Provision for SEND Students

Walton-le-Dale is a highly inclusive school and that ethos is embedded across the school.  We are very proud of our Inclusion Quality Mark Flagship Status and this is integral to the life of the school.


As part of the laws concerning provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities the Local Authority is required to publish details of what it provides in the ‘local area’ for children with special needs and disabilities. You will be able to find this on the Local Authority website.

Schools are also required to publish their provision on their website. Below is an outline of our ethos and practice. However, we would strongly recommend that parents contact us to discuss the specific needs of their child.

Admission of SEN students

Full details of the admission policy for students with special needs can be found in the Local Authority's admission policy which has been adopted by the school (Lancashire is our admission authority). This is the same for all maintained schools in Lancashire.  We would recommend that parents discuss the needs of their child with us as early as possible as we pride ourselves on our support for all students.

Complaints relating to SEND provision

While such complaints are very rare at Walton le Dale High School we deal with SEND complaints in a graduated response.

All SEND complaints will initially be dealt with by Peter Howarth - Deputy Headteacher who will invite parents into school to discuss identified issues. If these cannot be resolved any other relevant staff will be included in meetings and communication. The student concerned will also be involved at relevant times.

Unresolved issues can then be discussed with SEND officer allocated to the school and any other relevant parties.

Parents can also make representation to the link governor for SEND and chair of governors.  Our overall complaints policy can be found on our Policies page.

Disability Equality Scheme & Accessibility Plan

This is available on our Equality Page - .

Lancashire Local Offer

You will find the Local Offer leaflet below.  A very good source of information is the Lancashire Local Offer Facebook page - you will find it at

For students resident in Blackburn, the local offer can be found at this link

Lancashire Newsletter (FIND)

The Lancashire newsletter (FIND) for parent & carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities can be found in the documents below


Support for SEND students on returning to school

Lancashire SEND Information Advice and Support Team (SENDIAS) are offering free advice and courses for parents to help prepare children with SEN to return to school during the coronavirus pandemic.  You will find the advice on their Facebook page here.

SEND Information