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Penhale Infant School & Nursery Inclusion Centre – known as The Rainbow Fish Centre

Penhale Infant School & Nursery Inclusion Centre Known as The Rainbow Fish Centre

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Link to SEN information report:

What the Inclusion Centre offers

The purpose of the Inclusion Centre is to enable children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) whose needs cannot be met in a mainstream school to be educated as an integral part of Penhale Infant School with the opportunity to benefit from aspects of a mainstream school and the specialist support that additionally resourced provision offers.

The Inclusion Centre is commissioned to deliver placements for up to 16 children with complex learning difficulties.

As a new inclusion centre in the city, we have undergone the first phase of a large re-build project to make sure we are able to meet the needs of the children joining us. The school has undergone a striking transformation and we are extremely lucky to have had a soft-play and sensory room installed to support the needs of the children attending. We are looking to further expand next academic year to be able to accommodate a second class within the Rainbow Fish Centre.

Who is able to attend the Inclusion Centre?

Children placed within the Inclusion Centre will:

Have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or in exceptional circumstances will be undergoing the statutory Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment process.

Be in the age range 4 – 9 years;  National Curriculum years R to 4. Children in 3 and 4 will integrate with children at Newbridge Junior School where appropriate.

Be working significantly below age related expectations, for example:

  • Working at 24 – 36-month level towards the Year R programme of study up to the end of Year 2. Working at Year R expectations by the end of Year 4.
  • Show attainment in literacy, numeracy and speech, language and communication skills which act as a significant barrier to learning and accessing the curriculum.
  • Have associated physical/medical/sensory needs and delays in health and self-care skills.

Demonstrate the social skills to be included in some aspects of a mainstream classroom with support, or work towards this.

How do we make sure we provide a quality education for SEND children?

  • National standards as monitored through Ofsted Inspections which are available on our website
  • Local Authority monitoring of pupil progress
  • Use challenge partners from other specialist settings


How to get a place at the school

All children to be considered for admission will be referred via the Inclusion Support Panel (ISP). Placement decisions will be made, taking into consideration age, distance from home and peer group.

Following agreement at ISP, a formal request will be made in writing by the Council to the school accompanied by the child’s Education, Health and Care Plan, parental views, annual review report and copies of all professional reports.

On receipt of a request for admission the head teacher and governors will consider the child’s needs and reply to the SEN Team within 15 days confirming either a place is available and arrangements for the child’s admission will proceed or that the school is unable to offer a place


Who to contact if you are unhappy with the school or to make a complaint

Initially in writing to the Headteacher.  Further details of the complaints procedure can be obtained from the school.

Contact Details for further information

As above

Penhale Infant School & Nursery

Lincoln Road,




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