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Learning Support

The Learning Support Department is situated in the Learning Hub and is led by the Director of Learning Support Mrs Collier-Radford (SENDCo and Attendance).

Special Educational Needs is overseen by Mrs Collier-Radford KS4 & 5 SENDCo and Mrs Jones KS3 SENDCo. Both of whom hold the National SENDCo Award.

The Learning Hub has a number of staff within the department that includes Mrs Hare and Mrs Philips who oversee the running of our learning zone. We have a number of well qualified full and part time learning support assistants who lead interventions and provide in class support. The SENDCo's are supported by an administration assistant Mrs Fitzgibbon.

The role of the department is to support the learning and progress of those students who have an identified special educational need and to help remove any barriers to learning that they might experience. We recognise that all students may need additional help or support at some point in their secondary school education and we aim to put that support in as it is needed.

We provide a number of interventions to support students who face barriers to their learning through a special educational need and these include interventions for spelling, reading, numeracy, speech and language difficulties, nurture support, social skills programmes and behaviour and attendance support programmes.

All students who are on the special educational needs register have a one page passport which is sent to all teaching staff in order that the needs of the student is met in the classroom. These are regularly reviewed with parents, usually at a parents evening by a SENDCo. Students may go on and off the register following each assessment point and parents will be contacted either via email, phone or letter if their child goes onto or off the register.

All teachers are teachers of Special Educational Needs and we recognise the need for students to be supported through high quality teaching that is well differentiated and scaffolded as necessary to meet those needs. We provide teachers with generic training and information on all SEN needs throughout the year and support them through learning walks and student focussed meetings where necessary.

Access arrangements for GCSE exams are tested for at the end of Year 9 / beginning of Year 10 by a qualified assessor. Students are identified for these through regular reading and spelling tests, classroom teachers and written work.

The school is supported by a number of outside agencies which include educational psychology, specialist teachers, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, CAMHS outreach, family resilience and Aspire Pupil Referral Unit.

Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Collier-Radford (Director of Learning Support (SENDCo) if you have any concerns about your child’s progress in Years 9, 10, 11 or sixth form and Mrs M Jones about your child’s progress if they are in Year 7, 8 or 9.

Further Information

Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy and Disabled Access Policy can be found on the Policies page of this website.