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  • Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College
    Pepys Road
    SE14 5SF
  • Head: Mr Declan Jones
  • T 020 7652 9510
  • F 020 7652 9520
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  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 3 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Lewisham
  • Pupils: 2,191
  • Religion: None
  • Open days: September
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 15th January 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 7th July 2011
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

An extremely diverse community, both culturally and socially. As one member of staff dryly observed, at the end of the school day equal numbers turn either right into the Telegraph Hill conservation area, where a five-bedroom house might go for £1.3m, or left towards New Cross and some of the worst social deprivation in London. The music in the senior school is astonishing. No other word for it. We see many schools which claim to have marvellous music, but they really do have it here. We sat, open-mouthed, through student performances of…

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Since 2008, Mr Declan Jones LLB PGCE NPQH (50s). A man totally in love with, and at ease with, his chosen sphere – 'this is an exceptionally exciting time to be in education,' he says. Grew up in Ireland, read law at Birmingham, then travelled the world for three years teaching English as a foreign language. Settled into a PGCE on his return and taught at various London comprehensives before coming to Hatcham in 1999 as curriculum manager. Became deputy head in due course, and was instrumental in expanding 'The Hatcham Brand' across Lewisham. Became acting head, then head in 2008, leading the school to its first outstanding Ofsted. Married with two teenage daughters.

A music lover, who is, in his words, 'very privileged to be principal here.' Extremely proud of...

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Special Education Needs

The College provides for students with a variety of SENs. We use in class support from a team of experienced and well trained teaching assistants and special needs assistants to meet their needs. Students with statements of SEN receive the support required by their statements. These include medical, physical, sensory and learning needs, such as dyslexia and dyspraxia. Both sites are now almost entirely accessible to students using wheelchairs as there are lifts in most of the buildings. Around one in seven pupils are on the SEN Profile, about half supported in class and around a quarter have additional support with specialist teachers or learning mentors. About 60 pupils with statements have a range of physical or other needs including ASD in which the school has a minor specialism – and they are supported by the inclusion team who include a college welfare office, counsellors and mentors, dyslexia team, behaviour and emotional needs support team, speech & language therapist, EAL and a team of teaching assistants who work alongside the (SENCO – Special Educational Needs Coordinator & Inclusion manager). Although it is a Victorian building, the school continues to develop facilities making it more accessible for pupils with disabilities. There are three lifts to assist wheelchair users. The Gifted and Talented team supports the very able with a wide range of activities. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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