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Sandfield Close Primary School

DSP - The Sunshine Room


Designated Specialist Provision


At Sandfield Close Primary School we are privileged to have a DSP.

Our specialist area is called

The Sunshine Room


Admission Criteria for our Sunshine Room:

A child must have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) and a diagnosis of Autism.


Decisions about a place in our Sunshine Room can not be made by the school.


Children will be allocated a place by Leicester City Special Education Services (SES).


Our Sunshine room is unable to cater for children with complex sensory, physical and medical needs.


The maximum number of spaces in our Sunshine room is 10 places


We aim to cater for children in Reception to Year 6


Adults in our DSP:

SENDCo: Mrs Master

Lead DSP Teacher: Ms Glover

HLTA: Mrs Palak

Lunchtime Supervisor: Mrs Patel


Transport from home to school

Transport will be provided in accordance with the Local Authority SEND transport policy.



Our Sunshine Room aims to:


 Provide a safe and purposeful environment in which children can feel happy, safe and supported


Provide a personalised curriculum that meets each child’s needs, focussing on meaningful learning to develop a child’s targets


Provide children with specialist equipment and resources to support them with their sensory and communication needs


Provide children with encouragement and opportunities to develop their social and communication skills


Provide children with opportunities to integrate with their peers and the wider community by accessing peers and facilities in the inclusive mainstream school.


 Work in partnership with parents, carers and professionals to support each child



Identifying and Reviewing Need

The DSP will operate with the framework from the revised SEND code of Practise 2014 and Local Authority Guidelines.

All children with an EHCP will have individualised targets. Progress towards these targets will be continually monitored by the DSP staff and the SENDCo

Targets are reviewed three times a year formally, one of which will be the annual EHCP review with parents and careers. At the annual review of the EHCP the child may be set new targets in collaboration with other professionals and parents.


Inclusion and Access to School


We see inclusion as a strength in our school. The Sunshine Room is a valued and integrated part of Sandfield Close Primary School. Children will have specific lessons in the DSP but will then have lessons, where children have strengths, in the school with their peers in their year group. Children will receive the levels of support needed to enable them to progress within the mainstream environment. This will ensure that the individual needs of the children are met.  The curriculum will reflect the needs of the children and provide them with focused and meaningful learning which addresses the social, communication and interaction needs for each child.


Home school links

Parent/carers are actively encouraged to be involved with all aspects of their child’s education. Parents evening are held twice a year (October and February), EHCP reviews are held yearly. Parents/ carers are welcome in school at any time. Appointments can be made via the school office to arrange a meeting with the teacher at their convenience.

All parents can have access to communication links with school via the use of phone calls, email, parent mail and ClassDojo.


Link Beyond School

Staff will have access to training and a full range of services from the Local Authority and Specialist Education Service (SES). Our DSP staff aim to network with other Leicester DSPs.



If you would like to know more or would like to visit our Sunshine Room, Please make an appointment via our school office

Contact Number: 0116 2660333