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Special Educational Needs and The Acorn Centre


"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."

                                                                                                                                   OFSTED OCTOBER 2018

The Acorn Centre consists of:

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

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

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


  • Our Centre provides specialist teaching of Literacy, Numeracy and PSHE.
  • We run a three-year rolling programme across KS1 and KS2 to ensure our pupils learn through a range of interesting topics in each key stage.
  • 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 two speech and language therapists on site for three days a week. Our trained SEN assistant provides further speech and language interventions on the alternate days.
  • Thrive: All children have a baseline assessment. Identified children receive Thrive interventions.
  • Occupational Therapy: Activities and exercises detailed in a child’s EHCP are timetabled to be carried out by our specialist SEN assistant. Additional OT activities are planned in class.
  • Phonics and Reading: Additional to the specialist teaching children receive in class, identified children receive further phonics and reading sessions with one of our specialist SEN assistants.
  • Cooking: Once a week each class takes part in a cooking lesson to teach culinary skills and safety in the kitchen.

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


  • Early Years – We aim for the children to be included in their mainstream class as much as possible to benefit from this continuous provision and enriched environment. Children still receive interventions as appropriate.
  • Year 1 – 6: We aim for children to be included with their mainstream class for around 50% of the time. 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 be included 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." OFSTED 2014


Please be advised that there are NO Acorn Centre spaces available for entry in 2019 - 2020.

Despite being an integral part of Ashford Park Primary School, admission to the Acorn Centre is determined by the local authority (LA) selection panel process, for children with an EHCP for COIN at KS1 and LAN at KS2. 

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:



Tel: 0300 2001004

Please find the link to the SEND Surrey, 'Finding the right primary school in Surrey'. Your guide to schools for children with special educational needs and disabilities in Surrey.

Please follow the links below to Ashford Park's local offer for Special Educational Needs and the Provision for Additional Support:

Special Educational Needs information report

Provision for Additional Support

PLEASE NOTE: the decision around a LAN special school or 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


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Ashford Park
Primary School

Station Crescent, Ashford, Middlesex, TW15 3HN

01784 250305

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