Hemlington Hall Academy

SEND and EQUALITY

WE ARE ALL PART OF THE SAME SCHOOL FAMILY…

The most vulnerable deserve our best.” ​Nancy Zinkin

At Hemlington Hall Academy, provision for children with additional needs is at the very heart of the ethos of our school. Our statement of equality is simple; we strive to ensure all children achieve their best, irrespective of gender, race, need or background. All children can ‘be their best’.

Special Educational Needs and / or a Disability can affect many children throughout their school career and beyond. Whilst disabilities generally affect children long term, not all SEN difficulties should be seen as ‘Life Long’. SEND is seen by our school as the child requiring provision that is additional to, or different from the rest of the class. For example they may have additional needs due to dyslexia, coordination problems, number understanding, significant sight problems – the list is endless and every child is unique – however a carefully planned approach is needed, additional to high quality class teaching in order for these children to achieve as well as they can.

Our school has a variety of key policies which directly impact upon our provision for children with SEND, and ensure that we fully comply with the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations (2014). These are all available as part of our school website, and include:

The School’s SEND Information Report is a valuable source of information for parents in relation to SEND. This report details our ethos, processes, curriculum accessibility and provision for SEND, including who to contact if you have a question, query or complaint. Of course, our door is always open – so please speak with us if you ever need to. 

SEND INFORMATION REPORT

Miss Lovatt is our SENCo, she is supported by the duty SENCo, Mrs He. Both can be contacted by contacting the school office. 

For parents of children with an identified, or undiagnosed special educational need, it is important to know who you can turn to for specialist advice and guidance beyond the school. As such, in Middlesbrough, the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is a free confidential and impartial information, advice and support service on issues related to Special Educational Needs and disability. To find out more about what this great service have to offer, please follow the link https://fis.middlesbrough.gov.uk/kb5/middlesbrough/fsd/service.page?id=NK_hv9cBgyo or call on 01642 608012 or get in touch by email: [email protected]

THE LOCAL OFFER

The Local Offer is for parents and carers of children and young people with SEND, as well as the young people themselves.

It’s also a resource that individuals, groups or organisations can draw on in the work that they do in supporting children, young people and their families, by highlighting other resources, services or guidance that may be accessed.

ACCESSIBILITY PLAN 

Schools have a legal duty to carry out accessibility planning for disabled pupils. We are fortunate to be located in a beautiful new building, which is fully compliant with Disability Discrimination Act 2015 regulations – but accessibility goes beyond the physical space of a school.  

Our school’s accessibility plans are aimed at:

  • Increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the curriculum

  • Improving the physical environment of schools to enable disabled pupils to take better advantage of education, benefits, facilities and services provided, and

  • Improving the availability of accessible information to disabled pupils

​Click here to view Hemlington Hall Academy’s Accessibility Plan.

EQUALITIES AT HEMLINGTON HALL ACADEMY…

We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. Under the general duty of public sector equality duty, in the exercise of our functions, have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited under the Act.

  • Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;

  • Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it

As part of our public sector equality duty, we formulate, review and publish our school’s Equality Policy and Objectives – sharing them with all those connected to our school – in order to ensure that our mission is clear and communicated to all. Our Trust, as our parent organisation, also publishes a Trust wide Equalities information. Both can be found below:

School Policies – Equality Statement and Objectives 
Trust Policies – Equality and Diversity Policy and Objectives 

Teaching children about equalities, rights and difference is important to us at Hemlington Hall Academy. We aim for our children to be ‘good people’ – and in order to do that, they must be able and willing to recognise, understand and embrace difference. Our PSHE curriculum, encompassing our approach to Relationships and Sex Education, is a key in delivering this mission – as part of our wider ethos and the virtues which we promote. Please follow the following links to see our curriculum information; including our PSHE curriculum and overall curriculum design and ethos and virtues articulation.

Curriculum at Hemlington Hall Academy

Ethos and School Virtues

Please take a look at our full plan, below. 

CLICK HERE to view Middlesbrough Council Local Offer

CLICK HERE to view the DFE Local Offer and Guidance

Please find the SEND Information Report for Parents in the link below; HHA SEND Information for Parents

Key points of contact and how further information can be accessed.

Hemlington Hall Academy
Briscoe Way
Hemlington
Middlesbrough
TS8 9SJ

Tel. 01642 591171

Head Teacher – Mrs K Edmenson

Parents can discuss any concerns/complaints relating to SEND with the SENDCo, Miss S Lovatt, via the school office – Tel. 01642 591171.

Hemlington Hall’s Family Liaison Officer, Mrs J Harrison, or class teachers are also available by appointment via the school office.

For further information about Hemlington Hall – contact us at:

[email protected]

Additional information is available at Middlesbrough Council website:

www.middlesbrough.gov.uk

Link to Local Authority websites

http://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5568

To access the Glossary please click here

Privacy Policy

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

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If you are connected to the internet you will have an IP Address. This may take the form of a figure, such as 333.333.22.1. The address will be automatically collected and logged as part of the connection of your computer to our web server and may be used to determine the total number of visits to each part of the site. This data is not collected and used for other purposes.

This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.