Senior School Learning Support

The school has a Learning Support team who organise screening tests for students entering the school in Year 7. In addition, observation and evidence from teachers is also used to identify students who may have specific learning difficulties. Our Learning Support Co-ordinator produces a Personal Educational Plan for each student who is diagnosed as dyslexic or who has any other recognised learning difficulty, teachers will also provide help based on the recommendations that have been made. We also endeavour to ensure that students who are identified as being in need of special support receive help through outside agencies, if necessary, and through any non-specialist help that subject teachers are able to give. We wish to be sympathetic and supportive to students with difficulties to ensure that they fulfil their potential and are happy in their studies.

We have a strong sense of community and the wellbeing of students is our primary concern. We encourage our pupils to express their views and feelings and to air matters that concern them. Our commitment to pastoral care ensures that every child is allocated a member of the teaching staff upon joining the school; their tutor. Tutors in turn report to a Head of Year who reports to the Deputy Head (Pastoral Care).

Our experienced school Counsellor Susanna Martin PG. Dip. Couns MBACP (Accred.) and Counselling Supervisor is also available to help our senior school students and appointments can be made with her directly during the school day.

Exam time can be stressful for all of our pupils especially those with additional learning needs. Our Learning Support Team is dedicated to helping these students achieve their full potential in an exam situation by providing the optimal conditions. Through these access arrangements students may be allowed extra time, to take the exam alone or work on a laptop. These arrangements are designed to even out the ‘playing field’ so these students have as much chance at excelling in an exam situation as the rest of their peer group.

The school also has a special relationship with Dr Andy Dalziell who specialises in providing home-based intervention programmes for children and young adults who have learning and/or behavioural difficulties, developmental delay or individuals who are under-achieving.

Dr Dalziell looks behind the symptoms and treats the underlying factors that are known to contribute to:

Reading and spelling difficulties
Developmental Co-ordination Disorder/Dyspraxia
Dyslexia
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADHD)
Poor listening skills
Concentration and memory problems
Educational Underachievement
Poor self-confidence and self-esteem
Developmental Delay

There are several students in the Senior School that have been referred to Dr Dalziell and are undergoing programmes at present, with beneficial results.