Additionally Resourced Mainstream Schools (ARMS)

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ARMS are schools which specialise in a particular area of learning need. Children in ARMS usually have an Education, Health and Care Plan and are generally taught in smaller classes with a higher level of support than a normal mainstream school but will have opportunities to mix with children in the mainstream school. The ARMS in Gateshead are as follows:

SchoolLearning needAge range
Bede Primary SchoolSocial, Emotional and Mental Health needsKey Stage 1 (age 5-7 years)
Brandling Primary School
Brandling ARMS Entry – Exit Criteria
Speech, Language and Communication needsKey Stages 1 and 2 (age 5-11 years)
Eslington SchoolSocial, Emotional and Mental Health needsKey Stage 2 (age 7-11 years)
High Spen Community Primary SchoolHearing ImpairmentEarly Years, Key Stages 1 and 2 (age 2/3-11 years)
Rowlands Gill Community Primary SchoolComplex Learning NeedsKey stage 2 (age 7-11 years)
Swalwell Community Primary SchoolPhysical DifficultiesEarly Years, Key Stages 1 and 2 (age 2/3-11 years)
Thorp AcademyModerate Learning DifficultiesKey Stages 3 and 4 (age 11-16 years)
Whickham SchoolAutism Spectrum DisorderKey Stages 3 and 4 (age 11-16 years)

The Local Authority commissions ARMS placements from schools, and they receive funding as above.

The SEND Code of Practice places a duty on all schools to provide detailed information how they provide support for children and young people with SEND which you will be able to find by looking on their website or by requesting this from the school directly.