Special Education Needs

Hatch End High School is committed to being an inclusive mainstream secondary school.  We work with young people, parents/carers and other agencies to ensure all policies and practices keep the young person central to decision making and we support the best possible preparation for adulthood.

Hatch End High School is a fully inclusive school who ensures that all pupils achieve their potential personally, socially, emotionally and academically in all areas of the curriculum (regardless of their gender, ethnicity, social background, religion, sexual identity, physical ability or educational needs).

Students with SEND are fully integrated into the life of the school and encouraged to take an active part in the extra-curricular activities of the school. All pupils follow a full mainstream curriculum and withdrawal from lessons is kept to a minimum. When pupils are withdrawn from mainstream classes it is to benefit from targeted interventions in a small group or on an individual basis. All pupils are entitled to an education that enables them to:

  • 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

We work closely with external agencies such as Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologists, CAMHS etc. to coordinate and deliver pupil specific support to our students with SEND.

Other useful documents such as our SEND policy and Disability Accessibility Plan are available. If you would like further information about what we offer here at Hatch End High School, then please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

All Harrow schools will have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities to ensure that they make the best possible progress in school.

For more information please contact Mrs S Ellis, SENDCo & Teacher of the Deaf on sellis@hatchend.harrow.sch.uk or 0208 428 4330.

Full SEN Policy

SEN Information Report

Parent to Parent SEND Information Directory

Harrow Parent Forum

Harrow Local Authority’s Local Offer can be accessed here:


For more information on the new SEN Code of Practice please see: 


Please see the DfE publication “Special Educations Needs and Disability a Guide for Parents and Carers, August 2014”:


The NASEN website also has many useful publications: 


We offer support in the following ways:

Year 6 Induction

Students with SEND can access an enhanced transition programme with additional school visits, opportunities to meet peers and key staff and become familiar with the school site. The SEND team will also attend meetings with primary SEND teams to ensure a smooth transition of information, learning plans and strategies.


Students with Education & Health Care Plans will receive a comprehensive programme of support in line with their plan. This may comprise of in-class support from a teaching assistant, withdrawal 1:1 or small group for targeted interventions, access to support from external agencies, statutory annual reviews and close home-school liaison.


Students on the SEN Register but without an Education & Health Care Plan can access support in school, as appropriate. This may comprise of withdrawal small group, targeted interventions, further assessments, as required and access to support from external agencies.

Exam Arrangements

Students may be entitled to be assessed for Exam Arrangements in preparation for Key Stage 4 examinations. Arrangements can include use of computer to type responses with/without spell check enabled, a reader, extra time, alternative venue. We adhere to the current JCQ Access Arrangements Guidance.


We have a team of experienced teaching assistants at Hatch End High School providing in-class support, liaising with subject teachers to support SEND students and delivering intervention programmes.

Breaktimes and After-School

Our SEND base - the Cedar Room, is a quiet space where students can spend breaktimes. Staff supervise the space at break to ensure there is a peaceful atmosphere and use the time to promote conversation skills, social skills and provide a warm welcome to students. We also offer after-school homework clubs to support students with SEND to complete their homework before they go home.

Sensory Room

In our SEND base – the Cedar Room, we have a small sensory room. This quiet space is available to some students who benefit from use of a comforting environment to feel calm and prepare for learning.