The Learning Support Faculty: Mrs Williams – SENCO / Head of Learning Support
To recognise, celebrate and cater for a wide range of need through a robust and fluid curriculum offer at both KS3 and KS4. We pride ourselves on ensuring that our students are always prepared for the next stage of their education, which will be identified on an individual basis.
Mrs Williams - SENCO / Head of Learning Support
Mrs Smethurst - Head of EAL / 2iC, Learning Support
Mr Roberts - Manager, Foundation Learning Group
Mrs O'Brien - Manager, Supported Study Group
Mrs Coleman - SEND English Specialist Teacher, KS4
Mrs Jones - SEND Specialist Teacher, KS3
Mrs Rollins - SEND Specialist Teacher, KS3
Mr Cheetham - Supported Learning Centre Leader
We also have three Personal Care Assistants and a team of over 30 Teaching Assistants
Key Stage 3 - Year 7 - 9
Early in Year 7, our Nurture Group students are identified. These will be the students who have the greatest barriers to academic learning in the year group. From October of Year 7 they have access to a differentiated but broad and balanced curriculum, built to meet the needs of the students identified in that particular year group.
Key Stage 4 - Years 10 & 11
Our Key Stage 4 students are divided into two groups;
Supported Study gives a curriculum offer for students who struggle with their learning, and this can be for a range of reasons.
Foundation Learning Group has a curriculum offer for those students whose main barrier to learning centres around behaviour issues.
Whilst these are our main classes, we also offer support, typically 1:1 support, to every child in school who has an Education, Health and Care Plan.
For Nurture Group, Supported Study and Foundation Learning Group, the assessment type depends entirely on the curriculum offer and may lead up to final assessments which may include GCSEs or other types of recognised qualifications.
We have a suite of 5 dedicated teaching rooms, all with ICT facilities.
Home Learning is set when it is needed and is linked to enhancing learning opportunities.
The Learning Support department run a wide range of extra curricular activities, including daily lunch clubs and access to activities such as Sports Ability days.