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SEND Support

Introduction to Student Services

We aim to provide support for those pupils with barriers to their learning to help them access and progress in all aspects of the curriculum.

A range of interventions such as small group and 1:1 interventions for literacy, social communication and subject specific catch up work are provided.  In addition we operate an open access protocol for our more vulnerable students.

We offer a breakfast club from 8.15 each morning, this is open to all students, attendance is free of charge and booking is not required.  Staffed by one of the student services team, it is an opportunity for our vulnerable students to check in with a staff member and chat about the day ahead while enjoying a hot drink, cereal and /or toast.   We also offer a lunchtime homework club where students have the opportunity to seek help or clarification with the homework they have been set, in addition to access to computers and printers. 

Pupils who need additional time to ‘catch up’ with work are also given space and support to do this in student services.

The Student Servces Team:

SENCO:  Ms Ansell, Assistant Principal
Learning Mentors: Mrs Luff, Mr Tapsfield and Mrs Finch

To contact the Student Services team and SENCO, please use our online contact form and select the option for "SENCO (for Student Services)" .

How Student Services Supports Hayesbrook Students

The new SEN Code of Practice aims to put the pupil and the parent at the heart of provision. The new code identifies four areas of need that a learner might have - cognition and learning; communication and interaction; emotional behavioural and social; and sensory and physical. We offer a complete range of support for pupils based on their individual needs.

Wave 1 - in every lesson

Wave 1 is the teaching and learning that takes place in lessons.  This may be the use of particular strategies which will be available to everyone in the class such as vocabulary lists and differentiated lesson plans.

Wave 2 - additional help

Providing targeted additional intervention. These interventions generally last for a six week period but may be ongoing dependent on the need of the learner.

These ‘Wave 2’ interventions range from small group literacy interventions and handwriting clubs through to social communication groups and specialist dyslexia interventions. This may also be the use of word processing equipment.

Wave 3 - Specific needs

Wave 3 interventions are interventions provided to an individual learner with more specific needs. This will be access services such as CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service),  Speech and Language Therapists (SALT) and or other external healthcare professionals.

Education Health Care Plans (EHCP)

Students in receipt of an EHCP have the teaching strategies detailed in the plan communicated with teachers.  Interventions specified are implemented and meetings to review progress take place at least 3 times a year in addition to an annual review of the plan.

Mainstream Core Standards (MCS)


Key Stage 3

There is a range of support on offer to pupils depending on their individual needs:

  • Literacy interventions 
  • Additional reading with sixth form students
  • Handwriting Club
  • Homework Club (lunchtime and after school)
  • Social Communication Groups
  • Learning Mentors / HLTA – specialist in subject areas/learning
  • "Open House" before school, break times and lunchtimes for vulnerable students
  • “Time Out” space for Key Stage 3
  • Use of word processors
  • Access to Lexia literacy programme
  • Rewards and Trips to boost self esteem
  • Access to counsellor.

Key Stage 4

Support continues at this stage to pupils depending on their individual needs:

  • Access for pupils to alternative provision curriculum – within Hayesbrook
  • “Catch Up” sessions for pupils on Alternative Curriculum
  • Exam access arrangements and testing
  • Small group intervention
  • Laptops
  • Reading pen
  • Access to counsellor.

Useful Contacts:

British Dyslexia Association

Unit 8, Bracknell Beeches
Old Bracknell Lane
Bracknell RG12 7BW

Phone: 03334 054555
Helpline: 0333 405 4567

Dyspraxia Foundation

8 West Alley
Hertfordshire SG5 1EG

Phone: 01462 455 016
Helpline: 01462 454 986

KCC MCS Guide and SEND Local Offer    (See links below)

For the MCS Guide click here 

For the Parent Version click here

National Autistic Society

393 City Road
London EC1V 1NG

Phone: 0207 833 2299

West Kent: Maidstone SEN Team

SEN Manager: Dave Holland

Tonbridge & Malling, Tunbridge Wells
Worrall House
30 Kings Hill Avenue
Kings Hill
West Malling
Kent ME19 4AE

Phone: 03000 420997

Parent information website