Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

Lisa SHi, I am Lisa Solanki and I am the SENDCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator). I have been SENDCo since September 2014 but prior to that was a class teacher in Year 1/2.

Our aim at Fishergate School is that every child should be valued for who they are and given the chance to achieve all that they are able to.

Some children will need extra support to do this because they have special  educational needs.  This is my role! I work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday teaching small groups of children from Early Years to Year 6, over-seeing all Special needs provision in school, meeting other agencies and working with parents.

I can be contacted via the school office who will pass along any messages or emails to me – please be aware that I endeavour to check e-mail on a daily basis but, due to the busy nature of the school day, cannot guarantee to reply on the same day.

Arrangements For The Admission Of Pupils With Disabilities

Fishergate Primary School follows the Admissions Policy laid down by the Local Education Authority, City of York. Please be aware that all admissions are coordinated through the Local Authority. As far as possible, City of York’s Admissions Team will try to meet parental preferences for schools but it is not always possible to do so. Places in schools are limited by the physical space in the school. Fishergate Primary School has an admission limit of 45 children per year group.

We are always pleased to meet new parents in person and show them around. Please contact the school to make arrangements – ask for Ms Solanki, our SENDCo, who will be happy to meet with you in the first instance so that we can do everything reasonably possible to meet your child’s specific needs. Please note that Ms Solanki works in our school on a part-time basis.

A person is considered disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities.

Most children with Special Needs will not be disabled within the meaning of the Act. The admission of pupils with disabilities is considered in the first instance in the same way as non-disabled pupils. Further considerations are made in the light of need and accessibility. It is the Governors’ policy to accommodate pupils with disabilities should parents wish and individual needs are planned for, to prevent any pupils being treated less favourably than other pupils.  In practice we ensure that classroom and extra curricular activities encourage the participation of all pupils, including those categorised as having Special Educational Needs.  Staff organise human and physical resources within the school to increase access to learning and participation by all pupils.

Click here for more information about admission arrangements at Fishergate Primary School.