About Us

About Us

Epinay Business & Enterprise School is a Co-operative Trust School which caters for up to 173 children and young people from 4–19 years of age with a wide range of special educational and complex needs. Children work at a level that is significantly lower (typically 3 years plus behind) than their peers in mainstream schools, who have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP). The school provides provision for children and young people with mild to moderate learning difficulties.

Many children in the school have identified additional needs such as ADHD, ASC/D, (Autistic Spectrum Condition/Disorder,  SLCN (speech and language communication needs), Asperger’s syndrome and specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia) where one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written is affected.  These students may have limited ability to listen, process, think, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calculations effectively. 

Some of our children are diagnosed with severe learning difficulties, these children find it difficult to understand, learn and remember new skills. These students will have problems with both the acquisition of skills and their application to new situations, intellectual or cognitive impairment, possible sensory issues or poor coordination.

Some of our children have anxiety and mental health difficulties and require additional support for their emotional stability, they do not present with physically challenging behaviours. 

As a school we create a safe and inclusive centre of excellence by providing a stimulating environment where learners achieve challenging and inspirational targets in order to develop as happy, confident and independent learners who are prepared for adulthood.

The 173 capacity provision is broken down into the following cohorts: (Staffing does not include specialist staffing, administrative / clerical, Senior staffing or staffing for  1-1 children) The specialist areas of school and provision offered allows each child to be educated in the most appropriate and effective way in meeting academic and EHCP targets.

Main cohort groups 

Phase 1

  • 1 class EYFS objectives set- they stay here until objectives are met or they enter year 4. (11 children 1 teacher 2 TA’s)

Phase 2

  • 5 classes Phase 2 objectives set- they stay here until objectives are met or they enter year 8 (61 children 5 teachers 5 TA’s)

Phase 3

  • 1 Life Skills class – These children follow a life skills curriculum and transition to Life Skills groups in phase 4 and 5 (11 children 1 teacher 1 TA)
  •  2 Classes – Phase 3 objectives set- they stay here until objectives are met or they enter year 10 (25 children 2 teachers 2 TA’s)

Phase 4

  • 1 Life Skills class -These children follow a life skills curriculum and transition to Life Skills groups in phase 5 (13 children 1 teacher 1 TA)
  •  2 Classes – Individualised qualification based routes (25 children 2 teachers 2 TA’s)


Specialist provision groups 

Enrich Provision Students present with inappropriate responses and feelings to situations, display severe difficulties in managing their emotions and environment  following recent significant trauma that has led to attachment disorders and / or anxiety.

1 class– Children with more complex needs who need more adult support (8 children 1 teacher 2 TA)

16-19 Provision is located in the Eco Centre in Hebburn and caters for students transitioning from Phase 4 from either the main cohort groups or life skills provision, other places can be given to external students from around the borough.

The school has close links with professionals, including Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Community Nurses, Sexual Health Workers, Paediatricians, Clinical Psychologists and Psychiatrists and Youth Support Workers. Where appropriate and necessary other professionals may be involved.

Students in Phase 4 and 5 access a range of qualifications including Entry Level Certificates, Btec awards, NOCN qualifications, City & Guilds qualifications and Level 1 and 2 awards and certificate. We offer a wide range (both in choice of subjects and qualification) in order to ensure all pupils achieve to the best of their ability. Our Ofsted reports of 2012 and 2018 both awarded us outstanding for achievement.

We are unique in having our own community café where pupils can access NVQ training, achieve units, level 1 and/or level 2 (equivalent to GCSE grades).

We are more than happy for visitors to come to our school. If you would like to visit, please contact Sandra Stephenson, Head Teacher’s PA, on 0191 489 8949

Contact us

T: 0191 489 8949 E: sstephenson5@epinay.org