Bristol Gateway School

Bristol Gateway School

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School Contacts

Mrs Groves – SENCO, can be reached via the School Office 

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) information for parents/carers

Bristol Gateway School is a maintained day special school for children aged 11-17 years.  All pupils in the school have either a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).  As a result of the new Code of Practice all statements of SEN will be gradually transferred to EHCPs.  The school aims to provide an appropriate and high quality education for all children who are referred to us.  We believe that all children have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum.

At Bristol Gateway School all children will have been assessed and their identified needs will be social, emotional and mental health difficulties.  Some pupils may experience additional difficulties in areas such as communication (speech and language) and learning. 


Admission Arrangements – how can my child get a place at Bristol Gateway School?

Because your child has been issued with a statement of SEN or EHCP, then all admissions will be through the Local Authority SEN Department through a consultation process.


How will school support my child?

At Bristol Gateway School we recognise and respect the fact that pupils have different educational, social and emotional needs along with different aspirations and require different approaches to learning and behaviour support. 

The SENCO (Mrs Groves) oversees support for SEN. 

Your child will be allocated to a tutor group and the tutor staff team are responsible for the emotional welfare and development of your child. 

Classes are much smaller than in mainstream schools and staffing levels are enhanced so that your child will typically be taught in a class of 6 with a teacher and at least one Teaching Assistant to meet the needs of the class group. 

A member of the tutor team will contact you by telephone at least once a week.  In addition teachers will meet with parents/carers of all pupils at least 3 times a year – two Parents Open Days and the Annual Review – although in reality, most parents/carers meet with staff more frequently.  At the meetings we will set clear outcomes and review progress and discuss the support that will help your child achieve the outcomes.  As part of the meetings your child will be sked for their views.  Parents/carers will have a chance to share their concerns and aspirations for their child. 

Your child’s statement or EHCP will also be reviewed annually.  Again, views and comments from both pupils and parents/carers will be recorded and passed to the LA.

Parents/carers are welcome to ring the school at any time to discuss issues relating to their children.  They are also free to visit the school and meet with staff by arrangement. 

The SENCO can also be contacted for further information.

There is a school governor who is responsible for SEN.  The SENCO produces an annual report for governors.  The governors agree priorities for spending, with the overall aim that all pupils get the support they need in order to make the progress.


How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

When teachers are planning their lessons, they think about the needs of every pupil in the class.  Learning is differentiated so that all pupils are able to make progress.  Teachers give regular, detailed feedback to children so they know what their next steps for learning are.


How will I know how my child is doing and how will you support my child’s learning?

At Bristol Gateway School we try to ensure that parents are fully included and informed in the process of working with their children/young adults.


Parents are welcome anytime to make an appointment with tutors, subject teachers or SENCO to discuss how their child is doing.  We can give advice about how to support your child at home with their learning.

Your child will have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) with individual targets.  These targets will be set through consultation with your child and yourself.  IEPs are reviewed regularly and comments are made about each target to show progress made towards them.  If a target has not been made then this will be discussed with parents/carers and pupil and a different approach tried or the target may be broken down into smaller more achievable steps.

Your child’s IEP will also be presented along with their Individual Behaviour Plan (IBP) again with individual targets but around the pupils’ behaviour, emotional and social difficulties.  Again, targets will be set through consultation with the children and the review process will be similar to that of the IEP.

Your child will also have an Annual Review – this is a formal meeting to discuss your child’s progress and to gather parents’/carers’ and child’s views.

As a school we track progress of pupils’ learning formally 6 times a year.  We have pupil progress meetings to discuss children who are not on track to reach their termly targets.  Discussions then take place around support required to enable them to reach their target.


What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?

Staff at Bristol Gateway School are very caring and understanding of the pupils’ often diverse needs.

The tutor team has overall responsibility for the pastoral and social care of every child in their class – these people will be your first point of contact.  If further support is required, the tutor team will liaise with the SENCO for further advice and support.  Your child may also have outside agencies working with them and with your family, such as healthcare professionals including CAMHS, Social Services and other support services such as FIT.  The SENCO will liaise with these professionals to provide the best service we can offer jointly to support your child.


How does the school manage the administration of medicines?

The school has a policy regarding the administration and managing of medicines on the school site.  This can be obtained from the school.


How does the school support behaviour and attendance?

As a school we have positive approach to all types of behaviour, with a clear policy and reward system.  In addition, your child will have an IBP in place with relevant support and targets set for improvement.  The school may also purchase support and advice from the Educational Psychology Service.

Teaching staff and support staff are trained in Team Teach in order to support children with challenging physical behaviour and to ensure their safety and the safety of others.

Your child will also have a full Risk Assessment which identifies trigger points to your child’s behaviours – this is available to all staff.  In addition your child will also have an individualised Positive Handling Plan which identifies strategies that work for your child to reduce the possibility of physical confrontation.

