Inclusion & SEND

Commitment to Inclusion

Since our foundation in 2006, the academy has been committed to the principals of inclusive education that ensures the most able students are sufficiently stretched and challenged, whilst ensuring that those who require additional support are not left behind.

We believe that all students at the academy are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they:

  • achieve their best
  • become confident individuals living fulfilling lives, and
  • make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training.

Our inclusion team are made up of a experienced and dedicated teachers and Learning Support Assistants, who work togther with subject teachers to ensure that all possible barriers to learning are removed in order for them to achieve successful outcomes

The Inclusion Team

Jeanette Alexis
Renaissance Lead & Teacher of the Deaf

Jeanette Alexis is our Specialsit Teacher of Deaf and Hearing Impaired young people, and our Designated Teacher for Looked After and Post Looked After Children. Ms Alexis  oversees the provision and design of the curriulum for Deaf and Hearing imapired young people in our Deaf Resource Base.


The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator Carissa Walton, has day-to-day Carissa Walton
SENCO & Teacher of English

responsibility for the coordination of specific provision made to support individual students with special education needs or a disability [SEND].

We offer an open door policy where you are welcome any time to make an appointment to meet with either the class teacher or SENCo and discuss how your child is getting on. We can offer advice and practical ways that you can help your child at home.

Rose Ferguson
Student Wellbeing Manager

Our Student Welfare Manager Ms Rose Ferguson has responsibility for coordinating the needs of students with long term medical conditions. Ms Ferguson also oversees support for parents, counselling services (ASPACE), and support for students whose family have involvement with social services.

Ms Ferguson is also a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead at the Academy.

The member of the governing body with a responsibility for inclusion within the Academy is Dr Marie Stewart.

Our Inclusion support has a team of 10 staff working in different roles throughout the Academy to support our students and we also work in strong partnership with many external organisations and professionals.

Our staff are supported by an ongoing professional development programme designed to build on current strengths and to anticipate future needs.

We have staff who are trained in supporting students’ speech and language development, deaf and hearing impairments and in effectively supporting students with autistic spectrum disorder.

We are extremely proud of being awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Gold in 2013 for outstanding inclusive practice - this award follows a rigorous two day inspection process which took and in-depth look at our inclusion work here at the academy. We were first awarded the IQM in 2010 and are very proud to have our on-going commitment to excellence in inclusion recognised formally for a second time.

Click Here For Our Annual SEN Report 2020-2021

Hackney Ark support for parents

Hackney Ark is a centre for children and young people with disabilities and additional needs. The centre brings together health, education and social care services to provide an integrated multi-disciplinary response to the needs of disabled children and their families.

2020 Sensory workshop flyer Jan June 17th Jan 2020 Download
ASD coffee mornings poster 2020 17th Jan 2020 Download
Hackney Ark Captains youth council Dates 2019 2020 17th Jan 2020 Download
Monthy ASD Specialist CAMHS groups planned 2020 17th Jan 2020 Download
OT drop in flyer 2020 17th Jan 2020 Download
Parent feeding workshops Jan 2020 17th Jan 2020 Download
PT HARK Drop in flyer with dates Jan Dec 2020 17th Jan 2020 Download
Annual SEN Information Report 2020 2021 003 08th Jun 2021 Download