A brief overview of school
Hatton School & Special Needs Centre
Roding Lane South
Tel No: 0208 551 4131
Headteacher: Adrienne Wright
We are a very successful primary and early years special needs school and centre.
We provide for pupils from the ages of 3 – 11 years with autism, social communication difficulties, speech and language needs and complex learning difficulties with associated behaviours.
We currently have 24 classes on site and two upper Key stage 2 satellite classes in local primary schools and have a total capacity for 191 children.
We also have a well-respected outreach service which provides support for pupils with a range of needs in primary schools across the borough.
How are classes and curriculum organised at the school?
There are 4 key stage teams, Foundation, KS1, LKS2 and UKS2. There are specific class groups within each team. The class sizes range from 5 – 8 pupils, with 1 teacher and a minimum of 2 learning support assistants.
The communication and learning team support communication, behaviour and sensory needs across the curriculum.
The school is guided by the National Curriculum with a particular focus on communication, independence, numeracy and literacy skills.
What different kinds of special teaching methods and resources are used to meet the needs of pupils?
The curriculum is presented and supported in a variety of ways. It is practical, functionally based and supports lifelong learning.
Children at Hatton have a personalised curriculum, differentiated to meet their individual needs and learning styles.
We use a range of specialist interventions and approaches and we have multi-sensory environments and resources to support our children’s learning.
What links does the school have with mainstream schools and colleges?
In addition to our two satellite classes we have well established links with mainstream schools through our outreach service and provide a range of training opportunities for mainstream school professionals and parents.
We have a long established programme of mainstream links for our pupils which has allowed for many successful individual and group visit. These programmes are supported by specialist staff from Hatton.
What other agencies or services can provide support to pupils at the school?
We work in close partnership with health, social care and the voluntary sector.
Our communication and learning team functions as a multi-disciplinary team with other professionals who work within our school. There are termly multi-agency meetings and a robust system of referral so that the most suitable and timely support can be given to families.
How can I let the school know if I am concerned about my child’s leaning, progress or wellbeing in school?
We work in close partnership with families and our staff develop strong relationships with parents. We welcome parents into school.
We establish good communication with parents which is individualised to their needs.
Parents have the opportunity to meet at least termly to discuss progress.
We also have a full time Parent Support Advisor.
How does the school involve parents / carers and pupils in decision making at school?
We have an annual formal consultations with parents with the outcomes published on our website.
Staff use structured conversations with individual parents in order to capture their priorities for their child and to highlight any barriers to successful learning. A programme of person centred planning meeting meetings on entry and all subsequent reviews including key transition points enables a frank dialogue which captures the key priorities for the child and their families.
Pupils are elected by their peers to a key stage 1 or key stage 2 school council. This group of students are supported by staff in identifying specific activities for students and the development of the school environment and facilities.
All students are encouraged to be involved in identifying and being aware of their specific learning targets.
How will the school know how well pupils are doing and inform parents and carers?
We use a wide range of assessment tools so that we can be clear about pupils’ progress. Currently all children’s progress is measured termly using the P Scales, National Curriculum Levels and a range of other assessment tools dependant on the needs of the individuals and this is discussed with parents at their termly meeting.
How are school staff trained and supported to work with pupils who attend the school?
All staff have access to a tailored induction programme and then a rolling programme of specialist training as identified either by themselves or their line managers.
The school is committed to staff accessing accredited training courses to ensure that there is a wide range of expertise which can be shared across the school and service.
What after school or holiday activities are available to the pupils?
The school uses a combination of Aiming High funding, pupil premium and charitable donations to fund a range of after school clubs and playschemes.
We offer our playschemes to children who are supported by the outreach team in order to extend relationships and support a wider range of children.
Students in years 4, 5 and 6 also have the opportunities to attend a 2 day residential trip at Stubbers outdoor adventure facilities.
How will the school support children to change classes, transfer to another school or prepare for adult life?
Class groupings are carefully organised by the senior team where children’s needs, social awareness and friendship groups are considered.
There is a robust system of sharing pupil information with new staff and every child has a ‘working with me’ pack which transfers with them.
Through established class links those children who transfer to Little Heath and Newbridge (Barley Lane) campus are included in a range of transition activities as appropriate to their needs.
What support and training is available for parents and carers at school?
We organise and facilitate a range of training workshops for parents / carers during the school day.
The ‘Hatton School Friends Association’ also plan a number of social events for children and their families to attend either after school or on a Saturday.