Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, Special Educational Needs and Gifted and Talented
‘If a child does not learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach them the way they learn.’
Schools can often be unsettling environments for the very children and young people who need them to be the most transformative. We value all children equally, regardless of ability. The Curriculum Support department uses a whole school approach to ensure pupils’ individual needs are supported in all subjects. Our differentiated lessons support as well as encourage students to develop strategies which will help them perform to the best of their ability.
- Mrs Gaelle Sullivan SENCo, Assistant Director of Learning and Teaching, BA, PG SEN, CCET
- Mrs Kasia Janes Teaching Assistant, BA
- Ms Rosie Shelmerdine Teaching Assistant, BA
Pupils with additional needs are fully integrated into the school. Their progress is monitored closely and students are given extra help as appropriate while aiming to build self-esteem, resilience and independence. The department support students with a range of additional needs. Pupils have an individual support plan with individualised and differentiated strategies to inform classroom teaching and ensure optimal progress.
Furthermore, the department can provide study surgeries: assistance and guidance to any pupil with learning, organisational, revision or exam difficulties.
In-house standardised assessments are available to determine the need for access arrangements at GCSE and A Level. We can arrange full Educational Psychologist assessments and diagnostic assessments from a range of trusted external partners.
Candidates with special educational needs may be allowed additional time in the entrance examinations. Documentary evidence, such as a current Educational Psychologist’s report, should be submitted to the school before the closing date for applications.