General Information

School Location:

Tankerville Terrace

Newcastle upon Tyne


Telephone: 0191 2815821 Fax: 0191 2815060

Email Jo Allen Head of School:


The School Day

The school day begins at 9:00 am each morning and continues until 3:30 pm. Each class has a 15 minute break each morning. Lunch is at 12:00 and the lunch break is usually one hour 15 minutes. Afternoon sessions commence at 1:15 pm. Teaching time in the school is 25 hours per week. Extended break times are planned to meet the personal care and mealtime management requirements of our children with complex needs.

Transport Information

It is usual that transport to school is provided by the local authority and this is likely to be a taxi or mini-bus. Sometimes family or friends transport the child for a variety of reasons. Children arrive in school between 9:00 and 9:15 am and are met in car park or a reception area near their classroom by a member of the class team. The taxi driver or escort will ensure they are handed over safely and the same process takes place at the end of the school day at 3:30 pm. The school has very good relationships with drivers and escorts and is willing to offer guidance or training if required such as to support behaviour management or communication. Each local authority has its own transport team with whom we can liaise if there are any issues.


If a child is absent through illness parents are asked to phone the school switchboard in order to inform the class teacher and, if necessary, one of the school nurses.

Absence from school is described as authorised if a child is ill, visiting a doctor, or perhaps attending a very special family occasion with permission in advance from the Head of School.

When, for exceptional reasons, a family cannot arrange for an annual holiday to take place in the normal school holiday periods, parents may make a special request to the Head of School for a period of absence during term time. If this is approved it will be considered to be authorised.

Unauthorised absence is logged when parents fail to inform the school in writing or by phone that a pupil is away or unwell. If a pupil is not in school and we do not know the reason then a member of the admin team will phone home to ask about the reason for their absence.

School Meals

The school provides mid-day meals for all pupils. The catering staff make provision for a wide range of dietary needs, including blenderized diets. The cost of school meals is included in the fees paid for the children by their supporting local authority. No charge is therefore made to parents.

School Uniform

School uniform can be purchased via the school office and children are encouraged to wear sweatshirts with the school logo. Children are expected to wear standard school trousers or skirts in grey or black, polo t-shirts and sweatshirts. Some children may prefer to wear softer jogging pants to maintain comfort or help with dressing.


Home learning forms part of the children’s overall education and is planned according to their age and ability and in conjunction with the family’s needs. Homework may be provided by members of the class team to reinforce learning and to support the child’s ability to generalise their knowledge from school to home and other contexts. Arrangements vary according to the age and ability of the child.

Collective Worship

As a special school, we aim to provide appropriate adherence to the requirement for a daily act of collective worship so far as is realistic and practicable, because of the nature of the range of disabilities of our pupils. We are happy to discuss how we make provision for this requirement and how we organise various class and group assemblies as well as whole school assemblies including collective worship. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship – please do not hesitate to make contact if you would like to discuss this further.

School Policy in Charging for School Activities and Pocket Money

The majority of activities arranged for children as a part of their education are funded by the school. Some additional opportunities for special activities may be offered such as residential trips which are generally subsidised by the school. Some non-compulsory activities may be offered which require parents to contribute towards the cost on a voluntary basis including special events or seasonal class outings.


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