Coombe Wood School


What is Inclusion?

The SEND Code of Practice (Jan 2015) states that a child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.

A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

  • Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or

  • has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.

All Croydon Schools are committed to and adopt a similar approach to meeting the needs of all students including those with special educational needs. There is a shared expectation that all students, regardless of their specific needs, should be offered inclusive teaching which will enable them to make the best possible progress in school and ensure they can actively participate in the wider aspects of school life and support readiness for the next phase of education.

All students, regardless of their particular needs, are offered inclusive teaching which will enable them to make the best possible progress in school and feel that they are a valued member of the wider school community. 

As a school, Coombe Wood School works within the Croydon Local Authority guidance on Provision for Children with Special Educational Needs (SEND) in mainstream schools which explains the ways pupils and students with different additional needs are provided for within school. For more information on the Croydon Local Offer, click the link below:

Croydon Local Offer (Family Information Service website)

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child and SEN needs, please contact Ms Boateng, SENCo here.

For more information see the links below: 

CWS SEND Information Report 2022/23

CWS SEND Information Report 2021/22

CWS SEND Information Report 2020/21


CWS Equality Policy

CWS Accessibility Plan


Summary of communication and response times.

We welcome feedback from our parents and families, please see below the communication timescales for your perusal. Communications sent over the weekend or during published school holidays will not be responded to until school opening times resume.

Method of Communicating

Suggested Time Scale



  • Acknowledged within 3 working days
  • Responded to within 10 working days




  • Acknowledged within 2 working days
  • Responded to within 5 working days


Telephone Calls


  • Returned within 2 working days not including weekends and holidays.


Face to Face Meetings


  • Appointments requested in advance via phone call or email and responded to within the above time periods.


Locality SEND Support in Mainstream Schools

1. A brief guide for parents and carers

2. A detailed guide for parents and carers

3. Locality SEND Support – Information for Locality

Where can I go for further advice and support?