Hello and welcome to the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) section of our website here at Valley Gardens Middle School. We are a fully inclusive school which aims to ensure that all pupils achieve their potential personally, socially, emotionally, physically and educationally.

At Valley Gardens Middle School, we embrace the fact that every child is different and, therefore, the educational needs of every child are different – this is certainly the case for children with Special Educational Needs.

In terms of what we offer children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, this is different for every child and it is important to emphasise that, as much as possible, this provision is designed by the relevant staff members working alongside the child, the child’s family and, where necessary, outside agencies (e.g. a Speech and Language Therapist or an Educational Psychologist).

A child with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities at Valley Gardens Middle School will have a SEN Support Plan which sets out targets and looks at what additional provision that can be put in place. The SEN Support Plan is written with our children and families to ensure that a holistic picture of need is identified and targets are set out together.

The content of the SEN Support Plans have a focus on the process of ‘Assess, Plan, Do and Review’. This is a continual cycle in which staff look at any needs and act on these accordingly so that the best possible provision can be put in place. For many children, support targets will be connected to learning and will often be specifically to do with English and Maths. For other children, they may be to do with communicating with children and adults or overcoming physical issues (for example fine motor control). The most important point that: support targets depend on the needs of the child.

We have an ARP (Additional Resource Provision) on site which caters for up to 10 pupils with moderate learning difficulties. We also have a number of pupils within the school with additional needs, some of which are supported by an EHCP.

Miss Wilson is our SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Please feel free to contact her via the school office on 0191 917 6667 or by email on samantha.wilson@valleygardensmiddle.org. She will be more than happy to make an appointment to listen to any questions or queries linked to your child’s needs.


Please find details of our offer to pupils with Additional Educational Needs and/ or Disabilities in the Useful Documents below.

The North Tyneside Local SEN offer can be viewed by clicking on the following link :


Valley Gardens Middle School SEN report

Please click to read our report:

Valley Gardens Middle School SEN report

Accessibility Plan 2016-2019 (1)

ARP – Additionally Resourced Provision

ARP stands for ‘Additional Resource Provision’. Valley Gardens Middle School has a ten- place, inclusive provision within the mainstream school, for pupils, aged 8-13, who have Moderate Learning Difficulties.  We have teachers who work with pupils to address their specific learning needs, as well as Teaching Assistants to support them in lessons across the curriculum and deliver additional interventions. This approach makes effective use of a range of teaching and learning styles, differentiation, small group work and learning support in order to raise the achievement of its pupils.

Please download the document if you would like to know more about our ARP.


Support and advice for parents and carers

The special educational needs and disability information, advice and support service (SENDIASS) is a specialist service that can help and guide you in all aspects of special educational needs.

We provide:

  • General advice and information to children, young people, parents and carers
  • Impartial and factual support on all aspects of the SEN framework
  • Help with the planning and the assessment process of an education, health and care (EHC) plan.