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Some schools are all about the window-dressing, this one isn’t. In fact window-dressing is something on which it could do better, but that may well be a funding issue and therefore low on the priority list. Crucially, it would appear to be getting all the important things right: results very good and rising, if offers plenty of sport, art, music and other activities all wrapped up with high quality care and teaching – 'exemplary,' in fact, say parents.

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Head of school

Since 2012, Andy Byers BA PGCE, late 40s. Deputy head here since 2003, now as head of school he oversees the day-to-day management, responsible for outcomes, pastoral care and behaviour, and is also the main point of contact for most current and prospective parents. His subject is economics, though doesn’t currently teach; he commutes daily from his home in Newcastle. A Jarrow man by birth, he has two children and is a season-ticket holder at Newcastle Utd. Interestingly, his family history with the school dates back to the 1940s when his mother was treated here for TB in its previous incarnation as a sanatorium. Plenty of energy, but no showboating; he and his team run a tight ship here and together they have seen the school make huge improvements during the last...

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Special Education Needs

Inclusion is high on our agenda. We have a deputy head in overall charge supported by a SENCO who leads a team of teachers and classroom assistants. There is an in-house behaviour support unit, learning mentor in each year in main school and a youth service based in school. Support is individualised but there are also groups such as an xl club and a garden group. ASDAN awards are offered as well as qualifications in literacy and numeracy. Provision extends to adults through the Gatehouse, a basic skills and open learning centre. THe Hexham Partnership has a leading aspect award for training of classroom assistants. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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