Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Within our small classes we have been very successful in managing a variety of special educational needs, including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, and some children on the autistic spectrum, as well as pupils with a certain level of physical disability. There is limited one to one support available. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators will liaise with the pupil, parent and teachers to produce an Individual Education Plan to target specific learning, social, organisational or behavioural needs. These plans are regularly updated.  Occasionally parents are advised to seek an Educational Psychologist’s report to identify the level of need or to get a clearer diagnosis but all pupils are routinely screened in Year 9 to ensure appropriate access arrangements in public examinations are offered to all who need them and would benefit from extra time or other concession. Senior School has one classroom assistant who is allocated to classes where pupils would benefit from additional support. All subjects offer clinics where pupils can access individual attention and support.

Currently pupils in Senior School who have particular difficulties in Mathematics and English may be offered small group tuition rather than study a second Modern Foreign Language in Years 8 and 9.

In the Junior School, classroom assistants work alongside pupils and the class teacher to offer help and support.

We have difficulties accommodating pupils who cannot manage the physical environment unaided or who require a level of one to one assistance within the classroom beyond the provision stated above. Parents are advised to let us know before the registration process commences if they are concerned about their child’s level of need.

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ISI Inspection February 2013