The staff are committed to helping pupils with learning difficulties and aim to help every child to achieve his or her potential irrespective of their needs. The school has a Special Educational Needs Policy and this is updated each year. This policy can be viewed under the Policies page on the website.
Small group teaching and flexibility in the organisation of the school day are amongst the ways in which pupils may be helped. These sessions are often led by Learning Support Assistants and the work is usually planned specifically to support the individual needs of the children in the group.
Under the Children and Families Act 2014 a child or young person has special needs if they have a learning disability that calls for special provision to made for them which is different from or additional to that which would normally be made for other children of the same age in a mainstream school.
Some children's difficulties will be recognised before they reach the age of school admission. There are many pupils, however, whose difficulties are identified during their attendance at primary schools.
The admission arrangements for children with disabilities include the provision that if a child has an Educational Health Care Plan he or she will be given first preference in the event of more applications than there are places.
All children are encouraged to take a full and active part in all aspects of school life wherever possible. The school's aims make it clear that inclusion of all children is regarded as very important at Pinders. The school is very active and successful in promoting a positive ethos to ensure that all pupils are accepted and that no pupils are treated less favourably than other pupils.