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 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.
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.
Mrs Wyld works with Mr Brown as part of the Pastoral Team. 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.