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Woodstock School (NS82) is a special school for children (5-11) and Bristol Gateway (NS240) is a special school for children (11-16) identified as having Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice (2015) requires all local authorities to describe the special educational provision it expects to be available for children and young people who have SEND. This information describes the arrangements schools should have in place for Bristol children and young people with SEND. For further information on any particular aspect, please click the link provided below.

SEND Code of Practice - Government Publication 

 Throughout this document, numbers in brackets refer to the SEND Code of Practice 2015.

 The SEND Code of Practice (2015) says we must:

  • Have regard to the principles underpinning the code of practice to ensure the views, wishes and feelings of the child or young person, and the child’s parents, are central to achieving the best possible educational and other outcomes. (1.1)
  • Use their best endeavours to make sure that a child with SEND gets the support they require.
  • Appoint a SENDCo who must be a qualified teacher working at the school. If required, they must achieve the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination within three years of appointment.
  • Take steps to ensure that children with medical conditions get the support required to meet those needs. (5.11 and 6.11)
  • Publish and update at least annually the SEND information report. (6.79)
  • Publish their arrangements for admission for disabled children, the reasonable adjustments being made to prevent disabled children from being treated less favourably than others; the facilities provided to enable access to the school for disabled children and their accessibility plan showing how they plan to improve access over time.
  • Co-operate with the local authority in the Education, Health and Care Plan review process (6.56) and in reviewing the provision that is available locally (Chapter 3) and in developing the Local Offer.

 Please see Bristol local offer via the link below.

Bristol SEND Local Offer - click here 

As a federation, we aim to support every child in order that they can develop their self-esteem, achieve appropriate and challenging personal targets and develop an enthusiasm for learning so that they can make the most of opportunities presented to them.

All staff work to inspire, motivate, challenge and support each pupil, no matter what their individual needs may be.  Each child has either a statement of educational need or an Education, Health, Care Plan (EHCP) and, as such, we ensure that we provide a broad, balanced curriculum that is relevant and differentiated to meet individual needs and abilities.

The needs of a child can and will change over time. It is the responsibility of all school staff and additional agencies working with the child to respond to changing needs in order that the child may develop and meet their potential.

In order to support our pupils thoroughly, the SLT, SENCo, SEN Governor and staff have developed a policy reflecting the SEND code of practice 0- 25 guidance July 2014.

School Contacts:

Clarice Jopling - Bristol Gateway School SENCO can be reached via the school office

Lucas Wellington - Woodstock School SENCO can be reached via the school office

Parent Support Lead – Ollie Benzie can be reached via the school office

Danni Richards – SENCO Administrator, can also be reached via the school office

Bristol Gateway: 01173772275          Woodstock: 01173772175

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