Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

Learning for the Head, Heart and Hand


Kent County Council are the admissions authority for Lady Joanna Thornhill and we abide strictly by their admissions code. We will never discriminate against a prospective pupil based on their Special Educational Need or Disability. As with any child who may be joining our school we would always work in advance with parents and carers and any other agencies that may be involved to ensure that we can best meet a child’s needs from the moment that they arrive at the school.


We actively work to ensure that pupils with Special Needs and Disabilities are not treated less favourably than other pupils. Amongst the measures deployed to ensure that this is the case, are:


  • A firm belief that Quality First Support (with SEND children learning in class, whilst being a key focus for the class teacher) will deliver best outcomes.
  • Interventions are only deployed when the Quality First approach has not been shown to deliver progress that will narrow any achievement gap and then they are evidence-based and delivered by trained staff.
  • All staff are trained in the best means to support our diverse SEND cohort.
  • Where appropriate outside agencies are engaged to provide additional support should this be required.
  • Progress, both academic and personal, social and emotional, is closely monitored by the Special Needs Coordinator and Senior Leadership Team, in addition to routine class teacher monitoring.
  • Our SEND governor, Ms Rachel Chan, robustly challenges the efficacy of the school’s support for SEND pupils.

Special Educational Needs and Disability


As of September 1st 2014 a new Code of Practice for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities was introduced by the Government with statutory guidance for schools, following changes made the "Children and Families Act 2014"


Part of the changes   made include a requirement that all the local authorities produce a "Local Offer" outlining what the authority offer to support children with SEND. You can find this by clicking on the following link: 



SEND enquiries                          Mr Alex Devlin, SENCo                 / 01233 812781

Complaints about SEN provision

Complaints about SEN provision in our school should be made to the class teacher in the first instance. If having done so a person needs further advice, then they should refer to the school’s complaints policy and arrange to meet the SENCO and/or the headteacher. The parents of pupils with disabilities have the right to make disability discrimination claims to the first-tier SEND tribunal if they believe that our school has discriminated against their children. They can make a claim about alleged discrimination regarding:


  • Exclusions Lady Joanna Thornhill SEN Policy and Information Report 2022-23 9
  • Provision of education and associated services
  • Making reasonable adjustments, including the provision of auxiliary aids and services

Our SEND policy