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Hilltop First School and Foundation Stage

SEND Information

Hilltop is a mainstream school committed to providing the best learning experience possible for each of our pupils.  We have been awarded the RBWM Inclusion Mark (November 2020).


"Quality First Teaching (QFT) is embedded in classrooms as can be seen by the teachers planning and use of Reasonable Adjustments

Communication within the school is excellent: The SENCo knows the pupils with SEND and families well and makes herself available to support staff if required.  The joint planning between the teaching and support staff is particularly effective and this reflects the SENCos/ HT’s understanding of the importance of this."

"Pupils at Hilltop school love their school where they feel happy, safe and included."

RBWM Inclusion Mark Feedback November 2020


Our SEND Co-ordinator is Amanda McArdle  - Tel 01753 863502

Our Governor with responsibility for SEND is Darren James.


The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice became statutory in September 2014. From this date, Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.  The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.  The SEND Local Offer for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead can be accessed here online.


The governing bodies of maintained schools and maintained nursery schools must publish information on their websites about the implementation of the governing body’s policy for pupils with SEND.

SEND Information report 2023

Hilltop First School supports the RBWM Inclusion Charter.
The following video clip is an extract from our online curriculum presentations for parents/carers.


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Useful links for parents / carers


SEND Voices RBWM - Parent Carer Forum

SEND Voices RBWM are an independent, voluntary forum community for parents and carers of children with special needs They work with RBWM professionals to improve services.

Membership is free. To become a member or for more information email:


IAS - Windsor & Maidenhead

The Information, Advice and Support Service for children and young people and parents offers free information, advice and support on all sorts of matters relating to special educational needs and disability (SEND), including education, health and social care.  All their advisers are independently trained to provide accurate information about the law relating to SEND.  A child does NOT need a formal diagnosis to access their support.


National Autistic Society

The UK's leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families.


Autism Berkshire

Autism Berkshire was founded as the Berkshire Autistic Society in 1990 by a group of parents of children with autism, related conditions and challenging behaviours.

Today they are the leading autism charity in Berkshire and deliver quality specialist services, training and social and leisure activities throughout the county, guided by a team of trustees with personal and professional experience of autism.


Parenting Special Children

The Parenting Service offers a wide range of courses and workshops for families of children and young people with special needs for parent/carers.



GEMS is for children, young people and adults who are diagnosed with or who are on the pathway to diagnosis for Autism and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The service also supports parents and carers. Whatever stage of your Autism/ADHD journey you are at pre- or post- diagnosis – GEMS offers a single point of contact where you can access information, advice and support.


The British Dyslexia Association

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is the voice of dyslexic people. They aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential.