Newhaven School

Newhaven School


Multi Agency Support

Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)


The Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) service at Newhaven involves collaborative work with a range of professionals in order to assess and provide intervention to young people with communication difficulties. We offer support at a universal, targeted and specialist level. Specialist management describes personalised and highly specific care that needs to be carried out by the Speech and Language Therapist in conjunction with others. Targeted support describes support that is directed towards enabling the team around the young person to support their needs effectively. Universal support describes support given to all in the setting through influencing the culture and ethos of the environment to promote communication.


Access to the service is open to all and can be made through referral via parents or the school SENCO, Frances Akinde.

The Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) at Newhaven


The MDT is a fortnightly meeting of professionals that work in a pastoral capacity within Newhaven and outside agencies.

Pupils that the team feel may need further support through assessments/interventions are presented by pastoral leads and care pathways agreed upon at this meeting.

This holistic and collaborative approach ensures that interventions are co-ordinated and information between key agencies is shared effectively.


Namely membership consists of-

  • Pastoral Leads
  • Senco
  • Assessment Centre manager
  • School nurse
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Family therapist

The MDT is accountable to the Headteacher and referrals for discussion are made internally.


Attendance Advisory Service


The Attendance Advisory Service operates Fast Track to Improved Attendance programmes with schools, and school attendance is monitored rigorously.

If your child has unauthorised absences in an academic year, you may be liable for a penalty notice. From 1 September 2013, parents must pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days. 


How we can help

If you are concerned about your child's schools attendance, you can speak to the Attendance Advisory Service.


Every school has an allocated attendance advisory officer, whose job it is to work in partnership with you and the school to secure school attendance and give support.

Attendance advisory officers can offer advice on: resolving attendance problems; social and family problems; referrals to other services; other useful contacts.


What happens if a school refers me to the Attendance Advisory Service?

If the school refers you to The Attendance Advisory Service, an officer will write to arrange an appointment to meet you.


The aim of the meeting is to: examine the reason for your child's absence; consider your views on the situation; devise a plan to assist you in getting your child back to school.


Further appointments may be necessary, either at your home or school, to address the difficulties and secure attendance.


For your child's sake, you should cooperate with the attendance advisory officer to make sure your child overcomes his or her attendance problems and gets an appropriate education.

If you do not cooperate, the Attendance Advisory Service, on behalf of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, may consider the use of legal proceedings.


Educational Psychologists (EP)


Educational Psychologists work with staff and other professionals at Newhaven to help provide the individualised support that their young people need so that they can get the most out of their education and prepare them for adult life. This can include assessment and intervention with young people themselves to help them overcome the emotional and cognitive barriers that may be getting in the way of their learning and development.


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)


The Clinical Psychologist is commissioned by Newhaven from the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust). They offer a range of mental health services including training, Consultation supervision, consultations to staff, assessment and treatment. They specialise in assessment through close liaison with the SENCo and Head of the Assessment Service, cognitive behavioural approaches and group work.


The Family Therapist is commissioned by Newhaven from the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust). They offer a range of mental health services including training, Consultation supervision, consultations to staff, assessment and treatment. They specialise in parenting work, family work and consultations to the home school system involving both school staff and parents/carers. They work closely with the Pastoral Leads.


School Nurse


The School Nurse offers weekly early support and advice during the School Based Health Centre Drop-ins on a Monday (PRU) and Tuesday (NEST) during term time, on key issues such as –

  • Keeping physically healthy
  • Emotional health
  • Sexual health
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Diet and exercise

The service also helps young people with long term illness/complex physical or emotional health needs or disabilities, to receive extra support in school when they need it.

The School Nurse works closely with school staff, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), social services; local GP’s and Contraceptive and Sexual Health (CASH) services. Students can make a self-referral or it can be made from families, school staff or healthcare professionals.

Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons within Newhaven are also supported by the team, to provide informative, clear, evidence based health information, to assist the young person to make informed choices.


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