Valley Gardens Middle School is a fully inclusive school which aims to ensure that all pupils achieve their potential personally, socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. We have an ARP (Additional Resource Provision) on site which caters for up to 10 pupils with moderate learning difficulties. We also have a number of pupils within the school with additional needs, some of which are supported by an EHCP.

Our SENCo, Miss M Maddison, is an experienced SENCo who does additional work within the local authority to support other schools with their provision for pupils with additional needs and disabilities. Please feel free to contact her through the school office if you wish to ask for any further information.

Please find details of our offer to pupils with Additional Educational Needs and/ or Disabilities in the Useful Documents below. This offer has been produced in consultation with School and our families.

The North Tyneside Local SEN offer can be viewed by clicking on the following link :



Valley Gardens Middle School SEN report

Please click to read our report:

Valley Gardens Middle School SEN report

Accessibility Plan 2016-2019 (1)

Support and advice for parents and carers

The special educational needs and disability information, advice and support service (SENDIASS) is a specialist service that can help and guide you in all aspects of special educational needs.

We provide:

  • General advice and information to children, young people, parents and carers
  • Impartial and factual support on all aspects of the SEN framework
  • Help with the planning and the assessment process of an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

ARP – Additionally Resourced Provision

ARP stands for ‘Additional Resource Provision’. Valley Gardens Middle School has a ten- place, inclusive provision within the mainstream school, for pupils, aged 8-13, who have Moderate Learning Difficulties.  We have teachers who work with pupils to address their specific learning needs, as well as Teaching Assistants to support them in lessons across the curriculum and deliver additional interventions. This approach makes effective use of a range of teaching and learning styles, differentiation, small group work and learning support in order to raise the achievement of its pupils.

Please download the document if you would like to know more about our ARP.