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What kind of school is Haverstock School?

What kind of school is Haverstock School?

We are a Camden secondary school for boys and girls in the 11-18 age range. Haverstock School is a successful and popular school for which serves the local community.  210 students are admitted into Year 7 each September.Parents and carers residing in Camden make applications for places through the London Borough of Camden.  Please follow the link below to find out more: http://www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/education/camden-schools/secondary-schools/secondary-admissions/

Students in other London boroughs should apply through the borough in which they live. 

Haverstock follows Camden’s admissions policy.   Priority is given to applicants who:

  1. Are looked-after children (LAC).
  2. Have Educational Health Care Plans (EHCP) or a Statement of Special Educational Needs (S).
  3. Have siblings at the school.
  4. Are students whom the Local Authority has identified with exceptional social and/or medical needs.
  5. Live nearest the school.

Parents of children who have an Educational Health Care Plan should not apply through the ordinary secondary transfer process, but should be guided by the SEN team of the Local Authority that maintains the EHCP.

As a community school, Haverstock is committed to being an integral part of the local community and to working with both local and national partners. This ensures that all of our students, including those with SEND, leave Haverstock School not only with the highest academic qualifications and the skills that will give them opportunities to have successful careers, but with values and attitudes that will make the world a better place.  Furthermore, we are part of the UK wide Career Academy programme.

Our most recent OFSTED inspection 2011 noted that:

“Lesson observations highlight the excellent relationships teachers establish with their students, as well as their detailed lesson planning, secure subject knowledge and good use of technology to enhance learning. Students with special educational needs and/or disabilities are sensitively supported by teaching assistants and support teachers who work well with classroom teachers and have a clear understanding of their responsibilities.”

Our Vision

The Governors and Staff of Haverstock School are committed to the inclusion of pupils with Special Educational Needs and disabilities into the full life of the school with equal access to a broad and balanced curriculum.   The overall aims for Haverstock are based on the highest expectations of attendance, work, behaviour, high academic standards, and success promoted through excellent teaching, independent learning and an ordered stimulating environment. We are committed to working in partnership with parents to ensure they are well informed and centrally involved in the life of the school.

What we think is important at Haverstock School

  • We welcome difference and diversity. Our culture is based on respect, strong relationships and tolerance. We are unequivocal in challenging discrimination.
  • We help all of our pupils to realise their potential and to recognise the basic equality of all people so that they can become independent, self-motivated learners and responsible citizens.
  • We value and celebrate the achievements of all our students.
  • We are committed to working in partnership with parents to ensure they are well informed and centrally involved in the life of the school.
  • We will always involve parents and their children in planning and reviewing progress; we keep parents informed of their child’s progress and share positive information with them, as well as raise issues where necessary.
  • We know that the earlier we identify special educational needs and provide support, the more successful our students will be.We will always provide expert support and resources for students with SEND to fulfil their potential. We do this by monitoring their performance and of staff carefully and systematically.
  • We make sure that all our staff has the knowledge and skills to support all students with SEND in our school.

How we learn with and from other schools

We are a learning community and believe that it is important to work with other schools to make sure that our knowledge, expertise and skills on SEN/D issues are up to date.  We undertake visits to local schools to look at aspects of their practice such as how they support pupils making slow progress in reading and mathematics and how they train, support and make best use of additional adult support across the curriculum.  Our SENCO attends the Local Authority SENCO forum which keeps Haverstock up to date with national developments and local projects on inclusion.

Specialist support

Teachers and support staff work closely with members of specialist support services which provide for our school.  The services which are working in our school include both in-house services (professionals that are bought in by the school and therefore work as a member of the Inclusion Team) and services external to the school’s normal staffing:

Specialist Service and typeFrequencyExamples of what they do
Educational Psychologist: in-house service1 day each week (usually Wednesdays)

Support for children (observation, assessment or one to one work)

Advice to staff, parents and children

Ongoing staff training

Support for assessments

Educational Psychologists: external service15 visits per year

Observation of children

Advice to staff, parents and children

Support for assessments

Camden Speech, Language and Communication Service: in-house service2 days each week (Mondays and Tuesdays)

Support for children (one to one, small group or in-class)

Support for teaching staff in making the curriculum accessible for pupils who have communication difficulties

Ongoing staff training

Camden Speech, Language and Communication Service: external serviceBy referrals for specific children

Observation of children

Advice to staff, parents and children

Support for assessments

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS): external serviceBy referrals for specific childrenMental health support and advice for children and their families
The Camden Hearing and Visually Impaired ServiceBy referrals for specific childrenSupport and advice to parents, children, school staff on meeting the needs of pupils with hearing and/or visual impairments.
Occupational TherapistsBy referrals for specific childrenSupport and advice to parents, children, school staff on meeting the needs of pupils with physical impairments and/or fine and gross motor difficulties.
 Community Policing Team Full-time in-school position

Support and advice to parents, children, school staff

Keeping our school community safe

School Health Team: School Nurse1 day each weekSupport and advice to parents, children, school staff on health matters including vaccinations, hearing tests, child development and other medical concerns.
Art Therapy: in-house service

1 day each week (Thursdays)

Support the emotional and social development of young people.