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REACH FOR THE STARS THROUGH LEARNING...POSSIBILITIES...MAKING A DIFFERENCE...BOOKS BUILD BRAINS...ADVENTURE... Back to school this week for our last half term. Lots of sporting events this week and year 6 residential to the Lakes. 96% attendance for this school year. LATEST OFSTED REPORT PUBLISHED. Our school is 'good' in all Ofsted Framework areas. 'Thoughtful, high-quality care contributes well to the happy and harmonious school atmosphere.' Well done to all our pupils, staff and school community for their efforts in contributing to an excellent report. Department of Education data indicates no better performing school within a 75 mile radius with similar key stage 1 scores. WELL DONE WESTERHOPE.


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


Ms Priest is our SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and she is responsible for our SEND offer at Westerhope.  She can be contacted via the school office for queries or advice.


Telephone: 0191 2674750 or email:


She is part of our school leadership team and she has gained the NASENCO qualification with Sunderland University. She works closely with teachers and outside agencies to ensure the best possible provision for pupils with SEND.


Nicola Todd is the SEND Link Governor. She is responsible for monitoring this important area of school life on behalf of the Westerhope Governing Body. She reports to the full GB but also to the Pastoral Committee where our SEND is scrutinised. These groups are responsible for supporting and challenging our senior staff so that SEND provison continues to develop.


Newcastle City Council Local Offer


The Newcastle Local Offer is a way of letting families know the services that are available locally and how to access them; from specialist social care services, to universal sports activities. It is also a way of finding out which services we need in Newcastle.  Follow the link below to view the Newcastle Families website and view the information at the bottom of this page.





Newcastle Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service


Newcastle Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service (SEND IASS) provide information, advice and support at any stage of a child or young person’s education, and they provide an Independent Supporter for families in the process of getting an Education Health and Care Plan.  This is an impartial confidential service.  They provide information, advice and support for

  • parents and carers of children with special educational needs

  • children and young people up to the age of 25 years

They specialise in education matters but can support with social care and health issues by signposting to partners.  Newcastle Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service (SEND IASS) can be contacted on 0191 284 0480 or by email at ask for Judith Lane or Sarah Francis


Pastoral Team

Mrs Wyld works with Mr Brown as part of the Pastoral Team. Mrs Wyld  can be contacted via the school office for queries or advice.


Telephone: 0191 2674750 or email:


They both liaise with teachers and pupils on a daily basis so that pupils needs are addressed with first class teaching and through additional support at other times. Ms Priest, Mrs Wyld and Mr Brown work closely together on matters concerning pupil progress and welfare.


Mrs Wyld helps to coordinate our pastoral support and is always on hand to talk to pupils and parents or to support our SENCO with accessing of Local Authority services. Anyone with a concern can come into school for a chat - any matter impacting upon the well being of pupils or progress is our concern and we are here to assist in whatever way we can. 


Mr Brown is responsible for supporting the behaviours of our pupils around school. He works to increase access to the curriculum for those pupils sometimes experiencing difficulty. He monitors children around school in conjunction with Mrs Wyld at key times in order that they feel supported in their time at school. 

Our Pastoral Team are represented on the Governing Body through the work of the Pastoral Committee as well as the GB Link Governor. Nicola Todd chairs the Pastoral Committee who meet on a termly basis and report to the full GB. We also have staff who take responsibility in school for ensuring appropriate provision is made for pupils with particular medical needs. Westerhope works in close partnership with the Outer West Nursing Team - we are able to access members of this team who can assist and advise on a wide range of matters.

At Westerhope we recognise that some pupils often have to overcome barriers to their learning. Our role is to support them as much as possible so that all pupils achieve. The work of our Pastoral Team linked to the work in SEND and Family Support is vital in this capacity.

The North East Special Needs Network also provides practical advice and guidance to parents and carers.
Please follow this internal link below to view related school policies.