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Support and Inclusion at Hinchingbrooke School

All Students will need support and help from time to time during their attendance at school. To prioritise and identify where the support is most needed we have drawn a simple model where:

Wave 1 support is for all e.g. differentiated work and high quality teaching in every classroom

Wave 2 support is for the many e.g. mentoring programmes for targeted students, intervention groups

Wave 3 is for a few e.g. physiotherapy, 1 to 1 literacy support, counselling, bespoke individualised learning programme

To look at the Wave 3 support in more detail we have identified three different types of support:

Welfare. Students who need support with personal and emotional concerns that have an impact at school and at home. As such, we would offer the support of a Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and look to support from outside school from the locality team e.g. a family worker or young people’s worker, and agencies such as the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Some students and families may need an even higher level of support from social care or the young person may be in care.

Mrs Jenette Kingsbury leads this team and works alongside our School Counsellor, Mrs Kathy Bradford and school nurse Mrs Rita Ashoor. They are housed on the ground floor of Nunnery Court.

Jenette Kingsbury, Inclusion, Welfare Manager. 01480 375700 ex 5784

Kathy Bradford, School Counsellor. 01480 375700 ex 5815

Rita Ashoor, School Nurse. 01480 375700 ex 5794

Gateway. Students who have medical, emotional and behavioural concerns that result in poor attendance at school. Students may feel that full-time mainstream school is too much for them and they require an individual bespoke timetable. This can include full-time attendance at the Gateway School where all lessons and social times are delivered; part-time attendance, so students may attend mainstream lessons and social times such as break and lunchtime and a select number of lessons in the Gateway; or, students may attend part-time in the Gateway and spend the rest of their time out of school at college, work or at a training placement. A few students spend all their time at these provisions and do not attend school but are regularly visited by the Gateway staff. All students who attend the Gateway either have an EHC Plan (previously statement of SEN), a CAF or a Pastoral Support Plan (PSP).

Miss Katie Jacklin leads this team working alongside teacher Mr Grahame Middleton and senior TAs Mrs Helen Banks and Miss Janet Dalton. They are housed on the first floor of Nunnery Court:

Katie Jacklin, Progression Manager, Gateway. 01480 375700 ex 5603

Helen Banks, Level 3 TA. 01480 375700 ex 5603

Janet Dalton, Level 3 TA. 01480 375700 ex 5603

Grahame Middleton, teacher. 01480 375700 ex 5603

SEND. Students who over time are not making the level of expected progress and the gap between themselves and other students is widening; or they have a complex medical condition or disability require “provision (that is) different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age” (SEND Code of Practice page 94).

As such students are identified as having a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND). These needs can be broadly identified as:

  • Communication and interaction: Autism, Asperger’s, speech and language difficulties
  • Cognition and learning: moderate learning difficulties, specific learning difficulties, dyslexia
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties: ADHD, anxiety
  • Sensory and/or physical needs: hearing and vision impairments, physical disability

Students will either be placed on the school’s SEND Register as requiring additional SEN Support or will have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan issued by the Local Authority, previously a statement of SEN.

The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Mrs Elaine Parkin leads this team which is staffed by Higher Level and Level 3 Teaching Assistants (HLTA, TA). The TAs are divided again into three teams:

1. Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). Supporting students at transition from primary to secondary school and for the move to post 16 placements, supporting students with specific needs such as autism and physical disabilities, organising access arrangements for GCSE exams. They are housed in middle school and have responsibility for the disabled therapy room and the main Learning Support classroom (102) used for specific interventions and events such as breakfast club.

Helen Anthony SEND Administrator. 01480 375700 ex 5762

Sandra Lacey. Disabilities. 01480 375700 ex 5762

Jill Nairne-Clark. Transitions and Autism. 01480 375700 ex 5762

Heather Broster. Disability Team. 01480 375700 ex 5762

Liz Stennning-White. Disability Team. 01480 375700 ex 5762

Dawn Fisher. Disability Team. 01480 375700 ex 5762 

Bradley Panther. Alternative Provision Instructor. 01480 375700 ex 5762

2. Directorates. Supporting students in lessons and via targeted intervention groups.

Enterprise and Enquiry:

Karen Crampin, Level 3 TA. 01480 375700 ex 5771

Hollie Brown, Level 3 TA. 01480 375700 ex 5785/5771

Sarah Reed, Level 3 TA. 01480 375700 ex 5785

Global Communications:

Hannah Feraday, Level 3 TA. 01480 375700 ex 5717

Jemma Jones, Level 3 TA. 01480 375700 ex 5761

Angela Williams, Level 3 TA. 01480 375700 ex 5759

Performance and Creativity:

Gill Stevens, HLTA. 01480 375700 ex 5785

Paul Stokes, Level 3 TA. 01480 375700 ex 5605

3. Gateway

The Gateway TAs work in the Gateway School (see above) supporting students who have been referred to work there either full or part-time. They also support and visit students who access their education off site at college and work placements.

Each of these three teams at Wave 3 keep a register of the students receiving support.  Students can appear on one register or may do so on two as, for example, they may require welfare support and have an SEND. The most complex of cases will see students appear on all three registers and receive the most intense level of support the school can offer.

Senior Leadership Team

Student Services, Inclusion and SEND are line managed by:

Tony Heath, Assistant Principal.       01480 375700 ex 5799

Please contact the lead professional above for the appropriate team. However, if there is a need to inform a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) or there is a concern or complaint then please contact Mr Heath directly.

For information on how the school can support your child see the links on the right.