that all children can access learning in the classroom.

Where children have individual plans they are delivered in a way to ensure they understand the relevance and purpose of learning activities and experience levels of progress that bring feelings of success and achievement.

The following part of this website is to assist parents and carers in finding information about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Downham Feoffees Primary Academy SEND Information Report

As per the SEND Code of Practice (Section 6.79), academy’s must publish information about their arrangements for identifying, assessing and making provision available for children with SEND. The Downham Feoffees Primary Academy information report can be downloaded, or viewed below:

2018 – 2019 Academy SEND Information Report 

Local Offer

The SEN and Disability Local Offer describes what help, support and services are available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families in Cambridgeshire.

It provides:

  • Information about education, social care and health services, as well as services provided by voluntary and community groups;
  • Information about services for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans, as well as those without;
  • Clear criteria for getting support.

To access the Local Offer, please click on the link below:

Cambridgeshire Local offer link

Additional information

SEND Information

Some useful information to help you support your child’s needs. If you require any further details, please do not hesitate to contact us at the academy.

School Family Worker (provides information for all aspects of parenting):

Michelle West  –    michelle.west@cambridgeshire.co.uk

Cambridgeshire Dyslexia Guidance

Children’s Occupational Therapy

Speech, Language and Communication Needs

Parent Partnership Service (advice for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs): www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/pps

Pinpoint (Pinpoint Cambridgeshire helps parents and carers, especially those with children with additional needs and disabilities): www.pinpoint-cambs.org.uk

The following policy and procedures documents may also be helpful:


Disability Access Statement

With the introduction of the Equality Act 2010, Downham Feoffees Primary Academy, in common with all premises offering access to the Public in England and Wales, assumed a mandatory obligation to provide easy access to all parts of its premises for people with Disabilities, wherever reasonably practicable. Downham Feoffees is a single story building on one site, with no significant change in floor levels within the main building. The mobile on the school site has a ramp which leads to a door wide enough for wheel chair access.
To meet the requirements of the legislation, Downham Feoffees has ensured a number of ramped/level access points throughout its premises as follows:
  • Reception: The reception external access point to the building is all on one level.
  • School Carpark: There is a ramp from the carpark to the path leading to the front entrance. The space in front of the ramp should be kept clear.
  • School Hall: There is a slight ramp leading from the carpark to the hall. This enables easy access for anyone requiring entry to the hall.
In addition to the above, there are accessible lavatory facilities near the hall.