Fossdene Primary


Our SENCO is Mrs. Samantha List.

She can be contacted by phone or email at


Fossdene’s culturally diverse community works together to create a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum which goes beyond entitlement to extend and enrich each child's experience and appreciation of the world.

We promote a sense of personal worth in an atmosphere of trust, respect and mutual support, and build in children a life-long love of learning.

We create a learning environment that is happy, safe and stimulating.  It challenges and encourages all children, without exception, to strive for excellence in all aspects of their lives so they may become contributing, empowered and fulfilled members of our society.

Teachers use carefully planned differentiated activities to enable all learners to grow in confidence, skills and knowledge, work to the best of their potential and to make progress.

We are committed to an inclusive practice to ensure that children can work happily and co-operatively alongside each other.

Some learners may require more specific or targeted support. Below is a list of the professionals / additional resources we employ for children who need this additional support:

Educational Psychologist

The school buys into RBG Educational Psychology (EP) service. EPs look at how children and young people experience life within school and home environments and how different factors in these contexts interact with each other. They work collaboratively with parents, schools and other professionals to identify strategies to help.

 Greenwich ASD Outreach Service

RBG ASD Outreach provide support and guidance for children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).

 Music Therapy

The school buys into Oxleas music therapy to help develops the child’s positive sense of self, resilience and understanding of their role within relationships by the child and the therapist making music together in a safe, non-judgemental, therapeutic environment.

 Sensory Provision

Our Sensory Room enables children to settle to work by releasing tension or addressing sensory needs. Sessions are carried out by the class LSA.

 Social Communication Service

The school buys into the RBG social communication service to advise on how to develop these children who have difficulty with social interactions and communication. The outreach worker runs some specific groups for our children and advises our LSAs on running additional groups and individual programmes.

 Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)

The school buys into Oxleas Speech and Language Therapy Service. The SENCO will make a referral to Speech and Language. Some children require intensive SALT, whilst others require a few sessions. The therapist will always provide a programme. This programme will be followed in school and there is an expectation that it will also be followed at home, in order for the best possible outcome.

 Waterside school

We can refer to Waterside for additional support when children display significant SEMH (social, emotional and mental health needs).

 New provision launching 13th September 2021

We have set up a Nurture provision that can meet the needs of our pupils with attachment and emotional difficulties this will be led by Mrs S List and supported by Mrs Bridge. Initially this will be for a small cohort of children.

The aim is to remove the barriers to learning benefiting the pupils in our school who have difficulties in trusting and building relationships with adults. There is great emphasis on language development and communication. Nothing is taken for granted and everything is explained, supported by role modelling, demonstration and the use of gesture as appropriate. The relationship between the two staff, always nurturing and supportive, provides a role model that children observe and begin to copy.

School Information Report and Local Offer

SEN Policy


Greenwich Local Offer


We recognise that there may be times when a parent/carer is not satisfied with our approach to their child’s needs and they may wish to address this. If a parent/carer wishes to make a complaint, we encourage them to approach the class teacher on the first instance as often issues can be easily resolved. If the issue is not resolved, in line with our complaints policy, we ask that parents/carers make an appointment to discuss the matter with the SENCo and/or Head of School to see if the matter can be resolved at an informal level. If parents/carers feel that the complaint has not been resolved, then they can make a formal complaint to the Chair of Governors or LEA.