Longridge Towers - Early Years Provision

Monday to Friday 08:30 until 16.45 term time only

Our Early Years Department offers care and education for children aged 3 to 5 years. We provide a safe, happy and stimulating environment in which children can develop their understanding of the world through play and active experiences both within the classroom and in our extensive school grounds. We understand that each child is unique and so we offer personalised learning with the aim of nurturing resilience, capability and confidence.

We believe that young children learn best by ‘doing’ because they can actively and naturally explore, discover, experiment and practise their newly learned skills. In supporting children’s natural desire to play and interact with their environment, we encourage them to discover things for themselves and to continue to build their knowledge base.

Our Early Years Curriculum is enhanced by specialist music, French and P.E. teachers, numerous trips out and about in one of our school minibuses and visits into the settings from professionals to share their area of expertise with the children. We also are fortunate to benefit from the special collaborative partnerships which we form with parents.

Topics are very much child initiated; last year they included looking at 'Ourselves', 'Autumn and seasonal changes', 'Homes', 'People Who Help Us' and 'Dinosaurs'. There is no knowing which new topics we will uncover next!

We offer flexible sessions from 08.30 until 16.45 and are able to offer Government funded entitlement for 15 hours per week for families north of the border and for 30 hours for those living in England. We hold a minimum of three ‘Stay and Play’ sessions annually however we welcome visits to our setting by prior arrangement at any time. Please contact us for further details.

There is no such thing as a typical day within the Early Years setting! Every day is different and full of fresh challenges. We, the staff, feel that we are fortunate to be a part of such a special place.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Sandra Bullen
Contact Position
Deputy Head
01289 307584

Where to go

Longridge Towers School
Cornhill Road
Berwick upon Tweed
TD15 2XQ

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Monday to Friday 08:30 until 16.45 term time only
Time of day

Other details

Please contact school for details

Local Offer

Local Offer Description

Longridge Towers Early Years Department Local Offer

 What is the Local Offer?

From September 2014 every Local Authority will be required to publish information about services they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from birth to 25 who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND); and also services outside of the area which they expect children and young people from their area will use. This will be known as the ‘Local Offer’

 1.   How does the Early Years setting know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities?  

Longridge Towers is an independent co-educational day and boarding school offering education for children from the age of 3 – 18 years. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and offer Free Entitlement for eligible children in the Reception class. We are a non-selective setting.  

We identify children with special educational needs in the following ways:

  • Previous records and discussions with parents/carers and other settings.
  • Careful observations of the child in school.
  • Experienced and well qualified staff.
  • Assessments both in-house and external if appropriate.
  • Our staff work closely with parents, we operate an ‘open door’ policy and welcome comments and queries.  We believe children learn better if they see teachers and parents working together for their benefit.
  • If we have concerns regarding your child’s development we will talk to you about why we feel support may be needed.
  • Parents can talk to the Deputy Head/Early Years Manager and the Head of Junior Department daily, and can make appointments for a longer or more formal meeting through the school office (01289 307584).

  2.    How will the Early Years setting staff support my child?  

  • Longridge Towers is well resourced in terms of staff and equipment.
  • Staff including the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo) will work closely with you, explaining the support we are providing, and progress made.
  • We will produce Individual Education Plans (IEPs) in collaboration with you. The plans will be reviewed and amended regularly.
  • We will develop a shared approach to support and education so your child has a consistent approach with home and school.
  • We will communicate regularly through daily conversation, email or Daily Diaries to provide feedback.
  • We will keep careful records charting progress.
  • We will liaise with other agencies as appropriate.
  • We will attend training to familiarise ourselves with specific conditions and the best methods of supporting these children.
  • We have an on-site qualified Matron who assists with the management of medical conditions.

 3.    How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

  • Our approach is child-centred.
  • We are able to tailor our curriculum to each child’s starting point and learning style.
  • We use previous records, discussions with parents and in-house observations to ascertain your child’s starting point and future needs.
  • All lessons are differentiated allowing every child to access the curriculum at their level in order to make progress.
  • Our positive ethos builds confidence and self-esteem to support learning.  IEPs will be created where necessary and shared with you.
  • Individual support sessions are delivered where necessary.
  • We work closely with other agencies to support individual needs as necessary.

 4. How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?

  • Our open-door policy encourages you to feel welcome at any time so you should always feel there is the opportunity to discuss your child and see their work.
  • We hold regular parental meetings to give an overview of your child’s progress.  However, we are happy to discuss progress with parents throughout the term.
  • We hold Stay and Play sessions each term where you can join your child in class and see their work.
  • Your child’s learning and progress will be tracked using a Learning Journey, to which we ask you to add comments regularly.
  • If needed, we can access specialist support from LIST (Northumberland Locality Inclusion Support Team) or from The Northumberland Early Years Inclusion team.
  • If you are not able to visit the setting, you are welcome email your child’s teacher or the Head of Junior Department with queries or comments.
  • Each child has a Daily Diary which is a valuable way of sharing information between home and school.
  • Workshops and information evenings are held to explain our approach to various aspects of learning, e.g. phonics.

 5. What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?

  • Our Safeguarding policies are regularly reviewed and are available for you to read on our website.
  • Our strong ethos is based on developing the whole child, encouraging them to reach their full potential. We aim to nurture resilience, capability and confidence. 
  • Our department is protected by door code admission and fenced play areas. We follow the guidelines for Safe Recruitment and all staff have DBS documentation.
  • Small classes ensure we know each child well, and have time to liaise with you regularly.
  • Our Personal, Social and Emotional Development programme focusses upon the key areas: self-confidence and self-awareness, making relationships and health and self-care.
  • Children are listened to and encouraged to resolve difficulties independently, but supported through the process by staff where necessary.
  • Behaviour expectations are gently reinforced by all staff.
  • Regular staff meetings enable staff to disseminate information regarding individual children – emerging needs, friendships, playtime difficulties etc. so all staff are aware and can support your child.
  • Our school Matron advises us on health issues and administers medicines as appropriate.
  • Staff are good role models for good manners and caring behaviour.
  • We always seek additional support and advice from professional agencies when needed.

 6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the Early Years setting?

  • We draw on the experience of our whole school Special Needs team when required.
  • We access specialist services such as an Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language therapist and Occupational therapist via LIST as appropriate.
  • We access local authority support wherever possible.
  • We attend training for specific needs as appropriate.    

 7. What qualification and training do staff, supporting children with SEND, hold or have access to?

  • All staff are qualified with QTS (teachers) and NVQ Level 3 or higher (teaching assistants). The Early Years Manager is currently undertaking the National Award for SEN Coordination and both she and the Head of Junior Department have attended Northumberland Toolkit training and attend many of the training/update courses provide by the Early Years SLA. The SENDCo in the Senior School is undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Managing the Role of the SENDCo, validated by Worcester University.

 8. How will my child be included in activities outside the Early Years setting including trips?

  • A close working relationship with all parents ensures we discuss needs and provide inclusive activities both in and out of school for all children.
  • Enhanced staffing ratios are employed as necessary for outings.
  • Only accessible and inclusive locations would be chosen for outings.
  • Our risk assessment procedures ensure all aspects of visits are safe and appropriate for all pupils.

 9. How accessible is the Early Years setting environment (indoors and outdoors)? 

  • Whilst the Early Years room is wheelchair friendly (via a standard sized single doorway and ramp), other school buildings are not currently fully wheelchair accessible. This is being reviewed at present.
  • Disabled toilet facilities are available in the Key Stage 2 building. There is a staff toilet in the Early Years building but this is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Visual timetables are used where appropriate.
  • We will access training to support particular needs.
  • We will discuss needs for equipment and facilities to support specific needs.

 10. How will the Early Years setting prepare and support my child to join the setting or to transfer to a new setting/school?

  • A transition policy written in conjunction with cluster schools and setting in the local area.
  • Several visits to school for Stay and Play sessions.
  • A home visit if required.
  • A preschool visit if appropriate
  • Meetings with therapists and carers as appropriate.

 11. How are the early years setting’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

  • As an independent setting, funding may not be available through Local Authority routes. The school provides support wherever possible through existing staff and the in-house Special Needs team.
  • The school purchases additional Special Needs support and advice through an annual agreement with LIST.

 12. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?         

  • A decision for level of support will be made in by the EYFS Manager/SENDCo in conjunction with the Head of Junior Department in response to observations, assessments and reports. Parents will be involved in discussions and decisions at every level.

 13. How are parents involved in the early years setting? How can I be involved?

We encourage parents to support our work at home by:

  • Helping with activities as appropriate e.g. reading.
  • Supporting children to achieve their targets on an IEP.
  • Supporting our ‘Golden Rules’ out of school.
  • Having open discussions regarding progress.

 14. Who can I contact for further information?  

Head of Longridge Towers School – Jonathan Lee

Head of Junior Department– Sarah Maddock

Deputy Head and  SENDCo – Sandra Bullen


Contact Name
Sandra Bullen
Contact Telephone
01289 307584
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Early Years (0-4 years)

Last updated on: 01/04/2020

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