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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities



Some children may be diagnosed when they are born with special educational needs whilst others may not be diagnosed until later in childhood. The earlier we can ensure all children’s individual needs are fully understood the better chance we have of meeting them. We work closely with parents and other professionals in order to ensure correct assessment and support is completed. To contact our SENCO Hannah Kemp please call 01274 772070.

Early Support

Early Support is a recognised approach to improve the way that services for disabled children and young people work with families. It provides a standard framework and a set of materials that can be used in many different circumstances, as well as a set of expectations about how services should work together.

Accessibility Plan

Please click to here to view our accessibility plan

SEN Policy

Please click here to view our Policy for Special Educational Need

Bradford Local Offer

The Local Offer is a new way of giving children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers information about what activities and support is available in the area where you live. For more information on the Bradford Local offer please click here

Information Report

Click here to view our Aire Valley Nursery Schools Federation SEND Information report Autumn 2019



School Closure

Dear Parents/Carers,

Abbey Green Nursery School Closure

I am writing to update you on a number of developments.

The Local Authority have now advised that schools should make individual arrangements for children of key workers, children with special educational needs and children in vulnerable groups.

We have considered all options carefully and feel the best arrangements are to close Abbey Green due to the low numbers of children eligible for nursery provision and have decided to offer this provision at Midland Road Nursery School. Our staff team will be moving across to work with the Midland Road team.  This will also help to support consistent staffing levels as the numbers of staff self-isolating and social distancing increase.  I know the Midland Road team will want to ensure that the Abbey Green children will be welcomed and settled into the new setting.

Many of you will know that I am also Acting Headteacher at Midland Road Nursery School and so I know the school very well.  It has the same wonderful, warm, welcome and quality provision we have at Abbey Green.

We look forward to welcoming children to Midland Road.  You will see lots of familiar faces and I am sure your children will settle in quickly.  We will keep in touch with all our other families throughout this difficult time.

Yours sincerely,

Ginny Robinson

Acting Headteacher



Sufficiency of Specialist places for Children and Young People with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) across the Bradford District

Sufficiency of Specialist places for Children and Young People with

Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) across the Bradford District

The Local Authority has a statutory duty to keep under review the provision it makes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) whilst also ensuring there are sufficient specialist places available to meet the needs of the growing SEND population.

Bradford has experienced a significant increase in demand for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision in the last 10 years. It is projected that the demand for SEND provision in Bradford will continue to grow and it has been identified that additional specialist places across all sectors in the Bradford District are required. This initial consultation is to share and gather information on the development of further specialist provision places to enhance the current specialist provision offer across the District.

To maximise the opportunities for expansion and creation of new provision we will keep under review any possibilities of expanding and re-configuring existing spaces to maximise the capital allocation.

In 2019/2020 we proposed  to increase the amount of specialist places available through a range of services by expanding and developing further specialist provision to enhance the network of Special Schools, Early Years Enhanced Specialist provision (EYESPs), Resourced Provision places both School and Local authority led in mainstream schools, that are required to meet the current and future needs of children and young people with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

In July 2019 the council; executive approved the development of:

  • 34 resourced provision places and
  • 40 additional special school places.

In addition to the proposals, 215 additional specialist places were also proposed across the academy sector, requiring approval from the Regional Schools Commissioner. The Regional Schools Commissioner approved these in July 2019. This left a further 65 places to be developed. The below proposals are in addition to this.

We are now seeking the views of all stakeholders and interested parties on the development of further additional specialist places to be delivered within the Bradford District.

The Proposals are as follows:

The Local Authority is proposing to increase the number of Special School places for Secondary aged pupils with Social Emotional and Mental Health needs, with effect from February 2020 by:

  • Closing Ellar Carr Pupil Referral Unit and using the site to operate as a split site of Beechcliffe Special School


  • ExpandingBeechcliffe Special School from 144 places to 224 places. To deliver additional Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) provision

The Local Authority is proposing to increase the number of Resourced Provision places by:

  • Establishing a LA led Resourced Provision (RP) for 12 primary aged children with Communication and Interaction needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at Fagley Primary School

The Local Authority is proposing to redistribute Early Years Enhanced Specialist Provision (EYESP) places by:

  • Reducing the Early Years Enhanced Specialist Provision from 20 part time places to 10 part time places at Abbey Green Nursery School
  • Developing an Early Years Enhanced Specialist Provision at Midland Road Nursery School to deliver 10 part time specialist places

Your views are important to us, please take a few minutes to answer our short questionnaires by following the below links:

·         Beechcliffe Special School/Ellar Carr Pupil Referral Unit –

·         Abbey Green and Midland Road Nursery Schools –

·         Fagley Primary School –

If you do not have access to the internet or you would prefer a paper copy of this questionnaire or any of the documents, please contact– 01274 438260 or email: [email protected]

Pre-Consultation documents

If you would like further information about the proposals please refer to the following documents:

  • Pre – Consultation document
  • Maps showing Current and Proposed Provision
  • Consultation Questionnaire

We are also holding a number of public consultation meetings. Please see details of the scheduled events below:

  • Monday 11th November 2019 1.00pm-2.00pm Keighley Library Annexe – Spencer Street, Keighley, BD21 2BN


  • Thursday 14th November 1.45-2.45pm at Bradford City Hall– Centenary Square, Bradford BD1 1HY

The pre-consultation closes on Monday, 18th November 2019. 

