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‘This a school where everyone makes sure that pupils’ well-being and safety come first.’ (Ofsted 2021). If you visit us, you will meet our inspiring, articulate and friendly pupils who make such a positive contribution to school life. They are encouraged to succeed by a committed staff team, who put the children at the centre of all they do. Our vision for every pupil (and staff member) is for them to achieve their potential, so they can be their best. We aim to create a safe, fun, and supportive environment that inspires everyone to learn and develop.

West Gate is a popular, over-subscribed setting for 200 4 – 19-year-olds, with a range of learning needs. Our pupils have moderate to severe learning difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, profound and multiple learning difficulties, SEMH and highly complex needs. We have a range of excellent facilities to support a rich and diverse curriculum offer. We work with a range of specialist practitioners to make sure we deliver inspiring learning opportunities.

Whilst, we do have amazing resources at West Gate, what is more impressive is our welcoming and friendly ethos. We pride ourselves on being a dedicated staff team with expertise in managing a broad spectrum of special educational needs. We have improved significantly as a school and are determined to keep improving what we do for our pupils as they continue their ‘learning for life’.

We welcome the active involvement of families and provide a range of opportunities to get involved with school life throughout the year. Similarly, we ensure pupils have the chance to access a range of learning opportunities within the local community to prepare them for their next steps.

We are all very proud of our school and our amazing pupils.

We welcome applications from professionals who are passionate about supporting children with SEND to achieve their very best. 

Rhian Richardson

Head Teacher

Ethos and Values


To be a centre of excellence where everyone is enabled and empowered to strive to achieve their potential, within a relevant, caring and supportive learning and teaching environment.

We are committed to a high quality of education and care appropriate to individual needs.

We aim to:

  • Provide a safe, happy and stimulating learning environment.
  • Make learning rewarding and fun.
  • Work with the wider community in order for our pupils to become valued and valuable members of society.
  • Be a friendly and welcoming place where all feel valued and work together in partnership and with respect for one another.

Working at West Gate School

We are a friendly and welcoming school and are passionate about supporting the well-being of our staff. We believe providing a robust well-being offer enables our staff to do the very best for our young people. We are committed to developing the skills and knowledge of every employee and offer arrange of opportunities for career progression.

What is it like to work at West Gate?

‘It’s welcoming, friendly and there’s lots of support. It really is a collaborative team effort across the school to do the best for our pupils’.

‘I’ve had lots of opportunities to learn and have progressed to a new role within the school. Being at West Gate has really developed my skills and confidence’.

‘I feel valued as a member of staff and have the support and training I need to do my best in my role’

‘Its hard work, but it really is fun! The pupils are amazing’.


West Gate moved to an excellent new building in June 2015 situated on Glenfield Road it provides arrange of high-quality facilities that enable our pupils to access a highly appropriate and personalised curriculum offer.

The school facilities consist of;

• A large soft play area

• Newly refurbished sensory room

• Warm water therapy pool with multi-sensory facilities

• Large sports hall

• Rebound room

• Specialist food technology room

• Extensive allotment area

• Breakout spaces for individual and small group work

• Ample car parking

• Arrange of outdoor play facilities

• Newly refurbished family room

• Community access every evening and weekend

• Outdoor MUGA

• Newly refurbished staff room

• Music room



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