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REACH FOR THE STARS...ATTENDANCE RESULTS! Class 14 again achieved the class prize this week with 100%. We have booked them a hip hop dance masterclass with Northern Stars Dance Academy for achieving 100% during Super Attendance Week. 97.1% attendance across the school this past week. For autumn term overall attendance is at 95.9%. School will close today at 3:15pm and reopen on Monday 30th October - Friday 20th October is a Teacher Training Day.


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 currently working towards gaining the NASENCO qualification with Sunderland University. She works closely with teachers and outside agencies to ensure the best possible provision for pupils with SEND.


Heidi Finlay 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 Pasoral 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.





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 Wilde 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. Laura Heslop is 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.

For a number of years our school has provided counselling services for children during the school day. Our Kalmer Counsellor visits school on a weekly basis to talk to pupils.

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.