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Mattersey Primary School

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We are all very proud of our small, welcoming and friendly village school. The staff, parents, governors, pupils and the community work together to achieve the very best for all our children and their families. 

We are situated in the small rural village of Mattersey between Bawtry, Gainsborough and Retford.  Children from our surrounding villages/towns also attend our school. Children may join us from the age of 3 in our nursery until they leave in year 6 when many of our children move to either our main feeder school The Elizabethan Academy, Retford or Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough. 

One of the strengths of our school is that all our children are known personally, their needs can be met individually and we ensure that every child can fulfill their potential in a nurturing and supportive environment. We want our pupils to have the best possible time at school, to become happy, confident and successful learners with the experience of a wide range of curriculum and enrichment opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills. 

If you are interested in joining Mattersey, we would encourage you to visit us and see us in action - you would be made very welcome. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Lucy Wilson
Contact Position
Head Teacher
01777 817265

Where to go

Mattersey Primary School
Thorpe Road
DN10 5ED

Other Details


Other notes

We cater for children from the term after their 3rd birthday. We also offer Breakfast club from 8am and After School Club until 6pm. Holiday club is also available during school holidays and on INSET days.

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Contact Name
Mrs Lucy Wilson
Contact Telephone
01777 817265
Contact Email
Mattersey Primary School
Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

1. What kinds of special educational needs does the school/setting make provision for?

At Mattersey Primary School we aim to include all children regardless of the nature of their special educational need.  Our school is single level, with easy access for wheelchair users. Provision has been made for the following categories of need: 

  • Cognition and Learning needs
  • Communication and Interaction needs
  • Sensory, physical and/or medical needs
  • Anxiety related needs
  • Behaviour, emotional and social needs
2. (For mainstream schools & maintained nurseries only) How does the school/setting know if pupils need extra help and what should I do if I think that my child may have special educational needs?


Pupils have special education needs if they have a learning need that calls for special education provision to be made. Pupils have a learning difficulty if they:

  • Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age
  • Have a disability which prevents or hinders the child from making use of educational facilities of a kinds provided for children of the same age in other schools within the Local Education Authority
  • Is under compulsory school age and falls within the definitions above or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them
  • Pupils must not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because of language or the form of language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught.

If you think, or know, that your child has special educational needs then please speak to your child’s class teacher or the SENCO.

As a school we use a Graduated Response process which helps us to determine if a child has a Special Educational Need.

For further details on the Graduated Response process please see the SEN Policy available on the school website.

If you know, or think, that your child may have a Special Educational Need please contact your child’s class teacher or Lucy Wilson (SENCO) or Paul Higginbottom(Head Teacher). 


3.a) How does the school/setting evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for pupils with special educational needs?

In order to make consistent continuous progress in relation to SEN provision the school encourages feedback from staff, parents and pupils throughout the year. Pupil and parents views will be sought through questionnaires, with individual parent and child feedback sought at review meetings.

Pupil progress will be monitored on a termly basis in line with the SEN Code of Practice. Provision for SEN will be mapped, monitored, reviewed and evaluated in line with school systems for pupil progress. These processes are designed to support pupil progress. Information from pupil progress reviews will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of provision.

There is an annual formal evaluation of the effectiveness of the school SEN provision and policy. The evaluation is carried out by the SENCO, Head Teacher and SEN governor and information is gathered from different sources such as progress data, child, parent and staff surveys, parents evenings and questionnaires. This will be collated and published by the governing body of a maintained school (or the proprietors of Academy schools) on an annual basis in accordance with section 69 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

3.b) How will both the school/setting and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will the school/setting help me to support their learning?

Mattersey Primary School will regularly monitor the progress of all pupils and formally record this at least termly. Staff will then look at the progress being made and consider any further support that may be appropriate.

Reviews will take place at least twice a year and parents will be encouraged to actively take part in these. At these meetings progress will be discussed, future actions decided, new targets set and ideas for how you can support your child will be discussed.

3.c) What is the school's approach to teaching pupils with special educational needs?

At Mattersey Primary School, we aim to offer excellence and choice to all our children, whatever their ability or needs. We have high expectations of all our children. We aim to achieve this through the removal of barriers to learning and participation. We want all our children to feel that they are a valued part of our school community. We aim to create an environment that meets the special educational needs of each child, which will enable them to have full access to all elements of the school curriculum, trips and clubs etc.

3.d) How will the curriculum and learning be matched to my child/young person's needs?

The curriculum will be adapted to meet your child’s needs in a variety of ways. This may include adaptation of a task, differentiation or use of appropriate adult support or resources.

3.e) How are decisions made about the type and amount of support my child/young person will receive?

Decisions made about support are taken by the class teachers and the SENCo, during pupil progress meetings or Review Meetings for SEN pupils.

If further support is required, beyond that which the school is expected to fund, then the SENCo will apply for external funding.

3.f) How will my child/young person be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?

Your child will be included in all trips and extra activities. Sometimes adaptations will be required to enable your child to participate.

3.g) What support will there be for my child/young person's overall well-being?

The well-being of all pupils at Mattersey Primary School is of great importance. School will work closely with parents/carers and other outside agencies to achieve this.

4. (For mainstream schools and maintained nurseries) Who is the school/setting's special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) and what are their contact details.

The person co-ordinating the day to day provision of education for pupils with SEN is Lucy Wilson - Head Teacher/SENCO.

  •  Contact details phone 01777 817265.


