SENDCO Application & Information

Valley Gardens is an outstanding middle school with an ambitious and forward thinking group of staff and leaders. The school wishes to appoint an outstanding SENDco to join our team to help us to continually improve our provision for SEND pupils.

The role has a reduced teaching commitment ensuring adequate time is provided for the leadership and management of the department, including a group of inclusion staff. The successful candidate will be committed to maximising the progress and achievement of every student in their care including those in our ten place Additionally Resourced Provision (ARP) for pupils with moderate learning difficulties.

He/she have full responsibility for identifying and tracking the progress of students with SEND. 

We are looking for a strong, strategic leader who is a dedicated and forward-thinking person. He/she must be able to contribute to the growth and development of our inclusion team, and be willing to make a full contribution to the life of the school.  The post holder will be required to hold (or gain within 12 months of appointment) the ‘National Award for SEND Co-ordination’.

Please download the documents from below if you are interested:

School Meals

Please note: from September the price of a school meal is to increase from £2.15 to £2.20 per day for the pupils.

Photography / Video Permissions

We love to celebrate the wonderful work our students are doing in many ways, including publishing photographs and video footage on the school website, on our Twitter/ Facebook pages, and occasionally sharing them with outside organisations such as the BBC, local newspapers, and European partner schools within our Erasmus Key Action 2 project.

You will have already been asked about photographs and permissions when your pupil registered at school. However, in light of upcoming changes in the Data Protection Act, it is vital that we obtain your explicit permission for each of these different situations.

Please note: Children will not be identified by name in any published photograph without explicit prior consent.

It is essential that we receive a response for every pupil, please complete as soon as possible. (Deadline 11 December)

You should have received a link to an online form via text.  Please either complete this form online,  or print a copy of the form and send it into the school office.

Printable Photography – Video Permissions

North Tyneside Unplugged

On Thursday 7th December 2017 we will be supporting North Tyneside’s unplugged event.  On that we are encouraging staff, pupils and their families to take a look at their relationship with technology and consider taking time away from it.  Lessons that day will, where possible, use alternative methods of delivery other than technology, and seek to reinforce the idea of a healthy relationship with our devices.

Please sign up and support this North Tyneside School’s Advisory Service initiative at with a chance of winning vouchers for brilliant things to do with your family (that don’t involve a screen).  Prizes include restaurant meal vouchers, free swimming, martial arts lessons, kayak and paddle boarding family lessons, soft play entries, local museum passes and more.  The opportunity to sign up your place of work is also there if you feel you can spread the message further.  Thank you, and have a great unplugged day.

Dear Parent/Carer


RE:  Maternity Cover 2017-18 for Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)


Megan Maddison our SENCO will be on maternity leave from November 2017 until Summer or Autumn 2018.  We send our best wishes to her and her family and look forward to her return later next year.


Until then a new SENCO, Alan Carrick, is joining us.  You can contact him through the school office or by email at


If you have any questions about the additional support your son or daughter receives please contact your child’s Form Teacher in the first instance.  Alternatively the additional needs team will be happy to help too.


Yours sincerely


Senior Leadership Team

North Tyneside Young Persons Question Time

Some of our students have been involved with the North Tyneside Young Persons Question Time today.  Follow their progress on our Twitter feed.