The Academy is fully committed to a policy of inclusion and makes every effort to cater for the widest possible range of young people. Our most recent Ofsted inspection team judged Inclusion at Hall Mead as "exemplary".
The Governing Body of the Academy Trust complies with all of its duties to those pupils with Special Education Needs required by the governing bodies of maintained schools in the Equality Act 1996. Where a child who has SEN is educated in the Academy, those concerned with making special educational provision for the child ensure that the child engages in the activated of the school together with children who do not have SEN, so far as is reasonably practicable. Support for SEN pupils in accessing the curriculum and the wider aspects of Academy life is led by the Directory of Access and Autism along with a committed team of skilled learning support staff.
If appropriate, a pupil will be withdrawn from his/her normal group at certain times and given the particular assistance needed. Where it is deemed necessary, additional resources are provided through the Local Authority and the Academy. Full use is made of the external support services available through the Local Authority. Any parent seeking further information is asked to contact Mrs. Bint, Director of Access and Autism at the Academy. A copy of the Academy’s Special Educational Needs policy is available on request.
The Academy is involved in piloting a project for post-16 students with SEN in collaboration with Havering Sixth Form College and the Local Authority. The Life Skills Flat, which opened in 2011, provides SEN pupils and students with the chance to develop independence and skills for living and will provide an invaluable resource for the post-16 project.
The Academy Trust takes steps to prevent disabled pupils from being treated less favourably then other pupils and provides facilities to assist access to the Academy by disabled pupils.