Contact the SENCO
My name is Jo Tilley and I am the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at Charles Darwin.

I am available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, if you would like to pop in and see me.

If you would like to drop in to discuss your child’s learning and their progress please phone the office to arrange a time or email me at the address below and I will get back to you. 

If you have any worries or concerns about your child please do not hesitate to contact me at:

As a state funded Primary School we are here to support and include all the children in our community. 

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is the term given for children performing below the band of achievement expected for children their age. Usually in the basic skills of Literacy and Numeracy but also in areas such as behaviour or a physical or sensory impairment. Any child requiring specific intervention or support other than you would expect for the majority of children, has additional needs at that time and in consultation with parents, they may be placed on our SEND register. The SEND register  is a confidential document.

The SEND Code of Practice states:

Special educational needs (SEN)

 A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special education provision to be made for him or her.
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:
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 main-stream post-16 institutions.

Provision in School is in three ‘waves’
Wave 1
Most children learn well and make expected progress with Quality First Teaching. That is teaching differentiated to meet the learning needs of a diverse range of children through a multi-sensory approach. Our thematic approach to learning supports Quality First Teaching through enabling children to bring their strengths and interests into areas where they experince more difficulties.

Wave 2
Children who require some interventions to ‘catch up’ and are achieving just below age related expectations. These children require a group or individual programme of learning. Some children at Wave 2 will ‘catch up’ following an intervention, whilst others will require further support.

Wave 3
Children who do not ‘catch up’ after a Wave 2 intervention, or who have considerably greater difficulties than their peers, will require individual support. All children receiving support at Wave 3 are recorded on the SEND register. We can provide additional support which may include specific programmes, equipment, or teaching assistant support. For children whose needs are more complex we can apply for Top-Up funding, some children (a very small minority) will require an Educational, Health Care Plan (EHCP). Parents and carers will be fully consulted and informed throughout any process.

The Information Advice and Support Service (IASS)  is to support parents with children who have special educational needs or a disability in communicating and working with schools. For further information please follow the link provided. 

For further information regarding SEN please follow the link provided to see the Cheshire West and Chester SEND Local Offer


Contact Details

Charles Darwin Community Primary School

Darwin Street
Castle, Northwich

Main Contact: Mrs Marianne Bennett (Acting Headteacher)

Tel: 01606 75194
Fax: 01606 784143

SEND Contact: Miss Joanne Tilley

Governor: Mr Graham Emmett

Clerk to the Governors: Gemma Reeves
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