Special Educational Needs

Senco: Miss N. Bartram

Joseph Swan Academy caters for students of all abilities, including those with identified learning difficulties and disabilities identified within the SEN Code of Practice.

If you would like your child to attend Joseph Swan Academy, you should discuss the suitability of Joseph Swan Academy as a secondary school placement with your child’s current school; this may instigate a multi-agency review with any professionals who work with your child.

At your child’s Year 6 transition review meeting, yourself and the professionals involved will discuss possible next steps or you may also wish to contact the SEN department of Gateshead Local Authority.

Parents and Carers are welcome to visit Joseph Swan Academy at a range of different times. We have a formal Open Evening for Year 5 and 6 parents. This is an excellent opportunity to view the Academy and meet staff. Coffee mornings are organised within the Academy day to offer you the opportunity to see the Academy during the day. The SEN department can also provide appointments to discuss your child’s needs in more detail, this is important before making a decision about a placement.

Once you make a decision about the school you would like your child to attend, you should inform the Local Authority of your first choice of school. Once the placement is agreed, we will work with closely with you and your child’s primary school, during the transition period.

For further information regarding our SEN provision please see our