It’s a pleasure to introduce myself as the new Headteacher of Lime Academy Hornbeam. I am excited to be joining this school and am fully committed to providing the best education and most innovative learning opportunities for all pupils who come through our doors.  

I have worked in SEND education all my teaching career in extremely successful schools in different London boroughs. Outside of supporting schools, I have deepened my own knowledge of SEND through further study and research which can only help support the pupils and the school in its next phase of development.  

My personal commitment and vision is always to the young people and staff that I am privileged to be working with. I am a team player and believe that strong staff teams must work collaboratively to promote a commitment to understand and respond to each students point of learning. All our students are unique, different and deserve the opportunities to be successful in school and in their next stage of life.  

I am looking forward to putting parents and the pupils at the centre of what we do to include them purposefully as key stakeholders working to recognise and develop further the various special talents that our young people have.  

Best wishes,

Ben Hawes BSc (Hons), PGCE, M.Ed, CMgr MCMI


Lime Academy Hornbeam comprises of two sites, Brookfield House and William Morris. We offer a specialist provision for pupils aged between 2-19 with a range of complex and significant learning needs in the area of cognition and learning (with co-occurring conditions). This includes learners with autistic spectrum condition and those with complex physical and sensory impairments.

Our Brookfield House site caters for learners that have complex learning, medical and behavioural needs who benefit from a multisensory approach where communication and pupil voice are at the core of the curriculum offer. At Brookfield House, we understand that learners may not always acquire skills and knowledge in linear ways, so there is an emphasis on making learning “real” and meaningful through contextual learning experiences, repetition and generalisation to secure good outcomes. We work closely with therapists to ensure that barriers to learning are removed and students can access the curriculum in a meaningful way. We value experiential learning where pupils apply their learning experiences in the community to prepare them for life after Lime Academy Hornbeam.

Our William Morris site caters for learners that can access key areas of the national curriculum which is appropriately adapted to meet their level of cognition. Students have access to specialist teachers that support learning within key areas of the curriculum. Our ambition for pupils at William Morris is to study the full curriculum at their own levels of cognition and attain key accreditations and qualifications that will set them up for their journey beyond Lime Academy Hornbeam. Learners have opportunities to complete BTECS and functional skill qualifications

Although both sites offer different provisions, our overarching aims are the same:

• To support and equip our pupils with the relevant knowledge, skills and experiences to be active members of society.
• To provide a personalised provision for each learner that is adaptive and responsive to need.
• To promote independence and not dependence.
• To develop independent living skills and work related learning which is integrated into daily routines that builds on confidence and resilience providing a sense of achievement which is celebrated by the whole community.
• To work collaboratively with all stakeholders

We aim to achieve this by:
• Providing our learners with an effective means of communication to enable them to have a voice E.g. Symbolic, Makaton, Verbal, Gestural, AAC.
• To provide a well-planned, sequenced curriculum that is matched to both cognitive ability and individual strength that prepares students for adulthood.
• To embed our multi agency offer throughout the curriculum to ensure we meet the complex learning and behavioural needs of all our learners.
• Provide a breadth of experiences that enables learners to generalise, maintain and contextualise skills/experiences.
• Promote opportunities for peer and social interaction to develop confidence, resilience and social skills.
• To develop a clear pathway (ASDAN, Functional Skills) for students that underpins their learning and acknowledges the progress that has been made.
• To understanding each unique learner and their current starting points which enables us to build on prior learning that is both meaningful and fun.

To ensure our provisions are fit for purpose we have invested in a comprehensive plan to develop both sites to meet the changing needs of the cohort and to ensure that the provisions provide the best opportunities for learners to succeed.


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