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The Hayesbrook School

Student Services and SEND

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.

We provide a range of interventions such as small group and 1:1 interventions for literacy as well as providing a safe haven for those more vulnerable students.

We also run homework clubs at lunchtime and after school from 3.00-4.00pm (Mon/Wed/Thu/Fri) where all pupils are welcome. In addition, we have a tutor group which focuses on giving extra support for pupils with literacy and social communication needs for Key Stage 3.

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

Specialist Dyslexia Teacher: Mrs Bathurst

Administration for Student Services: Mrs James (Fridays only)

Learning Mentors: Mrs Gurr, Mrs Luff, Mrs Kruger, Mrs Hennah, and Mrs Finch

HLTA:  Mrs Saunders, Mr Tapsfield and Mrs Robinson

How Student Services Supports Hayesbrook Students

The new Code of Practice (September 2015) 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) or Speech and Language Therapists (SALT).

Key Stage 3

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

  • Literacy interventions (max. 4:1)
  • Additional reading with sixth form students
  • Handwriting Club
  • Homework Club (lunchtime and after school)
  • Nurture tutor group
  • Social Communication Groups
  • Learning Mentors / HLTA – specialist in subject areas/learning
  • “Open House” at break time and lunch for vulnerable students
  • “Time Out” space for Key Stage 3
  • Use of word processors
  • Access to Lexia literacy programme
  • Challenger Troop
  • Units of Sounds (version 6)
  • 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 curriculum – college placement
  • “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

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

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