Our School

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Staff have expert knowledge of what and how to teach."

"The curriculum is ambitious for all pupils."

"Staff are swift to identify pupils who may have additional needs. This information is used to help pupils through high-quality interactions and individualised support."

"Consequently, all pupils usually achieve well, and they are well-prepared for the next stages of education."

"The school has made helpful adjustments to ensure that pupils with additional needs are welcome and included in classrooms.

 OFSTED February 2024

Mainstream SEND

Our SEND policies and information report can be found at the bottom of this page. 

The Acorn Centre

The Acorn Centre supports pupils with High Communication and Interaction Needs (High COIN) from Reception to Year 6.

Every child in our Centre has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Admissions to the centre are through the Local Authority.


  • Our Centre provides specialist teaching of English, Mathematics and PSHE.
  • We run a three-year rolling Literacy curriculum across our two classes using quality text. 
  • To support the children in acquiring and developing their Mathematics skills, we follow the White Rose Maths scheme of work.
  • A life skills programme is run in the afternoons. Each year group spends one afternoon a week with members of our intervention team, learning a variety of skills to prepare them for their future.


  • Speech and Language Therapy: We have a speech and language therapist and two speech and language therapist assistants on site for two to three days a week. Our trained SEND assistant also provides further speech and language interventions.
  • Social and Emotional Support: Zones of Regulation is used to support pupils' understanding of their emotions and those of others. Part of this approach involves teaching pupils which tools and strategies support them in managing their emotions.
  • Occupational Therapy: Activities and exercises detailed in a child’s EHCP is carried out during the school day. Additional OT activities are planned in class. 

Pupils interact positively and respectfully in lessons, and learning is rarely disrupted."

Ofsted, 2024


  • We aim for children to include with their mainstream class for around 50% of their time in school. This is usually during the afternoon but we work closely with mainstream staff to tailor additional times when it would be beneficial for the children to include with their mainstream class.

As a result, pupils are eager to engage, and enjoy a keen interest in learning.

Ofsted, 2024


The Acorn Centre is an integral part of Ashford Park Primary School, but admissions to the Centre is determined by the local authority (LA).

Surrey's SEND Local Offer. Please visit the link below to find SEND services across Surrey, including schools and other education and training providers. If you require further information you can contact the SEND Local Offer by phone and email or through their website:

Website: surreylocaloffer.org.uk

Email: localoffer@surreycc.gov.uk

Tel: 0300 2001004

Surrey SEND Local Offer

PLEASE NOTE: the decision around a place in a specialist centre will depend on whether the child will benefit from mainstream teaching alongside their mainstream peers.

Please click below for details of the Surrey County Council arrangements for applying for place at the Acorn Centre:

Surrey Admissions