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SEND & Inclusion

SEND at Bishop Wood

The whole team at the school is committed to providing a welcoming and stimulating environment to support the needs and develop the learning of the children in the community.  Every child and family in our community is valued and diversity is celebrated.  Our school is staffed by a team of qualified teachers and teaching assistants.  The school provides a broad and balanced curriculum in a safe, stimulating and caring environment which allows everyone to achieve, develop, learn and grow.

Our SEND Leader, Mrs Jane Guest, can be contacted directly via

Please follow the links below for statutory documents:

SEND Vision

At Bishop Wood we put the needs of the children at the centre of everything we do.  All members of staff have high expectations for all pupils. We believe that all children have the right to access the curriculum and be part of our inclusive setting. Every child is getting their needs met by Quality First Teaching in the classrooms. Highly effective teachers and TAs understand the needs of the children and are able to implement the curriculum well.

Parents/carers are involved in every step of the process and work collaboratively with the school.

Pupil/Family Support Worker

At Bishop Wood, we are very lucky to have a Pupil and Family Support worker: Mrs. Melanie Matthews.

Mrs Matthew’s role is to support pupils who need encouragement and support in all aspects of school life. She can liaise with Family, teachers and pupils to help find strategies to support with a whole range of topics. Topics could include motivation, dysregulation, personal care and everyday worries.

If you feel this is something that your child would benefit from email:

Local Offer From Hertfordshire

As part of the SEN reforms, Hertfordshire County Council has to provide access to information of what is on offer across the county.

The Local Offer lets parents and young people know what special educational needs and disabilities services are available in Hertfordshire, and who can access them.  Please follow the link for further information on the Hertfordshire Local Offer.

Dacorum DSPL

Dacorum DSPL (DSPL Area 8) is one of 9 areas in Hertfordshire where parents, early years settings, primary and secondary schools, further education, local authority professionals and other agencies work together to review what is available and develop provision to fill in the gaps.

What is Delivering Special Provision Locally (DSPL)?

DSPL is a Hertfordshire-wide partnership approach where parents, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies, work together as part of an Area Group, reviewing and developing the range of provision and support services available to their local community that:

  • Meets the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), aged 0-25, as close to home as possible.
  • Improves outcomes for wellbeing and attainment
  • Widens choice for children and parents/carers
  • Removes barriers to learning
  • Uses resources more effectively

For more DSPL8 information and resources, please click here.

Other Useful Websites

Families In Focus

Young Minds

National Autistic Society


Families First

SENDIASS Hertfordshire

Made By Dyslexia

The Dyslexia SpLD Trust

Child Mind Institute

Zones of Regulation

At Bishop Wood, we have decided that the whole school will take part in the ‘Zones of Regulation’ intervention.  We hope that this will enable the children to manage, and recognize, difficult emotions and begin to understand what they can do to help themselves.


Should you feel the need to make a complaint regarding SEN provision, the school complaints procedures can be found on our policies page here.