Learning Development

We provide a caring and supportive environment enabling pupils with learning differences and disabilities to achieve their full potential. The ethos of the school supports unity through all aspects of a pupil’s school life. The order and careful discipline practised within the school helps pupils who need and respond well to routine.

We aim to identify learning differences as soon as possible in the secondary phase of education. Any issues are picked up through screening or through liaison with Heads of Section, Form Teachers, subject teachers, pupils, parents and coordinated by the SENDCO.

A detailed history of need and provision, such as interventions, enables the school to consider the learning and pastoral needs of the pupil at all times. Sometimes an educational psychologist report can show a full objective assessment of a pupil’s needs. Care is taken to help parents through this process since there are often concerns that a label is going to be attached that would diminish the pupil’s standing within the school community; this is not the case. Should an EP report be recommended by the SENDCO, it is then discussed with the parents and a way forward agreed. This may involve some targeted support for the pupil from the Learning Development Department for a given period of time, or advice to be given to the subject teachers about specific strategies to help pupils in lessons.

A whole school approach to key study skills, revision and exam techniques ensures that all pupils, including those with learning difficulties, are given a range of strategies to help them to learn effectively and to make progress. These techniques benefit everybody.

Pupils have access to all curriculum subjects, though reduced programmes of study in Years 8 and 9 may offer those with particular difficulties the opportunity to strengthen key skills and develop self- confidence before starting GCSE courses in Year 10.

Every pupil is encouraged to develop self- motivation and ‘study stamina’. Learning how to work with one’s strengths and meeting challenges with a positive attitude are key lessons for life which stretch far beyond school and exam results.