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Hornbeam Academy


The Hornbeam Academy recognises its responsibility to ensure all students’ access to a variety of approaches to support and enhance their learning. As often as possible therapeutic interventions are used as appropriate within the student’s timetable and integrated through the student’s school day.  Students may also participate in individual therapeutic interventions or in small groups. Therapists work together as part of the student’s multidisciplinary team.

Speech and language Therapy

The Speech and Language therapy team at Hornbeam Academy currently consists of two Speech and Language therapists (SALT) and a Speech and Language therapy assistant (SALTa). The team are employed by North East London Foundation Trust and are based at William Morris and Brookfield House School Campuses.

Specific approaches may be used when appropriate, such as Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Intensive Interaction, Sensory Integration and Colourful Semantics. Appropriate training is provided to staff to ensure carryover of these techniques into the classroom setting on a daily basis.

Eating and Drinking Difficulties (Dysphagia)

Specialist SALTs provide a service to children who experience difficulties with eating, drinking or swallowing. A referral can be made by parents, school staff and other professionals. On the acceptance of a referral, a Specialist SALT will arrange to visit the school and will assess and make recommendations according to the needs of the individual child. Other professionals may also be involved as required, including doctors, dieticians and physiotherapists.

If you require any further information about Speech and Language therapy department, please contact a member of the team at the relevant school.

Misbah Muzammal

Senior Speech and Language therapist


Louise Rodgers

Speech and Language therapist



The Physiotherapy team at Hornbeam Academy currently consists of two senior physiotherapists a physiotherapist assistant and physiotherapy support worker.  The team are employed by North East London Foundation Trust with exception of the physiotherapy support worker which is employed by the school.  The Team works across all SEN schools in the borough. The Community Children’s Physiotherapy Team is situated at The Wood Street Health Centre, 6 Linford Road                     Walthamstow E17 3LA.

The team ensures that students are supported through the day with activities that maximize their independence. Physiotherapy programs are included throughout student’s daily activities. Physiotherapists work with class teams, individual students and small groups.

Physiotherapy activities include development of gross and fine motor skills; therapeutic exercises to improve strength, balance, coordination and flexibility; a wide range of aids including walkers, standing frames, wheelchairs; adapted equipment and technology to facilitate mobility; information and training for families about the physiotherapy and lifelong fitness.

 Physiotherapy goals and achievements are discussed with individual pupils, family, education, and therapy staff.

 How can you get in touch?

You can contact the Community Children’s Physiotherapy Team on 020 8430 7980 or the school on 02085272464.

After the initial assessment your child might be referred for a physiotherapy treatment, this is usually a block of 6 sessions plus a review.  All students in school who meet the threshold for physiotherapy had an initial assessment. Programs and treatments are kept under review.

Whereas appropriate you might be contacted to attend a physiotherapy appointment.

 What should I do if I cannot attend a physiotherapy appointment?

 If for any reason you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know as soon as possible by telephoning 020 8430 7980.

The more notice you give the less likely we are of wasting valuable appointment time.

If an appointment is cancelled by our service we will endeavor to find an alternative treatment slot for you, however we are unable to guarantee this.

How long will my physiotherapy appointment last?

For the first appointment the    session will be 40 mins-1 hour.

Who needs to attend the appointment with my child?

For the initial appointment we request that the parent/legal guardian brings their child.


Your child will be discharged from our service once they meet the discharge criteria or once they turn 19 years old.

 Missed appointments:

If you fail to attend two appointment and you do not call the department, you will be discharged from the service.

 The physiotherapy team also organizes the Orthotics Clinic. Orthotists provide care for anyone requiring a device to support or control part of the body (orthosis). This clinic happens every four weeks.  

Music Therapy

Music therapy provides children and adults with an interactive means of expression, using the unique qualities of music. Using a variety of instruments, including percussion, piano, guitar and voice, the pupil and therapist establish a trusting relationship and develop a musical language via improvisation, no matter what level of ability. Because musical participation and response does not depend on the ability to speak, music therapy is a particularly effective clinical intervention for people who have difficulty communicating verbally (British Association of Music Therapy, 2017)

Music therapists work with people of all ages with a wide range of needs, including learning disability, autism spectrum disorder, mental health issues, neurological rehabilitation, dementia and palliative care.

At school, sessions last for 30 minutes and take place at the same time each week. Music therapy offers a means of supporting pupils in several key areas, including communication skills, social skills and expressing and regulating emotions in a safe space.

Roxanne Scott is a HCPC registered music therapist, who holds a Masters degree in Music Therapy from Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Roxanne is a member of the British Association of Music Therapy. Roxanne works with individuals and group at Brookfield House School on Wednesdays.

For more information about music therapy, please visit the British Association of Music Therapy (BAMT) webpage,

Occupational Therapy

Children’s Occupational Therapy can help children with various needs improve their physical, sensory, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.  We aim to enable each child to discover how much they can do for themselves and achieve their potential to access the curriculum and develop independent living skills.  This includes play or leisure activities, self-care skills, academic and vocational pursuits.  

Occupational therapists will spend time finding out about the child’s and family’s typical daily life and what they want, need and are expected to do.  They will then work together with the child, family and other key people (such as teachers and teaching assistants) to evaluate what helps and hinders their involvement in daily life roles.  Together, possible solutions will be developed, such as exploring alternative ways of doing things and making changes to the environment to support participation. 

The School’s Occupational Therapy programme includes: 

Sensory Processing:  The aim with sensory processing difficulties are to provide intervention, strategies and adaptations in the environment to help the pupil self-regulate, to be able to be more alert and participating in the environment.

Activities to develop hand skills and handwriting.

Self-care:  Strategies to improve independence in self-care such as eating, dressing or toileting.  Advice is given to provide adaptations or adaptive utensils. 

Postural management:  Seating and postural needs of the pupil are assessed with the aim to increase functional ability and promote good postural seating. This includes the provision of specialist seating. 

Working with and training teachers and teaching assistants on various subjects such as motor skills, supporting children with Sensory processing difficulties and supporting fussy eaters (food aversion).

For referrals for music or occupational therapy please contact the class teacher.