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 known as “Renaissance”, meaning a revival or renewed interest, which reflects the goals of this dedicated team to ensure that all possible barriers to learning are removed in order for them to achieve successful outcomes

The Renaissance Team

Jeanette Alexis
Renaissance Lead & Teacher of the Deaf

Renaissance Lead & Teacher of the Deaf

Renaissance Lead & Teacher of the Deaf
Jeanette Alexis is Learning Centre Lead and oversees the implementation of our inclusion policy with particular responsibility for specialist SEN teaching and EAL. Jeanette is also our Teacher of the Deaf and lead of our Deaf Support Base.


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

SENCO & Teacher of English

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

Student Wellbeing Manager

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.

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

Renaissance has a team of over 25 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 including an onsite Speech and Language Therapist. We benefit from dedicated and high-quality facilities, including the Renaissance Centre which houses much of our specialist work with students. 

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.

The Renaissance team also includes an EAL coordinator, Magdalena Siemieniecka, who assesses all students identified as EAL for their EAL level. Teachers are provided with information to differentiate effectively in classes and in a small number of cases, students are withdrawn for targeted EAL support.

The academy provides additional provision for a range of needs including hearing impairment.  We also have a nurture teachers for students in year 7 & 8.  The nurture teachers provide targeted teaching for students with moderate learning difficulties, communication and interaction and sensory needs.  Year 9-11 students previously accessing nurture provision will be supported by Teaching Assistants and access to BTEC and Technical Awards.

Led by Jeanette Alexis, and overseen by Assistant Vice Principal Amelia Aiken, The Renaissance Team comprise over 20 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. We benefit from dedicated and high quality facilities, including provision for deaf and hearing impaired students.

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.

Renaissance team

The work of Renaissance is shared between specialist teams. Each team has a different focus in removing specific barriers to learning faced by our students - please explore the drop down links in this section to get a flavour of the work these teams do and how we may help to support your child whilst they study with us.

Click here for our Annual SEN Report 2019-20

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