Meet the staff
We are a team of 17 staff who are here to support any child with an additional need to fully access their curriculum. We have:
- Miss. N Heron – SENDCo
- Mrs. H Westgarth – ARP Manager (see CRB page)
- 2 SEN Teachers
- 4 Higher Level Assistants
- 12 Special Support Assistants
We work across the curriculum with all pupils, tailoring our approach to specific needs. We support families and work closely with professionals to ensure every child is adequately supported throughout school.
Who and how we support
Norham High School is a mainstream setting with an Additionally Resourced Provision (ARP) for language and communication difficulties, referred to throughout as CRB (Communication Resource Base). We are committed to meeting the needs of all pupils, including those with SEND. Reasonable adjustments are made to meet the needs of all pupils including those identified in the SEND Code of Practice (2014):
- Language and communication difficulties
- Cognitive and learning difficulties
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties (SEMH)
- Physical and sensory difficulties
Norham High School provides a range of intervention and additional resources to support pupils with SEND, those at SEN support and with EHC Plans, to make progress. Support is available for ALL pupils with SEND including those with disabilities, pupils with EAL or those in the Care of the Local Authority.
All pupils with an EHC Plan are supported to achieve their outcomes outlined in the EHC Plan. Progress towards these is reviewed at least annually.
Those pupils placed at SEN Support of the Code of Practice have an SEN support plan. The plan contains specific outcomes to support the pupil to achieve their end of key stage aspirations. Support is personal and tailored to the specific needs of the pupil to enable them to work towards their personal outcomes and achieve their own aspirations.
Below are some of the ways in which we support pupils with specific needs and make up the school’s contribution towards the Local Authority’s Local Offer.
School’s Local Offer to support pupils with special educational needs or disabilities
Area of Need
Support Available Within School
Language and Communication Needs
Autism Spectrum Condition
Speech, Language and Communication Needs
Social Communication Difficulties
Language and Communication Needs who have an EHCP naming Norham Communication Resource Base (CRB)
*See CRB section of the website
Cognition and Learning Needs
Moderate Learning Difficulties
Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH)
Mental Health Needs
Sensory and Physical Needs
Visual and Hearing Impairments
Physical and Medical Needs
Who we work with
Multi-agency working is essential in everything we do to ensure the highest and most appropriate levels of support. We work closely with:
- Local Authority SEND Support Service
- Educational Psychology
- Language and Communication Team
- Dyslexia/Dyscalculia Team
- Speech and Language
- Occupational Therapy
- Family Partners
- Sensory Support Service
- School Support Team
- Health Professionals
Collaborative working with all of the above teams enables us to provide the highest quality of support for your child.
What our parents say…
“Both [child’s name] and I have received support from staff. There is great communication regarding [child’s name] which is helping him and me” Year 7 parent September 2019
“I had strong doubts when Norham was chosen for [child’s name] but it has been fantastic and very supportive for him in the CRB. Staff have been great.” Year 8 parent September 2019
“In all of my years of working with various schools this is by far the best/most supportive I’ve worked with” Year 9 and Year 11 carer September 2019
What our pupils say…
“Sometimes in Maths I can do the amber level tasks because the teacher and my support assistant help me. If I do something wrong, they help me to put it right so I don’t get into trouble.” Year 8 pupil September 2019
“Sometimes I get to do higher work in lessons because Miss. Vaughan helps me. Mrs. Sharp helps me with my homework at lunch time so that I can hand it in on time.” Year 7 pupil September 2019
"I always feel supported. If I need help I know where to go to get it." - Year 10 pupil January 2019
Please see attached link to our full SEND Information Report and Local Offer: Click here for report
If you require any further information or support, please contact our SENDCo Nikki Heron on 0191 2005062.