We endeavour to achieve maximum inclusion of all children (including vulnerable learners) whilst meeting their individual needs. This includes: children who have English as an Additional Language (EAL), Gifted & Talented children (G & T), Pupil Premium children (P.P.), Children in Care (CIC)/Looked after Children (LAC) and children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). All teachers provide differentiated learning opportunities for all the children within the school and provide materials appropriate to children’s interests and abilities. This ensures that all children have full access to the school curriculum.

We make every effort to narrow the gap in attainment between groups of learners and their peers. There may be some specific learning needs specified in an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which we tailor teaching and learning to support and facilitate the individual learning needs, specifically for their current stage of learning. We also work closely with external organisations, to provide the best support and care for each individual.

We, as a school, are in a unique position to promote positive wellbeing and good mental health in children. Staff have opportunities to build relationships with, and offer support to, their children and their families by:

  • Creating an environment where children feel safe and happy
  • Identifying children’s specific mental health needs
  • Providing support for pupils with particular needs
  • Referring to and/or delivering specialist therapeutic provision.

It is our responsibility to ensure that pupils with special educational needs have the maximum opportunity to attain and make progress in line with their peers. Accurate assessment of need and carefully planned programmes, which address the root causes of any learning difficulty, are essential ingredients of success for SEND children.

We aim to keep parents fully informed of their child’s progress and attainment and to ensure that pupils are involved, where practicable, in decisions affecting their future SEND provision.

We believe pupils will be helped to overcome their difficulties by parents, teachers and pupils working together.

To contact the SENDCO at Harrold Primary Academy, please email Our SENDCo is Ms Debonair Brown, supported by the Meridian SEND Team.

Local Offer

A Local Offer gives children and young people with SEND, and their families, information about what support services the local authority think will be available in their local area. Please click on this link to find the Local Offer of Bedford Borough.

Meridan Trust SEND Policy is below

Useful Links

Bitesize virtual information and training session information

Aspergers East Anglia

Autism Bedfordshire

Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society

Bedfordshire Downs' Syndrome Support Group

British Dyslexia Association

British Institute for Learning Disability

Care Forum

Challenging Behaviour Foundation

Dyspraxia Foundation

Epilepsy Action

Families United Network

MENCAP Bedford

National Autistic Society

National Deaf Children's Society

HOW YOU FEEL MATTERS (How children and young people in Bedford Borough can get help and support for themselves and others)

Harrold Primary Academy Accessibility Plan
Ordinarily available provision
Harrold SEND Information report 2023 2024
Meridian SEND Policy 2023 24 260623
Harrold Primary Academy Local Offer 2023 2024
Welcome to Harrold Primary Academy

I am extremely delighted and privileged to have the opportunity to welcome you to Harrold Primary Academy.
Harrold Primary Academy is a happy, caring and supportive school. The Academy was formed on the site of Harrold Lower School and Harrold Priory Middle School, opening its doors to the pupils aged 4 - 11 years in September 2017.
We are a small one form entry primary school, serving children from Reception to Year 6.

As a school, we are extremely fortunate to have a spacious school site with a Library, Science lab, Food Technology room and a team of dedicated staff who work hard to deliver exciting, engaging and enjoyable lessons for children at Harrold.

Our vision is that every child has the right to a high quality of learning, where they are treated with respect in a safe and stimulating learning environment. Children actively participate in learning by demonstrating a sense of readiness, where they take responsibility for themselves and the school environment. We help to build resilience in all our children by ensuring that the learning that they experience is a stepped approach with appropriate scaffolding and modelling in place to secure and build improved independent learning.

When children leave Harrold, they are well-equipped to continue achieving throughout secondary school and beyond.
We believe that close cooperation between home and school is essential, and we aim to keep parents as informed as possible about the progress being made by their children and ways in which they can support their children’s learning.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Harrold Primary Academy.

To find out more about the school, please read through our website and do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to visit the school.


Debonair Brown

Head teacher