Primary Provision

The Primary Climb Project

Welcome to the Primary Climb Project, where children of a primary age (2-11) with an EHCP (Education Health Care Plan) can access an innovative approach to supporting the inclusion of children with SEND, within the Durham Educational Framework.  

The Primary Climb Project will allow pupils simultaneous access a special school provision, alongside a mainstream primary placement. The Climb Project's ultimate goal is the supported integration of pupils with SEND into the mainstream primary classroom at some level, where they can engage with peer groups, make friendships and access a curriculum, which will prepare them for their next stage of education.

How does the Project work?

Initial Assessment - Pupils entering the project will initially be based in our induction classroom, where over a period of time they will undergo integration into the project. During this time, specialist staff members will conduct a variety of observations focusing on SEND needs, behaviour  support, academic needs and ensuring that the pupils feel safe, happy and included. Following this initial assessment period, children will then be place on one of four learning routes.


Route 1 - A Specialist Learning Route, where pupils with more complex SEND needs are supported through a wide range of teaching strategies and approaches to ensure they are happy, safe and successful. Support mechanisms for pupils include Sensory support from our OT, Speech & Language Therapy, PECS, TEACCH.

Route 2 - A Transitional Route, where pupils access elements of the specialist support mechanisms outlined within Route 1 but also access carefully planned Quality First Teaching within the mainstream primary classroom. Whilst following this route, pupils will always have a transitional classroom workspace, where they can withdraw to if additional support is needed for social / emotional, SEND or academic needs. 

Route 3 - A Supported Integration Route, which will allow pupils to access the Quality First Teaching within the mainstream classroom. Underlying SEND support mechanisms (OT, S&L) will remain in place with reasonable adjustments made throughout the day to allow the pupil to be successful both socially, emotionally and academically. Pupils will also have access to a breakout provision for any unsettled or unstructured times or as a quiet place for lunches and breaks.

Route 4 - A Fully Integrated Route, where pupils will access the mainstream primary classroom full time with the right levels of support given and reasonable adjustments in place to allow the pupil to be successful both socially, emotionally and academically.


Regular Monitoring and Review - The routes that pupils follow with be reviewed often and as children make progress or suffer periods of difficulty then the pupil's route will be adjusted accordingly.

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Please contact our admin for further details or admission arrangements -

Our Routes

Visit this section to find out all about our Climbing Routes. These routes provide pupils with a special & mainstream educational  pathway.

Outdoor Ed

See how our pupils are supported to access quality outdoor education including:- forest school, beach school etc.

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SEND Support

Everything you need to know about how we work alongside specialists to support our pupils.

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Photo Gallery

See pictures of some of our recent adventures and learning activities. We provide an enormous range of opportunities.

Our Partners

Below you will find links to the Climb Project's partner school's and providers.

Wheatley Hill Primary & Nursery School Main Website

Visit our main school webpage to discover more information about being a part of the wonderful school that is Wheatley Hill Community Primary & Nursery school. On this webpage you will also discover more recent photographs, event information and school news. Further information on our school's Early Years Provision can also be found here.

Access this main school website for information on SEND, school policies and governing body information.