At Henry Cavendish we believe that all pupils have a common entitlement to a broad, balanced, creative and relevant academic and social curriculum, and to be fully included in all aspects of school life. We believe that educational inclusion is about equal opportunities for all pupils. This does not mean that we treat all pupils in the same way, but that we respond to pupils in ways which take account of their varied life experiences and needs. We strive to eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and to develop a safe, healthy environment where all pupils can flourish and develop the skills to continue as lifelong learners.

We recognise the crucial role played by parents, carers and families in improving outcomes for pupils, and the important role of the local community. We aim to develop the whole child, ensuring that they become self-confident, flexible, inquisitive learners who are emotionally literate, self-aware and happy members of the school community.

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information Report for Children with SEND

All Lambeth maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with a Special Educational Need/s and or Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible, where families want this to happen.
The school will meet the needs of children with the following SEND:
• Communication and interaction
• Cognition and learning
• Social, mental and emotional health
• Sensory /physical

The information in our SEND report details the offer within the school and ways in which parents, children and young people may access the support required.

At Henry Cavendish we celebrate the diverse range of cultures, languages and religions represented by our pupils, their families and communities. We aim to provide a caring, happy and stimulating environment for all children, including those with English as Additional Language. The term EAL (English as an Additional Language) is used when referring to pupils whose main language at home is a language other than English. 40.5% of our pupils are EAL learners. We have 64 different languages spoken at our school. Polish, Urdu and French are the most widely spoken.

At Henry Cavendish we aim to work together to meet the full range of needs of these children and their families, ensuring they all feel valued in the Henry Cavendish community. Support is offered at a range of levels and individual needs are taken into account. It is important to us that we support both children who are new to English and those who are more advanced EAL learners, but may need extra support to fully access the curriculum.

Depending on the level of need, pupils are offered weekly individual or small group lessons in speaking, listening, reading and writing and more advanced EAL learners are offered curriculum support both in class and in withdrawal groups.

At Henry Cavendish, we nurture the abilities of all pupils in order to meet their individual needs. We strongly believe in provision that develops emotional as well as cognitive intelligence.
More able pupils at Henry Cavendish are empowered through flexible, inclusive provision that provides learning opportunities to ensure all pupils aspire to the highest level of personal achievement.
Our pupils have the opportunity to be involved in enrichment activities and receive support to achieve their full potential and raise their aspirations and attainment by developing their:

  • Ability to learn
  • Range of knowledge
  • Core skills such as problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Specific talents