Hornchurch Academy Trust


Guiding Principles

All of our pupils have the right to an education that is appropriate to them as individuals. Therefore, as far as possible, it is our aim to minimise the difficulties that pupils may experience.

We aim to achieve this by adopting the three principles that are essential to developing a more inclusive curriculum.

Three Principles for Inclusion:

  • Setting suitable learning challenges – we aim to give every pupil the opportunity to experience success in learning and to achieve as high a standard as possible.
  • Responding to pupils’ diverse learning needs – we take in to account the different backgrounds, experiences, interests and strengths which influence the way in which pupils learn when we plan our approaches to teaching and learning.
  • Overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of pupils – we recognise that a minority of pupils will have particular learning and assessment requirements that will create barriers to leaning if we do not address them through special arrangements.

You will find our HAT SEND and Inclusion policy, accessibility plan, local offer and report below.

Our school local SEND Lead is Mrs C Holder and the Trust Director for SEND & Inclusion is Mrs A Gillham, if you would like contact either of these, please send an email marked for their attention to: office@shears-green-infant.kent.sch.uk


Complaints Procedure for SEND

  • There are opportunities throughout the year for a parent consultation, these can be used to discuss minor concerns that a parent may have. During these meetings the class teacher will clarify and log any potential concern.
  • If a concern persists and the parent wishes to complain further, they will then need to contact the school Local SEND Lead who will meet with them within five working days. The school Local SEND Lead will log the concern.
  • If a satisfactory outcome is not achieved then a meeting needs to be arranged between the parent, class teacher, Local SEND Lead and Group SENCo. If the complaint is not resolved the parent then needs to put the complaint in writing to the HoS. The HoS will then respond to the complaint either in a meeting or in writing, within ten working days.
  • If the complaint is still not resolved then the parent needs to enter the HAT Trust complaints procedure, which will guide them on how to formally complain to the Trust CEO and Trust Board.
  • If a pupil holds an EHCP the complaint, resolved or on-going, will be addressed at the pupil’s annual review.
  • If a pupil holds an EHCP or the complaint is under Disability Discrimination Legislation, the parent should complain directly to Kent LA. If the parent lives outside of Havering they should complain to the appropriate geographical LA.
  • If the complaint is still not resolved the LA will explain the parent how to take their complaint to an Independent SEND Tribunal.

Kent Local Offer

The Local Offer gives children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, and their families, information about what services are available for them in their local area.

Kent Local Offer