Specialist Resource Base

The Hewett Academy hosts a Key Stage 3 and 4 communication and interaction Specialist Resource Base (SRB). This is part of Norfolk’s Local Offer for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  

SRB places are allocated by the local authority. Click here to find out more about the programme. 

The base is staffed by a lead SRB teacher, a second SRB teacher who is trained in emotional literacy support, an SRB coordinator (higher-level teaching assistant (HLTA)), and eight teaching assistants. We provide placements to students from schools throughout the county who are experiencing difficulties with accessing mainstream education due to their communication and interaction needs. We currently have provision for 20 placements; the students are supported to enable them to attend mainstream lessons. The SRB gives the students opportunities to develop independent learning skills by offering an adapted curriculum designed to enable individuals to manage their barriers and access a mainstream curriculum.  

If you are a parent interested in SRB provision for your child, please speak to the SENDCo at their current school. 

Prior to applying for an SRB placement, the SENDCo at the students’ current school should contact the SRB lead teacher or SENDCo at Hewett Academy either by phone or email.  
Parents should then arrange to visit the SRB and to meet with the SRB lead teacher.  

If parents wish to proceed with a placement application, the SRB lead teacher from Hewett Academy will need to visit, and observe, the child in their current setting prior to the SRB panel meetings arranged, and hosted by the LA.  

Visits can be arranged by appointment via our school office. 

The key people in our SRB are: 

Mr Little – Principal 

Mrs Farman – SRB Lead Teacher 

Mr Crumpton – SENDCo 

Mrs Pearce – Assistant Principal (SEND) 

Mrs Lewins – SRB Teacher 

Mrs Rawlings – SRB HLTA