Our Learning Support Department offers individual support and teaching to students with a wide range of additional learning needs. These needs may be short-term or permanent and they range widely.
Some pupils come to us for help with study skills, some are referred by teachers who are concerned that test results are not accurately reflecting ability, some need additional support with English as a Second Language and some have a diagnosed learning need and so benefit from individual support to help them thrive.
The SENDCo, Mr Mark Huggins, is able to carry out a range of assessment tests at the school. Results from the assessments may be used to apply for examination access arrangements. They can also be used to build up a profile of the student detailing an analysis of need, strengths and strategies to support the student, holistically, within the school. Following the assessment, further advice may be given for the student to have a more detailed educational assessment with one of the school’s recommended assessors. The SEND Department is able to advise parents/guardians on the logistics of obtaining an educational assessment for their child.
Our Learning Support Teacher, Ms Alison Hughes, provides individual support lessons, which take place either during girls’ free periods or during lunch breaks. These lessons are highly individualized and focus on academic skills and strategies. For those students entitled to exam access arrangements, these lessons also provide an opportunity to experiment with, and practise using, the appropriate exam accommodation.