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Moving into primary school

Choosing a primary school for your child with SEN or a disability

When choosing a school for your child with special educational needs, you will need to know how much support will be available to them in ensuring that they can take a full part in school life.  Schools must publish information about their provision for special educational needs on their website.

If your child has a physical disability, you are likely to be interested in how easily your child will be able to move around the school buildings and access all aspects of school life. Information about access must be provided on school websites.

Herefordshire Council's schools directory also provides an accessibility rating for each school, which shows which accessibility standards the school meets. You can read more about school accessibility and how the council are working with schools to improve accessibility to facilities and learning opportunities for all pupils.

Once you have an idea of a few schools, it is always best to visit and find out, by talking with staff and with other parents, what they will be able to offer your child. If your child is in a nursery or pre-school setting you should be able to discuss moving into primary school with the teachers, and with other professionals supporting your child. 

Moving into primary school

In the spring term, when your child's school place has been confirmed, staff from the new school will visit your child in their pre-school setting to understand their needs and to start preparing for their move to reception class. Visits to schools are arranged for all children, including those with disabilities. Your child's pre-school may invite you, and anyone else involved in your child's care, to attend a transition meeting with staff from your chosen school so that you can plan together for a smooth and positive transition from their early years setting to school.