Sensory support service

The Sensory Support Service is a team of specialist teachers and support staff who are committed to working with children and young people with hearing and vision needs, and their families, to provide a comprehensive teaching, educational, advisory and audiological support service.

Working from birth through to leaving school, the service works seamlessly with families and professional colleagues from a range of disciplines. We aim to ensure that children and young people with sensory impairments enjoy the same rights and opportunities as their peers, and that all barriers to maximising potential are overcome.

'All children have the right to the best possible start in life. Where children have special needs and disabilities, it is important that these are identified at an early stage and that identification leads directly to effective early intervention and support for families and children.' (Together from The Start - Practical guidance for professionals working with disabled children (0-2) and their families, DfES, 2002)


Sensory Support Service Team Development Plan 2013-2014

Click here to view the Sensory Support Service Team Development plan.

 Kielder November 2013

Following in the success of previous events, some of our children were invited to join other hearing impaired students in Northumberland for a 3 day adventure at the Calvert Trust Centre in Kielder from Thursday 14th November to Saturday 16th November. Click here for comments about the trip.

Contact Information for Sensory Support Service


Northumberland Sensory Support Service
Main Building
Hepscott Park
NE61 6NF



Service Manager - Sue Churchill: 01670 624064

Sensory Support Office: 01670 624854

Fax: 01670 620151

Service Personnel

Hearing Impaired

Sue Churchill - Service Manager and Teacher

Nicola Taylor - Team Leader and Teacher

Peripatetic Teachers

Please contact via the office (see above) or click their name to send an email.


Visually Impaired

Visually Impaired Office:  0191 2774627

Visually Impaired office address:

Gosforth Junior High Academy

Regent Avenue

Newcastle upon Tyne


To contact any of the Visually Impaired Team, please telephone the above number or click their name to send an email.


Your feedback is important to us

We are always looking for ways to improve the services we provide and are interested in your comments or views.  If you have any queries, suggestions or would like to discuss issues relating to our work please do not hesitate to contact us:

Sensory Support Service
Main Building
Hepscott Park
NE61 6NF

Tel: (01670) 624854

You may also give your feedback by completing our feedback form.  Click here to download this document