SEN and Disabilities (SEND) Information for Families

Special Education Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Information

Welcome to the SEND area of Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust, providing first class education to all its learners including those with additional needs.

Amongst the learners at the Trust, we provide for those with moderate learning needs on all the mainstream campuses and also those with more severe needs or profound, multiple learning difficulties in the special school provision area of Castle School at the Josephine Butler Campus.

The NCEA SEND Information Reports (available below) provide information on what services children, young people and their families can expect through the Trust, including education, health and social care.  Knowing what is available gives you more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for your child.

They provide information on a number of things, including:

  • special educational provision
  • health provision
  • social care provision
  • other educational provision
  • leisure opportunities

The NCEA SEND Information Reports have been written to explain how we can meet the special educational needs of young people and their families, and takes into account the following documents:

NCEA SEND Policy

Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years (January 2015)

Disability Discrimination Act 1995

Equality Act 2010

The Special Education Needs & Disabilities Information may vary for that provided with the majority of learners with mild or moderate learning difficulties within the mainstream primary and secondary campuses compared to the provision for those in Castle school, with severe or profound multiple learning difficulties or in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Click on the links below to view information for each of these areas:


These pages provide information and advice about the services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families living in Northumberland.

This is described as the Local Offer.

Northumberland SEND Local Offer

SEN Contacts

Mrs Tanya Barlow is the SENDCo at Bishop’s Primary School and is responsible for the special educational needs and disabilities of the pupils in the five primary campuses. Mrs Barlow can be contacted on 01670 816111 (Ext 360) and is available to discuss your child’s special educational needs. If you would like to arrange a meeting, please telephone to arrange an appointment.

Mrs Jill Collin is SENDCo for Duke’s Secondary School and is responsible for the special educational needs of the learners in the mainstream phase of the secondary school. Mrs Collin can be can be contacted on 01670 816111 (Ext 303). If you would like to arrange a meeting, please telephone for an appointment.

SEN enquiries and support can also be directed to the following contacts:

Josephine Butler Secondary 01670 816111 admin.dss@dukes.ncea.org.uk

Josephine Butler Primary 01670 844323 adminjbp@ncea.org.uk

Castle School 01670 844322 admin.cs@castle.ncea.org.uk

Grace Darling 01670 812019 admingd@ncea.org.uk

Thomas Bewick 01670 812075 admintb@ncea.org.uk

James Knott 01670 813219 adminjk@ncea.org.uk

William Leech 01670 860267 adminwl@ncea.org.uk

Social support from the Learner Welfare Team can also be provided. Contact the team by telephoning 01670 816111 (Ext. 367) or e-mail learnerwelfare@ncea.org.uk

Early Years contacts:

Rachel Jefferson – Thomas Bewick Early Years Centre: Tel. 01670 812075

Kirsty Ratnayake – Lynemouth Early Years Centre: Tel. 01670 861143

Linzi Dickson –  Robert Stephenson Early Years Centre: Tel. 01670 816111

Support can also be provided by the Director of the Early Years Centre,  Clare Lishman, Early Years Director.