Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

Learning for the Head, Heart and Hand


Inclusion at Lady Joanna Thornhill Primary is central to our ethos and the values we hold. For us as a school, inclusion is ensuring children feel that they belong, are engaged and are connected. It is about valuing all our children as individuals, giving equal access and opportunity and meeting the needs of individual children.  


At Lady Joanna Thornhill Primary School, we strongly believe that all children have the right to achieve their potential from their own starting point and we fully embrace each child as an individual with their own unique needs. Each and every pupil is highly valued and is encouraged to experience a broad and balanced curriculum as a result of our commitment to a fully inclusive ethos on the part of every staff member. Strong relationships are central to this approach, and we understand and know the value of these in supporting all of our children to aim high and experience success.  


As an inclusive school, we believe that all children have the right to:  

  • An education which enables them to become full, independent and active members of the community.  

  • Be supported in developing the tools and strategies to become an independent learner 

  • An education that is broad and balanced with access to the curriculum. 

  • Have their contributions and achievements recognised.  

  • Be seen as individuals with differing interests, knowledge and skills.  

  • An education where support, if needed, is seen as an entitlement rather than a special addition. 

  • Careful monitoring and assessment of their individual needs in an appropriate context, ensuring that there are high expectations and appropriate targets. 


For children with identified Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, we are dedicated to ensuring that they can access appropriate learning opportunities, and we seek to support both the child and their family, at the earliest possible opportunity. We hold a firm belief that quality first teaching (with SEND children learning in class, whilst being a key focus for the class teacher) will deliver the best outcomes for these pupils.  


Please take a look through the information below for more details on our approach to and support of special educational needs at Lady Joanna Thornhill Primary, and feel free to get in touch if you have any queries or concerns about your child. 

Links to SEND Advice and Support for Parents