Learning Support is provided for those students who the school and the LEA have agreed have difficulties accessing the National Curriculum. Where possible they are kept in small teaching groups in Years 7, 8 and 9 and are given additional tuition in basic literacy skills. To improve students’ core literacy the Learning Support Department is guided by the National Curriculum for English. In Years 10 and 11 they will progress through their Option Groups with full guidance and support. In September 2019 there were 22 students in the school with a Statement of Educational Need/Education and Health Care Plan.
The Learning Support Co-ordinator has a strong team which identifies and monitors students throughout their time in the school. Some students participate in a Phonics programme to help develop their literacy skills and the Units of Sound computer programme to help develop their spelling skills. The school believes strongly in inclusive education and provides new and challenging learning experiences for students with learning difficulties. These are provided by each curriculum area with advice and guidance from the Learning Support Department.
Each curriculum area identifies gifted and able children as early as possible. Teaching strategies are modified to provide the challenges and experiences needed to allow these children to achieve fully. The SEN Information Report outlines the provisions in place for SEN students.