Students need additional help from time to time. Some have particular needs which require the help of the Support Studies department. In September 2016, there were 15 individuals on roll with either an Education, Health, Care Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs, but support is also being given to many others. The school is committed to providing for each student the most appropriate level of support possible within the resources available. A copy of the school’s policy on provision for students with special educational needs is available from the school office on request or via our website. There is a nominated governor who is responsible for liaison with the Support Studies department.
Students with special needs are identified as early as possible using information from primary schools, parents and screening tests. Where necessary a programme will be devised, which may involve individual or small group work outside the main timetable, or the provision of additional support within normal lessons. Progress is carefully monitored and where appropriate advice is provided to enable parents to help their children at home.
All staff are expected to recognise students’ individual needs and to plan and provide for those with special education needs within their teaching groups. In addition, students may themselves request additional help. The staff of the Support Studies department have specialist expertise including qualifications in the teaching of students with specific learning difficulties. They are assisted by a trained team of Teaching and Learning Coaches with considerable expertise and experience. The needs of students receiving additional support are reviewed regularly on an individual basis. Advice is sought from other external professional agencies, when necessary, which might include educational psychology or communication and language.
The progress of all students is continuously monitored and support may be provided or withdrawn, increased or decreased, as their needs change. Parents are contacted if there is cause for concern or if significant changes in the provision of support are being considered. Parents are not necessarily notified when routine checks on progress are being undertaken or when minor adjustments in the provision of support are made. Further information can be obtained from the Head of Support Studies, Mrs Jan Vincent or the Director of Intervention and Inclusion/SENCo, Mr Tim Sandford.