The Learning Support Department aims to provide a safe, secure environment to support the learning and personal development for students that find mainstream lessons a challenge.
Students with Special Educational Needs at our school will receive the best education, have the highest expectations for the quality of their work and be self-confident in their learning. Our priority is that all students reach their full potential and make as much progress as they can.
The department provides additional support for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). SEND students will have School Support, or have a statement/EHCP. Many of our students have complex needs covering a variety of differences across a broad spectrum.
The Learning Support Team aims to tailor its support to each individual student’s needs. Support offered has a very clear focus on working with subject departments, including assisting subject teachers in developing a variety of differentiated materials and strategies to enable all learners to succeed. Students can expect to be supported in any subject depending on their needs.
We have an EAL department that supports students that arrive in school with a poor command of the English language.
For the few students who are in the early stages of learning English, they require differentiated work set and may receive additional adult support in class or a short-term withdrawal programme. We aim to facilitate the integration of students for whom English is an additional language into the full life of the school, as quickly and as effectively as possible. The support is specific to the needs of students and changes as the student's needs change.