Curriculum & SEN


At Gordano School, we want our students to develop the secure knowledge and skills they need to equip them, to play their part in society and live fulfilled and successful lives. As such, our primary ambition is to implement an exciting and engaging curriculum that develops lifelong learners and enables students to reach successful and fulfilling destinations after their school careers – both immediately and in later life.

We pride ourselves on our broad curriculum, our extensive extra-curricular offer, our expert teachers and our challenging lessons. You can see more about what our Key Stage 3 students will be studying below, as well as our Curriculum Rationale, which gives a detailed overview of our curriculum. If you have any questions about our curriculum, contact Lisa Webber on

Year 7 and 8 Curriculum Content

Gordano School Curriculum Rationale

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Gordano School Cognition Learning Dyslexia Statement 2019

EAA statement 2019

Gordano School SEND Information for Parents & Staff

Word Processor Policy Dec 2019

The SEND/Student Support Faculty

Teaching and Learning

At Gordano School, we understand that high-quality teaching is essential for all students and that every teacher is a teacher of SEND. We aspire to provide inclusive learning opportunities for all our students first and foremost within the classroom and the pastoral experience of our school provision.  The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)works closely with senior leaders, academic leaders, and teaching staff, pastoral staff and support staff, to ensure that the school provides high-quality experiences and support for all students in line with the SEND Code of Practice (2014) and The Equality Act (2010).

The Student Support Team’s primary function is to identify SEND needs, communicate and support staff and students to establish an effective way of working together. Therefore, the SEND team work closely with teaching staff to monitor student progress and to provide specialist SEND support where appropriate, in a time-specific way. Where students are not making progress despite high-quality teaching and support, there is a referral system in place, which ensures students can access additional support when it is necessary. The SEND team works collaboratively and reflectively with every team in the school, in order to enhance the school experience for our amazing students.

Student Support Faculty

The Student Support Team is a specialist SEND team, based in the heart of the Inclusion Area of Gordano School. As described above, our primary role is to identify the needs and strengths of students for whom there may be a barrier to learning and communicate information to key staff in the academic and pastoral teams. We support academic and pastoral teams (including the Inclusion Team) to monitor the progress of students. We offer a referral system to support those students who need additional support, due to significant and persistent disabilities and those for whom additional needs may be present but not yet identified. For these students, we have a system in place which is based upon the Assess, Plan, Do, Review model. Put simply, this means we use a range of qualitative and quantitative information to establish whether a student has a profile that is consistent with a SEND need. Once we understand more about the student profile, we put necessary support in place and review as necessary to establish what is necessary to support confidence in progress independence.

All of our work is guided through relationships with students, parents and staff as well as with agencies supporting the young person and/or family. We have a warm and welcoming Student Support Area, where we work with students in small groups or a 1:1 basis. We provide key support throughout the school day and during social times, in addition to structured SEND classes, mentoring, and advocacy services. We provide targeted specialist support, which is detailed in our SEND Information Report.

The SEND Team works closely with the Local Authorities to support and promote best practice with regard to the graduated response to SEND and Education, Health and Care Plan applications and reviews. Please read our SEND Information Report, and the Local Authority website for more information: North Somerset SEND

The SEND/Student Support Team:

Deborah Mc Mullin - SENCO& Designated Teacher for Children, Looked After

Helen Bailey - Teacher of Student Support, Key Stage 3

Lucie Broad - Teacher of Student Support, Key Stage 4/Specialist Assessor

Gemma Whaley - Student Support Worker – Cognition and Learning (Specific Learning Differences)

Jane Hendricks - Student Support Worker – Communication and Interaction (ASC)

Lorna Moss - Student Support Worker – Social, Emotional and Mental Health

Linda Rigby - Student Support Worker – Physical, Sensory and Medical Disability

Jacqui Garland - Student Support Worker – Transition

Ruth Lewis - Student Support Worker – EHCP (Outcomes & Provision)