Curriculum & SEN


At Gordano School, we want our students to develop the secure knowledge and skills 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

Teaching and Learning

The Learning Support Faculty supports students with a diverse range of needs across the school.  The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is responsible for all aspects of Special Educational Needs work within the school. Miss Mc Mullin works with the Learning Support team, support and teaching staff, to ensure that students’ needs are appropriately met throughout their learning experience at Gordano. We have 3 teachers of learning support, including the SENCO, along with 5 student support workers.

Learning Support Faculty

The Learning Support area is available for students to participate in individual or small group work as well as providing an opportunity to develop social skills within a safe and supervised area during break and lunch times. Staff work with students through focused in-class support, small group activities and through needs-led intervention. We also work with students through referrals from teaching and pastoral teams across the school.

Further to this, the Learning Support team is on duty at all times in the faculty area and we welcome students who require additional support or a quiet space to complete work. The area has computers for students to access, as well as subject-specific support from the team to complete homework and assignments. Staff also provide a range of activities during breaks, during lunch through in-faculty initiatives and Gordano Extra and after school through ‘Boost Homework Club’.

Response to the Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Code of Practice (2014)

The Learning Support team have recently undergone significant structural change to meet the needs of our students, and support staff in a way which is guided by the SEND Code of Practice (2014). Please follow the links for our current SEND Policy (2016), SEND Offer (2016) and our Specific Learning Difference/Dyslexia Statement (2015) for further information on how we work to support students at Gordano school:

Our team comprises of:

Teacher of Learning Support: Key Stage 3 specialist support for students with identified SEND

Teacher of Learning Support: Key Stage 4 Specialist Assessor and support for students in Key Stage 4

5 Student Support Workers: Responsible for supporting students with needs in the following key areas of Special Educational Needs & Disabilities:   

  • Social Communication & Autism
  • Social, Emotional & Mental Health
  • Cognition & Learning
  • Physical, Sensory & Medical Disabilities
  • Transition