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Ellacombe School
Ellacombe Church Road, TQ1 1TG Torquay
01803 293040

Message from the Head:

Dear Parents/Carers

When you hand your child over to the school at 8.55 the Headteacher and her staff assume parental responsibilities until the end of the school day. With so many children on the premises it is obvious that rules have to be made for the safety of all. We ask you to co-operate by making sure that your child understands his/her responsibilities to others, and ultimately, your child will enjoy the benefits of working and playing in a safe and happy environment.


Look after our school environment

 Every day think of your own and others safety

 Always be kind and courteous

 Respect other peoples property

 Neat and tidy uniforms should be worn with pride

We try to be consistent in encouraging good behaviour.

Good behaviour and courtesy are rewarded in “Special Mentions” Assemblies when children receive stickers. Whole classes can win a rosette for courtesy and punctuality. Merit assemblies are held twice a term when children are rewarded certificates for effort, achievement and good /improved behaviour.

Dealing with Bullying in School

Any complaints about bullying in any form should be reported to the class teacher. Children should be encouraged to tell staff if they are being bullied. Incidents will be dealt with and children need not fear reprisals from the bully. We would be grateful if you would inform us of incidents, however minor - it is often more effective to deal with matters at an earlier rather than a later stage.


“ Ellacombe School strives to help our children achieve their full potential in a secure, caring and happy environment.”

This will be achieved by :

  • promoting equality of opportunity
  • having high expectations of work and behaviour
  • being supportive to pupils and parents


Admissions to Ellacombe School

School admission policies are the responsibility of the Local Education Authority. Each Torbay school serves a particular area, but parents may apply for a place in any school. The Annual Planned Admission Level in this school is 60 (from September 1999).

There is one point of entry in the school:

Children whose fifth birthday falls between September 1 and the 31 August in the following year are admitted at the beginning of the Autumn Term.

You can apply for a school place but defer your child’s entry until later in the academic year without jeopardising the offer of a place.

In the event of a child being refused admission to the school, the parent will have the right to appeal to the School Admissions Appeal Committee.


Teachers have been involved in the development of the school’s Special Educational Needs policy. All teachers are teachers of children with Special Educational Needs and retain responsibility for each child in their class. Their role is further laid down in the staged procedure.

The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and the Special Educational Needs Team

Mrs Hopcroft, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, working closely with fellow teachers has the responsibility for the day-to- day operation of the school’s Special Educational Needs policy.

  • to manage the SEN budget appropriately
  • co-ordinating provision for pupils with SEN particularly at Stage 2 & 3
  • liaising with the Headteacher and appointed Governor
  • liaising with outside agencies
  • updating the Register and necessary administration
  • planning I.E.P.s for behaviour
  • review procedures
  • co-ordinating the team
  • keeping files up to date
  • arrange and contribute to Inset sessions
  • provide feedback from relevant meetings and courses
  • provide in class support
  • assist with informal assessment/observation of pupils causing concern
  • supporting staff in developing a whole school policy
  • ensure that all staff are informed when pupils are experiencing significant difficulties
  • to be responsible for arrangements relating to pupils with Statements
  • to ensure continuity of policy and SEN information between classes
  • to work with colleagues to encourage differentiation of task and outcome with curriculum activities
  • planning and reviewing I.E.P.s of an academic nature
  • consulting with teachers
  • co-ordinating S.E.N. Learning Support Assistant support for children on I.E.P.s
  • to contribute to Inset sessions

Learning Support Assistant for Special Educational Needs – Mrs Garrattley – and others.

S.E.N. Learning Support Assistants work with children on I.E.P.s., this support may be withdrawal, group support or in class support.

Produce differentiated materials, games etc.

In addition to this Mrs Garrattley carries out weekly key word spelling tests (where appropriate) for children on I.E.P.s. She works with groups of children developing social skills. This social skills training is in addition to that undertaken in class.

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