New SEND provision at Hampton High School

2 November 2021

A new Specialist Resource Provision at Hampton High school has been installed for up to 20 pupils with Social Communication Needs including Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and Mild to Moderate Learning Difficulties.

Pupils at Hampton High will be able to use the Specialist Resource Provision (SRP) in a variety of ways; some will access the majority of their learning in the new space, others will mainly learn within the mainstream school and will access occasional lessons and/or therapy in the space.

The new SRP was funded from a Department for Education grant - the Special Provision Capital Fund for 2018 to 2021 - which Richmond Council has used to provide additional places and resources for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans.

The SRP includes:

  • Two new classrooms, each with a capacity of up to 10 pupils and five staff with new desks, smartboards, TV screens and soft controlled lighting
  • A new sensory room to give students a quiet space dedicated to stimulating, developing and relaxing one’s senses. The room has low lighting, adjustable lighting projection equipment, fibre optics, mirrors, bubble tubes and an infinity tunnel. It also has various choices of comfortable places to sit, music, and a variety of interesting objects to examine
  • Two new group rooms. One room caters for four pupils and one staff member and will be used for general group work and/or therapy. The other room is for two pupils and one staff member and will be used for one-to-one interventions and speech and language therapy. Both rooms have dimmable lights
  • A new break-out space for students to use during break times if they prefer not to use the main school dining space
  • A new accessible toilet

Cllr Penny Frost, Chair of the Education and Children’s Services Committee at Richmond Council, said:

"We are delighted to have worked with Hampton High to create this important new facility. This has meant the school can help meet the increased demand for specialist school places, reducing the need for children to be educated in independent educational settings outside of the borough and further away from home. 

"Specialist Resource Provisions provide targeted support to enable young people to make progress and continue to access the mainstream curriculum while getting the extra support that they may need. 

"The school’s welcoming ethos of inclusion and support for children and young people is second to none. Thanks again to Hampton High!"

Rebecca Poole, Headteacher of Hampton High, added:

"We were approached by AfC (Achieving for Children) on setting up a Specialist Resource Provision back in 2019, following our Good Ofsted judgement, and we are thrilled to now have the provision installed after it was delayed last year due to COVID-19. 

"This fabulous provision will enable us to further live out our values as a truly inclusive school and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this new provision will have on the entire school community."

This new provision will supplement the additional SEND places established in the last few years at Windham Nursery, East Sheen Primary, Hampton Hill Junior, Heathfield Infant and Heathfield Junior, and Orleans Park secondary school.

In addition, there is the new primary centre of Capella House special school, a free school run by the Auriga Academy Trust.

Image: The new sensory room

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Updated: 2 November 2021

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