OFSTED 2022..."Pupils describe West Horndon as being a big family. Staff know pupils well. Pupils are proud to be part of such a welcoming school...Leaders have high aspirations for all pupils. Pupils rise to meet these expectations. All staff share this vision. Leaders make sure pupils have a wide set of experiences. These help pupils develop into confident individuals. Pupils develop their self-esteem through extra responsibilities...Leaders have developed an inspirational curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of pupils at West Horndon. ..The whole school environment is a celebration of language and vocabulary...Pupils are well behaved in lessons and around school. They know the school rules...Leaders consider staff’s workload and well-being. Staff enjoy working at the school and feel supported by leaders." Pupils do not disrupt lessons. Pupils always do their best and want to make their teachers proud of what they can achieve. 2024 New Intake Prospective Parent Tours 2nd Oct at 10.30am, 30th Nov at 9.30am and 11 Jan at 9.30am Please call the school office or email admin@westhorndon.essex.sch.uk to book a space.

Enhanced Provision for Speech and Language Development

West Horndon Enhanced Provision:
At West Horndon Primary School, we understand and celebrate every child as an individual and are proud to be an inclusive school. This is reflected, not least, in our Enhanced Provision for children with specific Speech and Language conditions. This provision is based in Chestnut Class. Children within Chestnut Class have access to intensive speech therapy sessions and a higher adult:pupil ratio. The statutory curriculum is delivered through quality-first teaching to meet every child's needs and ensure they make progress over time.
Admissions Process:
From the academic year 2024-25, admission into our Enhanced Provision will be follow a different process than in years gone by. The new model will be a ‘Dual Registration Model’. This means pupils will begin their school experience in a mainstream school of their parents’ choosing. During the Autumn Term, specialist staff at West Horndon Primary School will conduct school visits with our colleagues in the NHS to assess suitability for a place at our Enhanced Provision. If Speech and/or Language difficulties are not deemed to be the child’s primary need, we will not continue the process as the child would be unsuitable for our Enhanced Provision. If specialist staff at West Horndon Primary School and specialist staff at the NHS agree on suitability, we will offer a Dual Registration Placement (DRP). This simply means the pupil will remain on roll at the original mainstream school and will stay on their roll for as long as they remain at West Horndon Enhanced Provision. When staff at West Horndon Primary School and the NHS agree the child has finished their placement at West Horndon Enhanced Provision, they will return to the mainstream school they remain dual registered at.
Wider Opportunities:
Despite the bespoke needs of children with speech and language conditions, we also recognise that developing social skills beyond the classroom and opportunities to communicate with a wide range of people is also highly valuable. As such, we endeavour to offer a range of chances for children from the Enhanced Provision to integrate with their mainstream peers and Chestnut Class are very much part of the school community. In addition, regular opportunities to communicate and practise developing speech and language skills are provided through a regular variety of educational visits that promote speaking and listening. All of the aforementioned is part of our ongoing transition programme which increases the chances of a successful return mainstream primary education at the original school.
We welcome visits to Chestnut Class for prospective parents of children with Speech and Language conditions and are more than happy to discuss the provision and/or the application process in more detail. Please contact Miss Griffin (Enhanced Provision SENDCo and Early Years Lead) or Mr Jepson (Deputy Headteacher and SENDCo) via the school office (admin@westhorndon.essex.sch.uk) to make an appointment or for an informal discussion.
For general information about our special educational needs provision, choose the SEND & Disability option in the 'About Us' tab, or simply click on the link below.