5. a) What training have staff supporting special educational needs had and what is planned?

We aim to keep all school staff up to date with relevant training and developments in teaching practice in relation to the needs of pupils with SEN.

Other training for teachers and Teaching Assistants (TAs) will be organised as and when required. If a particular pupils needs require specific staff training then this will be organised e.g. Manual Handling Training

The SENCo attends relevant SEN courses, Family SEN meetings and facilitates/signposts relevant SEN focused external training opportunities for all staff.  Our SENCO has completed the SENCO award at Sheffield Hallam University.




5.b) What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed by the setting/school?

The school continues to build strong working relationships and links with external support services in order to fully support our SEN pupils and aid school inclusion.

Other relevant services include:

  • Medical officers
  • School Nurse
  • Occupational Health
  • Physiotherapy
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Speech and Language
  • Schools and Families Specialist Support Services (SFSS)
  • Educational Psychology
  • Physical Disability Support Service (PDSS)


6. How will equipment and facilities to support pupils with special educational needs secured? How accessible is the school/setting?

A referral the Physical Disability Service can be made for any equipment that the child may need whilst in school, such as plinths, walking aids, personal care requirements etc. The service also provide training for staff and support in writing health care plans, risk assessments and intimate care plans amongst other types of paperwork as required.

A referral for inclusive technology can also be made if the school feel that they cannot meet the needs of the child with the technology already available in school.



7. What are the arrangements for consulting parents of pupils with special educational needs? How will be I involved in the education of my child/young person?


Mattersey Primary School believes that a close working relationship with parents is vital in order to ensure:

 a) early and accurate identification and assessment of SEN leading to the correct intervention and provision

 b) continuing social and academic progress of children with SEN

 c) personal and academic targets are set and met effectively

 Parents can contact their child’s class teacher and/or the SENCO if they have a particular concern about their child and/ or the provision being made for them.

Parents are kept up to date with their child’s progress through progress reports, parent’s evenings, and review meeting where appropriate. In cases where more frequent regular contact with parents is necessary, this will be arranged based on the individual pupil’s needs. The SENCO may also signpost parents of pupils with SEN to the local authority Parent Partnership service where specific advice, guidance and support may be required.

If an assessment or referral indicates that a pupil has additional learning needs the parents and the pupil will always be consulted with regards to future provision. Parents are invited to attend meetings with external agencies regarding their child, and are kept up to date and consulted on any points of action drawn up in regards to the provision for their child.

8. What are the arrangements for consulting young people with SEN and involving them in their education?

As children get older teachers discuss targets and children are encouraged to identify their own areas of need. The views of the child are always sort when preparing for a review with parents and other agencies. They complete a pupil’s views sheet showing their thoughts and feelings before a review meeting and may attend meetings if this is appropriate. 


9. What do I do if I have a concern or complaint about the SEN provision made by the school/setting?

If a parent or carer has any concerns or complaints regarding the care or welfare of their child, an appointment can be made by them to speak to the Head Teacher/SENCO, who will be able to advise on formal procedures for complaint.

10. How does the governing body involve other organisations and services (e.g. health, social care, local authority support services and voluntary organisations) in meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs and supporting the families of such pupils?

The school continues to build strong working relationships and links with external support services in order to fully support our SEN pupils and aid school inclusion.

Sharing knowledge and information with our support services is key to the effective and successful SEN provision within our school. Any one of the support services may raise concerns about a pupil. This will then be brought to the attention of the SENCO who will then inform the child’s parents.

The following services will be involved as and when necessary:

  • School Nurse
  • Occupational Health
  • Physiotherapy
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Speech and Language
  • Schools and Families Specialist Support Services (SFSS)
  • Educational Psychology
  • Physical Disability Support Service (PDSS)
  • Bassetlaw Primary Behaviour Partnership (BPBP)



11. How does the school/setting seek to signpost organisations, services etc who can provide additional support to parents/carers/young people?

Regular meetings provides opportunities for parents and school to discuss the needs of a child. The class teacher/SENCO will have the knowledge to refer/signpost parents to services/groups that are relevant for their child’s needs.

Alternatively parents can access Nottinghamshire’s local offer website which contains information about services available to families. This can be found at: 

12. How will the school/setting prepare my child/young person to: i) Join the school/setting?

Transition from other settings into Mattersey Primary

  • Parents and pupils may come for an informal visit to our setting and discuss the needs of their child with the head teacher/SENCo
  • School will liaise with other setting/parents/other professionals to gather information on the child’s needs prior to them starting at Mattersey
ii) Transfer between phases of education (e.g. early years to primary, primary to secondary etc)?

Transition from Mattersey to another setting

  • School will liaise with parents to ensure a smooth transition into other settings and pass on relevant information
  • Parents of pupils with SEN will be encouraged to visit local education providers with regards to their secondary education from Year Five
  • Staff will actively promote Parents Open Evenings at the local schools and offer assistance if requested by parents
  • Close links with SENCo at chosen setting will be established to assist with a smooth transition and information sharing
  • SENCo of the new setting will be invited to attend review meetings

Where appropriate visits to the new establishment will be arranged to fit around the needs of the child and the arrangements of the new setting in-line with their SEN policy


13. Where can I access further information?

Please contact the Headteacher/SENCO - Mrs Lucy Wilson on 01777 817265, or go to

Information about the services and provision available for families with children and young people with special educational needs in Nottinghamshire can be accessed via the SEND Local Offer -

SEN Information Last Updated On: 10/09/2021

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