The SEN Code of Practice (2014) requires schools to publish an SEN Information Report (paragraph 6.79), which outlines their provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The report must be published on the school’s website, easily accessible to parents/carers and pupils, and set out in clear, straightforward language. It should be updated each year.

As an independent school, Gesher School is not required by law to produce this document. However, it provides a simple way to explain to parents/carers, pupils and local authorities what is offered at Gesher School. It should help parents/carers and their children and young people understand the school.

Introduction to Gesher School

Gesher School is a unique independent school for children and young people aged 4 to 16. Gesher School provides a specialist, meaningful and functional learning environment for children and young people with special educational needs, which include language, communication and social pragmatic difficulties. It has a specialism in autism spectrum challenges, although children and young people with a range of difficulties also attend the school and are welcome to apply. Children and young people are at the heart of Gesher School, where a sense of belonging and community are fostered. Gesher School is a safe, friendly and stimulating environment where children and young people are supported to learn, interact and have fun.

Gesher children and young people are unique, individual and learn in their own way.  They may benefit from being educated differently in regard to communication and social interactions, tailoring and adapting their environment to their own learning style. Gesher children and young people are likely to have mild-moderate learning needs and/or autism, although a diagnosis of autism is not needed to attend Gesher. Gesher School is not a school for children and young people whose primary need is emotional and behavioural difficulties or severe learning difficulties. Children and young people that attend Gesher School will come from a family that understands and respects the values and ethos of the school and the Jewish way of life.

Gesher ensures that every child and young person’s needs are met through a whole and multi-therapeutic team approach.  Gesher gives children and young people the confidence and resilience to maximise their potential and, where appropriate, access opportunities for inclusion; the school works closely with families and Local Authorities to support this process.

At Gesher, we provide:

  • opportunities that enable children and young people to thrive; we want our children and young people to be ambitious about achieving their full potential.
  • a collaborative learning team around every child to support each child’s learning needs and maximise meaningful learning opportunities.
  • a therapeutic team working with families to nurture and support a child’s emotional, social and academic development.
  • a partnership with families to improve the lives and life chances of children and young people with SEN by ensuring that they are healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and experience the wider community.