Attendance of every child is monitored by the Deputy Headteacher and the Attendance Team.  Lateness and absence are recorded, monitored and followed up.  Good attendance is encouraged and rewarded throughout the school.  Where relevant, school will work with the Education Welfare Service and parents to support and encourage improved attendance.


How will my child be able to contribute their views?

We value and celebrate each child being able to express their views on all aspects of school life.  This is partly carried out through the School Council, which has an open forum for any issues or viewpoints to be raised.

All children have IEPs (Individual Education Plans) and IBPs (Individual Behaviour Plans), and discuss and set their own targets with their parents/carers and tutors.

At Annual Reviews and Transfer Reviews children are encouraged to comment about their progress in school and any issues they may have.

School will be implementing The Sharp System in the near future.  This is a confidential on-line support for pupils.  Your child can feel confident in reporting any issues without disclosing their identity safe in the knowledge that appropriate actions will be taken if required.



What specialist services are available to the school?

Services in school include:

  •          Dedicated SENCO
  •          Teaching Assistants who work with children both in class or out of class, 1 to 1 or in small              groups
  •          Teachers who lead interventions for literacy (including reading) and maths
  •          2 staff members with responsibility for attendance
  •          Tutor staff teams


External agencies include:

  •          Learning Improvement Team
  •          Educational Psychology Services
  •          Speech and Language Therapy – (through school referral)
  •          CAMHS
  •          Supportive parents
  •          School nurse and paediatrician
  •          Social Services
  •          Family Intervention Team
  •          Bristol Drugs Project



Staff training:

  •          Speech and language programmes
  •          Attachment
  •          ADHD
  •          Team Teach (behaviour management/positive handling)



Will my child be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?

All children are included in all parts of the school curriculum and we aim for all children to be included on school trips.  We will provide the necessary support to ensure this is successful.  A risk assessment is carried out prior to any off-site activity to make sure everyone’s health & safety will not be compromised.  On the rare occasion that it is considered unsafe for a child to take part in an activity, then an alternative activity will be provided in school and parents/carers will be notified.


How accessible is the school environment?

Bristol Gateway School is not a purpose built building, although it is fully accessible for wheelchair users with an accessible lift.  The school tries to use our facilities and building in the best way we can to support the needs of all our pupils.


How will school prepare and support my child when joining and transferring from the school?

The headteacher meets with all new parents/carers and their child before starting at Bristol Gateway School.

If your child is coming to our school from Year 6 into Year 7, there is an effective transition programme which includes staff visiting your child in their primary school and taster afternoons for your child in Bristol Gateway School.  There is also a Year 7s parents evening for parents/cares of new students.

All transitions are well planned for through-out school as students move from class to class and phase to phase.  Parents/carers always have the opportunity to meet with new tutor teams.

The new Code of Practice places a lot of emphasis on preparing for adulthood.  In Year 9 we try to move our students away from a Primary model of classroom learning to more independent-learning focused approaches.  From Year 9 onwards your child’s ECHP will include provision required by your child to assist in preparation for adulthood and independent living which may include independent travel skills and support for finding employment.  Discussions about your child’s future will focus on what they want to achieve, how they can achieve it and what support they may need in order to achieve it.

Our Year 11 leavers are increasingly supported in planning for their transition from school to adult life.  Staff from the Local Authority come in to school to work with your child offering support, guidance and advice about the right post-16 option.  All leavers will have an EHCP in place (where appropriate) up to the age of 25, ensuring that your child will have continued support during the phase of their education.   Students are fully supported throughout the college application  and interview process.



How is the decision made about what type and how much additional support my child will receive?

The tutor team and SENCO will discuss your child’s needs and what additional support would be appropriate.  Different children will require different levels of support at different times.  There will be on-going discussions with parents/carers, any external professionals involved and your child.

We know if the support had had an impact by:

  •          Reviewing the IEP/IBP targets and ensuring they are met;
  •          Tracking your child’s academic progress;
  •          Verbal feedback from teachers, you and your child;
  •          Sleuth (on-line behaviour tracking system) reports.



How am I involved in my child’s education?

We actively encourage parents to be involved in our school community.  You will be invited to or expect to receive:

  •          Initial visit to the school before your child starts, to meet with the headteacher;
  •          Introductory meetings – for parents/carers of new Year 7 starters;
  •          Weekly telephone calls home from tutor team staff;
  •          Progress Review meetings about your child twice a year;
  •          One school report a year
  •          Your child’s Annual Review or Transfer Review to review your child’s statement of SEN or EHCP;

There is also opportunity to join the School Governing Body as a parent governor – full details of which, along with an application form, are available from the School Office.



Who can I contact for more information?

The first point of contact is your child’s staff tutor team.

You could also arrange to meet Mrs Groves, our SENCO.

Contact Supportive Parents –

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