The Education Act 1996 says that a child or young person has a special educational need (SEN) if they have a learning difficulty or disability which requires for special educational provision to be made for them.

A learning difficulty means that a young person either:

  • has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age
  • has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.

Special educational provision means educational provision, which is additional to, or different from, the provision made generally for young people of the same age in a mainstream school.

Carnforth High School aims to support the educational needs of all our learners. Our commitment is to the needs of every child, setting appropriate learning challenges, responding to each learner’s need, and supporting those with SEND in moving between phases in education. This will enable all learners to achieve their best possible educational outcomes and achieve greater independence and confidence.

The teachers and Learning Support Assistants of the SEN Department are personally committed to making sure that all students are provided with high quality teaching that is differentiated and personalised and will meet the needs of the majority of young people. At Carnforth High School, every teacher is a teacher of every child or young person including those with SEN and they will endeavour to ensure that provision is made for those who need it.

Special educational provision is underpinned by high quality teaching and is not compromised by anything less. We are committed to raising the aspirations of and expectations for all students with SEN, with a focus on outcomes for all students and not just hours of provision/support.

Please do not hesitate to contact Lorraine Carrington on or on 01524 732424 at the school should you wish to discuss a specific SEN issue further.

Managing Special Medical Needs – Information for Parents

Students with special medical needs have the same right of admission to school as other children and cannot be excluded from the school on medical grounds alone.

The school endeavours to ensure that all its students achieve success in their academic work, in their relationships and in their day to day experiences at the school. Some of our students are likely to have medical needs which mean that additional measures are required to ensure that they have full access to the curriculum.

All staff working with the student, understand the nature of their difficulties so that the impact of their medical difficulties upon their life in The school is minimised as far as possible. While there is no legal or contractual duty on staff to administer medicines or supervise students taking their medicines, nevertheless, we would wish to support our students where we can.


Our school aims to:

  • Provide a safe and secure environment for all students
  • Assist parents in providing medical care for their children.
  • Educate staff in respect of special medical needs.
  • Adopt and implement any national or LEA policies in relation to medication in schools.
  • Arrange training for staff who volunteer to support individual students with special medical needs.
  • Liaise as necessary with medical services, parent/carers, in support of the student.
  • Keep controlled drugs safely in a locked, non-portable container
  • Accurately record all medications taken in the school

Please do not hesitate to contact Lorraine Carrington on or on 01524 732424 at the school should you wish to discuss a specific medical matter further.

Related documents

Document Name Updated Type
SEND Information Report 2021-22 20 Jan 2022 .pdf
CHS Impact of Catch Up Premium Budget 2019-20 20 Jan 2022 .pdf

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