All responses must be received by this date. 

Thank you



Dear Parents and Community

The Governing body would like to welcome you to Abbey Green Nursery School We hope your child will be very happy here during their Learning Journey in Education and that you and your family will be able to take part in the services we can offer the community here at Abbey Green. The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school  with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Its responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Setting the school vision and aims
  • Establishing and maintaining the school ethos
  • Setting the school plans and policies
  • Monitoring and evaluating school performance and finances
  • Promoting self evaluation to sustain school improvement

School governors are drawn from different parts of the community and can be parents, staff, from the Local Authority, the community and other groups. This helps ensure the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience but does not mean governors of a particular category represent that group on the governing body.

If you would like to join our Governors as a parent or a community member, please contact the Office in the Reception area to get further information. Looking forward to meeting you.

Register of Interests Governors 2017-2018

Click here to see a list of our current Governors

Aire Valley Nursery Schools Federation attendance  2019-2020


2 Year Old Early Education

Helping you to support your child’s development

What is the Two Year Old Early Education Place?

Two year olds are entitled to free early education if they meet certain eligibility criteria (see eligibility criteria) it is not an entitlement for all children as the three and four year old is. The Local Authority is making available free early education places offering 570 hours a year over no fewer than 38 weeks of the year for children in the Bradford District

What is free early years education for eligible two year olds?

Early year’s education takes place in pre-schools, day nurseries and with childminders. If you are eligible to receive this offer you will be able to choose from a list of groups and childminders who have been approved by Bradford Metropolitan District Council as providers. If eligible, your child will be offered a place for up to 15 hours per week (a total of 570 hours per year) which may be “stretched”, i.e. he/she can attend during school holidays. Your child will be able to attend from the term after he/she is two, up until the end of the term that he/she reaches three. At this point, your child will be part of the three and four year old early years education offer.

What are the eligibility criteria for families?

To qualify for a place you must evidence that you are in receipt of one or more of the following

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit – if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax
  • tax credits and you have an income of £16,190 or less a year, before tax
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:

  • they’re looked after by a local council
  • they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN)or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • they get Disability Living Allowance
  • they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

From September 2019.

The new groups of children to be entitled to an early education place are:

  1. Children of Zambrano Carers;
  2. Children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private/family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights;

3.    Children of a subset of failed asylum seekers (supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 – ‘the 1999 Act’).

How is Early Education paid for?

Early Education is free for 15 hours per week. Money is paid to the provider to enable them to offer the free entitlement. The fund is not paid directly to parents.

Can I take extra hours?

You will need to speak to the early year’s provision to find out if any extra hours are available. If you would like your child to stay for more than the maximum of 570 hours over a year you will have to pay the extra fees. If you work, you may be eligible to claim the ‘childcare’ element of Working Tax Credit, or your employer may provide a Childcare Voucher scheme to help you with the cost of your childcare fees.

How will my child benefit?

Children like to explore the world around them, play with other children and have fun. Good early year’s education from a young age can help to boost child development and that is why we are offering families a chance to get a head start for their children.

Will I have to take all the hours available?

No, you can choose the number and pattern of hours you wish your child to attend. You will need to discuss with the provider the hours you wish to attend and see if these can be accommodated. However the sessions must be:

  • No session longer than 10 hours
  • No session shorter than 2.5 hours
  • Not before 7.00 am or after 7.00 pm.

As minimum parents should be able to access their child’s free early education place in the following patterns:

  • 3 hours a day over 5 days of the week
  • 5 hours a day over 3 days of the week.

Providers may not be able to be open for 15 hours a week or the full 38 weeks a year so may not be able to offer the full free entitlement (for example, independent schools which are usually only open 34 weeks of the year, or a pre school open only 12½ hours a week due to shared premises). In such cases funding will only be made available for the hours delivered.

There is no expectation that all providers should offer all the different patterns of flexibility, but the Local Authority will assess parental need and work with providers to secure an offer that closely matches parental demand wherever possible.

Would I have to stay with my child?

To begin with, you may wish to stay with your child for part of the first few sessions to help your child settle into the early year’s provision. All the groups and childminders have been carefully chosen, based on their experience and good practice, so that you can feel confident that you are leaving your child in a safe and nurturing environment.