Hamilton School

Hamilton School is a SEMH (Social, Emotional, and Mental Health) Special School in Reading catering for up to 64 students with Education, Health Care Plans (EHCP). 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Sarah Concannon
Contact Position
0118 937 5524 0118 937 5524
Hamilton School's website
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Where to go

Hamilton Road
135, Bulmershe Road
Directions to RG1 5SG


Age Ranges

Inclusion Information

Special Needs provision
Special Needs Experience
behavioural problems
Social & Emotional needs

Childcare Information

Ofsted Information

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Local Offer

Contact Name
Sarah Concannon, Headteacher and Jill Corfield, Assistant Headteacher/SENCO
Contact Telephone
0118 937 5524
Contact Email
Accessibility Plan Key Policies SEND
Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
SEN Provision Type
Local Offer Updated
Download more Local Offer details for SEN Information Report - Local Offer document 2020-21

Schools Extended Local Offer Response


School Name: Hamilton School Address: 40 Christchurch Road, Reading, RG2 7AY Telephone: 01189 375524 Email: hamadmin@maidenerleghtrust.org Website: https://www.hamilton-school.co.uk/ Ofsted link: Head teacher: Jane Straw SENCo: Name: Jane Straw (Acting SENCO) Contact: 01189 375524 Date of latest Accessibility Plan: 2019/20 Date completed: April 2020 By whom: Name: Jane Straw Role: Headteacher Government Legislation requires all schools to publish the SEN Information Report / Local Offer (clause 65 of the Children’s Act). This report is coproduced by the Headteacher, Governor’s and parents. It is a lengthy document and its aim is to outline the provision that the school provides for children with SEND. *School to provide a general statement about what the school provides in box below.

General Statement – Hamilton School is a secondary SEMH (Social, Emotional, and Mental Health) Special School in Reading catering for students with Education, Health Care Plans (EHCP). Our students may also have additional learning needs. The behaviours that students demonstrate may have led to a diagnosis of SEMH at their previous placements but the additional need may have been diagnosed later.

1: The kinds of special educational needs for which provision is made at the school
1.1: Do you have children with SEND in your school?

Yes, all students have an EHCP, primary need SEMH.

2: Information related to mainstream schools about the school's policies for the identification and assessment of pupils with SEND
2.1: How do you know if a pupil has SEN?

EHCP Hamilton School provides SEN support for all students in line with outcomes in EHCPs.

3: Information about the school's policies for making provision for pupils with SEND whether or not pupils have EHC plans
3.1: Where can I find information about the school SEN Policy?

All policies including SEN can be found on the school website.

3a: How the school evaluates the effectiveness of its provision for such schools
3a.1: How do you make sure that the SEN provision is helping pupils make better progress?

We use an assessment system to check progress across national curriculum subjects, particularly Maths and English. Staff complete student wellbeing data half termly in order to monitor these.

3b: The school's arrangements for assessing and reviewing the progress of pupils with special educational needs
3b.1: How do you check and review the progress made by pupils with SEN?

Baselining on entry/annually; using an assessment system which breaks the curriculum down into small steps. Parents’ Evening in the autumn term; written reports in the spring and summer terms; Annual Reviews The local authority is always invited to Annual Reviews

3c: The school's approach to teaching pupils with SEND
3c.1: How do your teachers help pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities to learn?

Small classes, usually with a TA present, differentiated work, scaffolded tasks, provision of equipment such as laptops or iPads Contact your child’s teachers. An overview of each subject can be found in the Curriculum area of the school website under ‘Subjects’

3d: How the school adapts the curriculum and learning environment for pupils with SEND
3d.1: How have you made the school buildings and site safe and welcoming for pupils with SEN or disabilities?

The school has undergone some refurbishment in the past year including repainting and the fitting of new doors. The school building is old and we are moving to a new site in 2021 - 22. Tasks are set according to gaps in learning / using baseline assessment and our assessment tool.

