SEND Specialist Expertise


SENCO and SEN Staff

Our SENCO is Mrs Brannan.

She can be contacted in the following ways:

  1. Through our school office on 0191 3852675 and speak to Mrs Farrer or Mrs Middleton.
  2. Via email at
  3. Through our contact page on this site.

More details of the SENCO’s role can be found in the SEN Policy which you can find in the School Policies section of our website.


External Specialists and Other Bodies

The school enjoys good working relationships with a wide range of people who provide services to children with SEND and their families.

The external specialists may:

  • Act in an advisory capacity
  • Extend expertise of school staff
  • Provide additional assessment
  • Support a child directly
  • Suggest statutory assessment is advisable
  • Consult with all parties involved with the child

These include:


How We Secure Specialist Expertise?

Our Additional Needs Budget is used to support children and young people with SEN.

In 2023/24 our notional SEN budget is £91,482

This is used to support children and young people with SEND by:

    • Providing support staff to work with children with SEN
    • Provide training for staff
    • Purchase resources for children with SEN (wedge cushions, intervention programmes)
    • Buy into services from specialist services such as Educational Psychology Service, Cognition and Learning Team, Autistic Spectrum Condition Team, additional Speech and Language Therapy.

    If a child has complex special educational needs, we also apply for additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes.