Our School

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)


"Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities make strong progress from their starting points because they receive high-quality care and teaching to meet their specific needs."


Mainstream SEND

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

The Acorn Centre

The Acorn Centre consists of:

  • Reception & KS1 class for children with High Communication and Interaction Needs (High COIN)

  • KS2 class for children with Learning and Additional Needs (LAN).

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

Are you looking to learn about the provision in the Acorn Centre? Please find a YouTube clip that explains the setup of the Centre and the facilities we have - ENJOY!


The Acorn Centre at Ashford Park Primary School


  • 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 three days a week. Our trained SEN assistant provides further speech and language interventions on the alternate days
  • Social and Emotional Support: All children are base lined and profiled using Thrive. Identified children receive Thrive interventions in addition to the social and emotional work children engage with in class
  • 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
  • Cooking: Children have the opportunity to learn and develop culinary skills and safety in the kitchen throughout the year

"The school is strongly inclusive and equal opportunities are well promoted. Good relationships are evident throughout the school. Discrimination is not tolerated." OFSTED 2014


  • 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.
  • Children are supported in groups of up to four by a learning support assistant whilst in their mainstream class.

"Pupils in the Acorn Centre make outstanding progress because of high-quality teaching."



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