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Benfield - Physical Disability ARC

The Physical Disabilities Additionally Resourced Centre at Benfield School is a specialised provision for Newcastle learners aged (11-19) in school Years (7-18). The provision is for learners who have a physical disability including a multi-sensory Impairment, Hearing/ Visual Impairment or medical needs and would benefit of additional support to access mainstream education in school.

The provision offers full-time mainstream education and additional access to:

Benfield School has an Additionally Resourced Centre (ARC) for young people with a physical or medical disability.

  • We use ICT to increase access to the curriculum.
  • We provide support and aids to ensure access to the curriculum and develop independent learning.
  • We seek and act on advice and guidance for pupils who have significant medical needs.
  • We provide access to medical interventions.
  • We seek advice and guidance from the Health Service to ensure barriers to success are reduced or removed.
  • We have a designated medical assistant who regularly checks medical records and ensures staff understand and apply the medicine administration policy.
  • Our department includes designated first aid trained staff.
  • We support Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Hydrotherapy and Re-bound therapy programmes.
  • We deliver 1:1 targeted intervention programmes to pupils to improve skills e.g. motor skills
  • We provide support with personal and intimate care if and when needed.
  • All entrances to our school have ramps fitted to allow wheelchair access.
  • A centrally located lift ensures access to all areas of the building.
  • Our school has a disabled toilet suite with shower and hoists, physiotherapy room, medical room, disabled access to the swimming pool and sports facilities.
  • We offer inclusive sports and TAZ, (The Active Zone), our after-school sports club.
  • We use small-group targeted intervention programmes to improve skills in a variety of areas including independent living skills and independent travel training.
  • Our staff receive training to ensure they understand the impact of a physical or sensory need on teaching and learning.
  • Our school works hard to ensure that parents/carers are able to work in partnership with us to support their children.
  • We offer support to families and we signpost them to services/organisations which offer support/advice where appropriate, via the Local Offer.
  • We use Primary to Secondary and Post-16 transition support to ensure pupils make a smooth transfer between phases and prepare successfully for adulthood.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs M Robinson
Contact Position
0191 265 6091
Alternative telephone: 0191 2284096
Parent Organisation
Benfield School

Local Offer

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information


For further information about SEND provision at this provider please click on this link.

Where to go

Benfield School
Benfield Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Time / Date Details

Session Information
School opening and term time.

Other Details


Local Authority funded


Age Ranges
9 to 13
Last updated: 07/02/2017
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