Special Education Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Information

At Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust, we are dedicated to providing first class education to all of our learners, including those with additional needs.

Supported by our fantastic team of Teaching Assistants and SEND specialists, we provide additional support for those with moderate learning needs at all of our schools and campuses within the Trust.

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:

  • Duke’s Secondary School | 01670 816111 | admin.dss@dukes.ncea.org.uk
  • Castle School | 01670 844322 | admin.cs@castle.ncea.org.uk
  • Josephine Butler Campus | 01670 844323 | adminjbp@ncea.org.uk
  • Grace Darling Campus | 01670 812019 | admingd@ncea.org.uk
  • Thomas Bewick Campus | 01670 812075 | admintb@ncea.org.uk
  • James Knott Campus | 01670 813219 | adminjk@ncea.org.uk
  • William Leech Campus | 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.

For those learners with more severe needs or profound, multiple learning difficulties, we are fortunate to have Castle School within the Trust, a specialist education provision based at the Josephine Butler Campus in Ashington.

The NCEA SEND Information Reports provide information on what services children, young people and their families can expect through the Trust, including education, health and social care, so you can decide if the NCEA Trust is going to be the right fit for your child’s unique needs.

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:

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 from school to school and campus to campus, depending on the needs, abilities and age of the learners. Follow the links below to find out more.


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