Gipsy Hill

Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do at Gipsy Hill Federation. Our aim is to ensure that every child is fully included both academically and socially; that we meet the needs of all children so that every individual child makes accelerated progress and meets their full potential.

Quality First Teaching by the class teacher is at the core of this aim. All planning is therefore fully differentiated so that all children can fully access the curriculum and make progress at their level.

Building on this Quality First Teaching, there is also an additional range of support and expert advice that can be put in place to meet the needs of children with special educational needs or when we identify that a child might be underachieving. If you are concerned about your child, please speak to your child's class teacher and/or the school's SENCO. They will be able to advise you on the range of support available and what would best meet the needs of your child. All support given will be measured according to the aims of the intervention to ensure that they have the desired impact as well as to ensure children are generalising and transferring the skills they learn back to the classroom.

All teachers at Gipsy Hill Federation are committed to creative and inclusive learning environments that aim to meet the needs of all pupils.  The learning environment incorporates different learning styles, gender, cultural diversity and a variety of interests.

A variety of different presentation techniques are used including interactive displays and table top displays.  All our displays include questions and allow the opportunity for the child to engage with the display.  We strive to find a balance between learning aids that support the children with their learning e.g. number lines, key vocabulary but also to ensure we allow opportunities to celebrate the children’s own work and learning by displaying it clearly and prominently in their classroom and around the school environment.  Our classrooms incorporate opportunities to display a balance of all areas of the curriculum and displays are regularly changed and updated.

For children with specific needs the learning environment may include their own timetable, a now and next support grid or an established area of the classroom with their own work station.

Gipsy Hill Federation SEND Report January 2017

Following a very successful Inclusion Quality Mark assessment at Kingswood, Elm Wood, Paxton and Glenbrook in February 2015, these schools have now been confirmed as IQM Centres of Excellence.

Family Services

Children will only learn and meet their full potential if they feel safe and happy. We recognise the importance of partnership working between home and school in order to ensure that every child's needs are met to support them to meet their full potential. We operate an open door policy and strive to ensure that we are able to meet and communicate with all parents as regularly as possible.

The Family Services team are a team dedicated to forging strong links between home and school and within our community. We understand that parenting is a hard job and, at times, there can be barriers to meeting a child's needs, such as housing, finances, bereavement etc. The Family Services Team are therefore able to provide support and guidance to access other services, provide advice as well as work in partnership with you to support you to help your child meet their full potential. The work the Family Services Team carry out is varied and individualised to the particular situations that you and your family might be facing.

Inclusion staff

  • Head of Inclusion: Amelie Thompson
  • Safeguarding Lead (Family Services Manager): Annmarie Ahtuam
  • SEND and Family Services/Safeguarding Governor: David Okoro


  • SENCOs: Amy Salter (KWU) and Zoe Nash (KWL)
  • Deputy Headteachers for Inclusion:  Clare Gudgeon 
  • Family Services Officers: Ria Mason (KWL) & Rahat Uddin (KWU)


  • SENCO: Madeleine O'Callaghan 
  • Deputy Headteacher for Inclusion: Anica De Se Pereira
  • Family Services Officer: Charlotte Newman

Elm Wood

  • SENCO: May Chapman
  • Deputy Headteacher for Inclusion: Myrtle Charles
  • Family Services Officer: Felix Morgan


  • SENCO: Sharon Ashton and Safia Belhouchet 
  • Deputy Headteacher for Inclusion: Lindsey Snook
  • Family Services Officer: Nicola Frazer


  • SENCO: Gemma Nuttall
  • Deputy Headteacher for Inclusion: Sophie Dickin
  • Family Services Officer: Hayley McNee


  • SENCO: Shirley Pearson
  • Deputy Headteacher for Inclusion: Debbie Palache                                                    
  • Family Services Officer: Tanya Fernandez


  • SENCO: Karen Sylvester
  • Deputy Headteacher for Inclusion: Lesley Murdoch                                              
  • Family Services Officer: Chemayne Sarwar


  • SENCO: Jennie Claff
  • Deputy Headteachers for Inclusion:  Marie Mutter and Louise Joines                                         
  • Family Services Officer: Ann Duffy
latest stories
  • Year 4 PGL Residential 2017

    Day 1 Four seasons in one day We started bright and early ready for our adventure to PGL. Parents waved us off gleefully as we bordered the coach (possible looking forward to some child-free time). The coach journey was pleasant and the children enjoyed moving through the familiar landmarks of London and out beyond to the less familiar countryside. Once we arrive we quickly saw our family of federation schools waiting for us. We soon realised that we were in for a wonderful time with our friends. After a hearty lunch, we split into our mixed federation groups. Children and adults dispersed across the site to begin the many exciting activities. We climbed, jumped, swung and abseiled like we were fearless. We cheerer on our friends and supported those who needed our support. Unfortunately the weather did not match our enthusiasm and spirit as we experienced sun, rain, hail and then back to sun again..truly four season in one day! Nevertheless and not to be defeated we continued on and showed our true determination to do what we had set out to do.... learn, have fun and make new friends. Day 2 Facing our fears! After a full breakfast we were ready to face our fears and challenge ourselves to achieve all that we can. We had a range of exciting outdoor activities to try and we were keen to get started. At the crate challenge we learned how to belay correctly. Our instructor Katie taught us a rhyme to help as remember to belay correctly. We learned that it is very important to 'lock off' so that we can help our friends to climb safely. Stacking and climbing the crates was quite tricky and we had to balance carefully. When we could climb no more, we got to swing off and kick the mountain of crates over. We thought this would be scary but as soon as we jumped it was exhilarating and felt like we were flying. Another activity we really enjoyed was 'The Giant Swing'. This is a highlight for many children and we had been told all about it from the children who went to PGL last year. The swing is quite daunting to look at. It is like a giant trapeze suspended high in the sky. You have to have a harness and be safely strapped into it before you can have a turn. Your friends have to use their muscles to pull the rope which winches you as high into the sky as you dear to go. Then you count down 3-2-1....ahhhhh! It's definitely an experience we will cherish from our primary school days.

    Year 4 PGL Residential 2017
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