This area of the site is to provide information on the work our SENCO has been doing to support children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) and their parents.

A Message from the SENCO

At Rothwell Infants we pride ourselves on being an Inclusive School. We get to know our  children with SEND as individuals so that we can put in place what we need to, to meet their specific needs.

If your child has SEND this is what you can expect from us –

  • An ‘Open door’ policy
  • Termly review meetings where you will be invited to come in and discuss how your child is getting on
  • Involved in the setting of targets on your child’s IEP
  • Parents SEND Forum where your voice as a parent can be both heard and valued
  • Your child’s voice being heard through One Page Profiles
  • High Aspirations for your child with a focus on celebrating their strengths and working on strengthening their areas of difficulties
  • Your child’s well being a priority at all times
  • A commitment to working together at any difficult times your child may have with a solution focussed approach

Joanna Loomes SENCo Rothwell Infants School




Every morning, we provide Sensory Circuits for children with SEND, children who need support with concentration and children with sensory processing difficulties. The children enjoy these sessions and their comments include that 'Sensory Circuits help me to calm down', 'they help me to wake up in the morning', 'sensory cicuits help me to get stronger' and 'they help me with my work'. The teachers have found that Sensory Circuits help the children to concentrate and come to class ready to learn.

Our school dog, Ruby, comes into school once per week and spends time in each classroom.  She supports children that are feeling anxious, children that are finding it difficult to engage in class and children with SEND. She has a huge impact on pupil wellbeing.  Children's comments include 'she helps all of us to feel happy when we stroke her', 'we have lots of fun playing with her', 'she's helped me to not be scared of dogs', 'she's cute and makes me smile' and 'she helps me to calm down'. When Ruby is not here we have six cuddly Ruby toys to keep us company instead.

Every term we meet and discuss different areas of SEND.  The meetings give parents the opportunity to get involved in what the school is doing to support their children.