Castleton Primary School and Children's Centre

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0113 3200 750 if you have any queries.

Green Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS12 1JZ

Andrea Riley and Alistair Darnell (co headteachers):

0113 2637756

Castleton Primary School and Children's Centre

'Unlocking Potential'

SEND Inclusion

Our Ethos

We believe that every child is entitled to an education and opportunities that enable them to enjoy, achieve and thrive at school and beyond into adulthood. As well as being enriching and enjoyable for its own sake, education must prepare all children for independent living, fulfilling employment and happy relationships. 


We believe in innovation and creative approaches to challenges; and in investing our resources wisely to achieve meaningful impact.

We are optimistic about the future of SEND provision, and realistic about the hard work that must be undertaken to achieve the improvements our children and young people deserve.

Please take a look at our SEND and Inclusion Policy below.


Mrs Darnell (SENDCo)

Contact: 0113 2637756

Miss Tompkins (EYFS SENDCo) 

Contact: 0113 2637756

Our SEND and Inclusion Team

Mrs Darnell (SENDCo) 0113 2637756
Mrs Darnell (SENDCo) 0113 2637756
Mrs Tonkinson (SEN support)
Mrs Tonkinson (SEN support)
Miss Tompkins (EYFS SENDCo)
Miss Tompkins (EYFS SENDCo)
Mrs Riley (Co Headteacher and DSL)
Mrs Riley (Co Headteacher and DSL)
Mr Jones (Inclusion Manager)
Mr Jones (Inclusion Manager)

Leeds Local Offer

Information from the local authority on what is offered to support SEND.


Government Advice on supporting your child

Click here to find out about children's language development:

"Tiny Happy People is here to help you develop your child's language skills. Explore our simple activities and play ideas and find out about babies and toddlers' amazing early development."

Children's language development and parenting advice - BBC Tiny Happy People

SEN information report

Children's Mental Health Week 2023

KS1 Reading Library Activities to try... Kindness Calendar Games, chill out and more... Click for more information Need Help? Games, chill and more...

What are the roles of the different professionals my child may be involved with?

If your child has a special educational need or disability, there could be a range of professionals involved in supporting them in school. Each has expertise in an area which is used to have as complete an approach to your child's needs as possible. Often, only a small number of professionals are involved and your child's class teacher or SENDCo will explain who they are and what they do.


The process of assessment and support for a child with more complex SEND needs can be confusing and complicated. There could be many different specialists involved in different aspects of your child's needs. Below are some of the main professionals who may be involved.


See professionals below:

 Cluster. Cluster are a group of professionals who support families of the local cluster of schools. Cluster offers expertise in family support, improving school attendance and supporting behavioural, emotional and developmental needs. They offer support through a range of strategies including therapies, counselling or courses all aimed at helping young people achieve their best. Cluster referrals are made via school or NHS services.

The cluster has an important role in the Support and Guidance team. This is made up of a wide range of professionals including school who review more complex cases and have access to the full range of support available in Leeds including CAMHS


Educational Psychologist (EP). An EP is a highly trained specialist who supports children and young people with additional needs so that they can maximise their learning. EPs make an assessment of a child's strengths and difficulties and recommend either further investigation or actions aimed at improving a child's ability to access their learning successfully. An EP may become involved if the interventions available to school are not having the desired impact or if an assessment for an EHCP has been applied for. EPs are in very high demand and work on priority cases within school.


 Class teacher - Your child's class teacher is responsible for your child's safety and education. They will use their skills and knowledge to put in place any interventions of adaptations to ensure your child can access their learning successfully. Very often, the class teacher will be able to put in place everything which is needed without the need for professionals outside of school. They are the key person to talk to about any concerns you have about your child and for updates on how your child is doing.


Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator (SENDCo). Every school has a teacher trained as a SENDCo. They have a wide role within school and may have their own class to teach as well. They do not deliver interventions as a SENDCo but are responsible for ensuring that the needs of children with SEND are being met. Their role includes: supporting the identification of children with special educational needs; coordinating SEND provision; liaising with professionals outside of school; supporting school to meet all its legal requirements; developing the strategic SEND policy with the head teacher and governors.



The Neurodiversity information hub - MindMate  is a one-stop information site to support all neurodivergent children, young people and their families (CYPF) in Leeds, at any point in their neurodiversity journey (currently focusing on autism and ADHD). The ‘ND Hub’ is designed to support those with or without any diagnosis, as well as those before and after neurodevelopmental assessments, and beyond. More information is being added all the time, so keep looking back to check!

Useful information/further support for parents

yes Leeds local Offer 


yes Leeds Mindmate 


yes Government Advice for Parents and Carers of children with SEND


yes  Leeds NHS CAMHS information 


yes Leeds SENDIASS


yes  SCOPE


yes Protocol on the use of Reduced Timetables