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Complex Neuro Developmental Disorder Service at Walkergate Park

'Members of the education team are highly skilled at adapting to particular needs' - Ofsted  

'Pupils behave exceptionally well' - Ofsted

The Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorder Service (CNDS) is a specialist tertiary service working in collaboration with local multi-agency services to provide second opinions about children and young people who may have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other complex mental health neurodevelopmental problems, regionally and nationally. CNDS provides outpatient, day patient and outreach services. Referrals are for pupils aged 3-18 years old.

Early Years Intensive Group 

The Early Years Intensive Group (EYIG) is part of the Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorders Service (CNDS) provides diagnostic assessments where there is uncertainty around diagnosis. In addition, we also provide consultation and management advice to local services concerning children and young people who already have an existing ASD diagnosis.

We accept referrals from local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Child Health/Paediatric Services. A child’s case must be open to one of these services for the duration of their assessment/consultation with CNDS. Unfortunately, we cannot accept referrals directly from parents or from GP/health visiting services.

All the initial information is reviewed, and if it is decided the child is to attend the classroom, they are then booked in for a series of usually about 6 appointments, one per week.

They will usually attend between 10am-2pm, and during this time they will have a variety of both formal and informal assessments by different members of the multi-disciplinary team.


  • Helen Long, Specialist Teacher 

0191 287 5260

  • Kevin Stafford, Headteacher
  • Helen McGowan, Deputy Headteacher

0191 6053559

Walkergate Park Hospital, Benfield Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 4QD