3e: Additional support for learning that is available to pupils with SEND
3e.1: Is there additional support available to help pupils with SEND with their learning?

HLTA Interventions to support literacy skills from January 2021 Curriculum budget; purchase of alternative provision places for some students; options to develop vocational skills Contact the child’s Form Tutor At admissions panel, verified with LA

3f: Activities that are available for pupils with SEND in addition to those available in accordance with the curriculum
3f.1: What social and extra-curricular activities are available for students with SEND?

Reading Football Club and Reading Rockets (lunchtime activity), social communication groups, alternative provision opportunities, creative arts Contact Form Tutor All students have the opportunity to attend these activities

3g: Support that is available for improving the emotional and social development of pupils with SEND
3g.1: What support will there be for my child's overall well-being?

Pastoral support workers offer 1:1 sessions; these staff have received ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) training; School Care Officer

4: In relation to mainstream schools, the name and contact details of the SEN Co-ordinator
4.1: Who should I contact if I want to find out more about how the school supports students with SEND?

Contact Jane Straw, Head Teacher

5: Information about the expertise and training of staff in relation to children and young people with SEND and how specialist expertise will be secured
5.1: What training have the teachers and other staff who support children and young people with SEND had?

Trauma Training, Therapeutic Schools Training, Team Teach training, ELSA training (TAs), support from BFFC Educational Psychologist

6: Information about how equipment and facilities to support children with SEND will be secured
6.1: What happens if my child needs specialist equipment or other facilities?

Request for additional funding made to LA

7: The arrangements for consulting parents of children with SEND about, and involving such parents in, the education of their child
7.1: How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child's education?

Annual Reviews Remote learning opportunities at home via Google classroom; support available from teachers

8: The arrangements for consulting young people with SEN about, and involving them in their education
8.1: How will my child be involved in his/her own learning and decisions made about his/her education?

Annual Reviews; progression pathways which are discussed with students; careers support particularly in year 11

9: Any arrangements made by the governing body relating to the treatment of complaints from parents of pupils with SEND concerning the provision made at the school
9.1: Who can I contact for further information?

Vicky Boatman, Clerk to Trustees, Maiden Erlegh School will pass your concern on to the school’s SEN Trustee The school complaints procedure is on the school website and should be followed.

10: How the governing body involves other bodies including health and social care, LA support services and voluntary organisations, in meeting the needs of pupils with SEND and in supporting the families of such pupils
10.1: Who else provides services in school for children with SEN or disabilities?

Educational Psychologist SaLT Organisations previously detailed. Request support from Admin Team who will pass to Head Teacher

11: The contact details of support services for the parents of pupils with SEND including those for arrangements made in accordance with clause 32
11.1: Who should I contact to find out about other support for parents and families of children with SEN or disabilities?

Reading IASS www.readingiass.org/

12: The school's arrangements for supporting pupils with SEND in transferring between phases of education
12.1: How will you help my child make a successful move into the next class or secondary school or other move or transition?

By chairing an Annual Review at the appropriate time and supporting transition arrangements

13: Information on where the LA's SEN Information Report / Local Offer is published ORDINARILY AVAILABLE statement - Provision the local authority expects to be made available by schools, early years and post-16 providers)
13.1: Where can I find out about other services that might be available for our family and my child?

Local authority website Reading IASS www.readingiass.org/

14: Arrangements for assessing and reviewing children and young people's progress towards outcomes. This should include the opportunities available to work with parents and young people as part of this assessment and review
14.1: What opportunities will we as parents and our child have to review our child's progress towards the agreed outcomes?

Parents’ Evening in the autumn term; written reports in the spring and summer terms; Annual Reviews

15: Who can I contact for further information?

Admin Team at Hamilton Schoo

16: What is the complaints procedure?

Complaint procedure published on school’s website

17: Our external partners are

Educational Psychologist Speech & Language Therapist Social Care


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