‘Provision for children needing learning support is well organised and is one of the strengths of the school.’
ISI Inspection Report
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The Learning Support department employs two full-time specialist teachers and three part-time learning support assistants (with various specialisms), who provide monitoring, evaluation, diagnostic assessments, specific individual teaching and additional class-based teaching for children throughout the school. The department also benefits from a part-time maths specialist.
In order to ensure that every child reaches his or her academic potential, the Learning Support department annually administers standardized assessment tests to all pupils. This screening process starts in Year 1 and continues until Year 8.
Learning support is all-inclusive in the Pre-Prep unless a specialist tutor, a personal learning support assistant or diagnostic assessment by an outside agency is specifically required. In the Prep School, pupils are charged pro rata for learning support and specialist teaching.
In the Prep School, attention is also paid to the important transition stage from Year 2 to Year 3. The Learning Support department provides small support groups for both literacy and numeracy in the Junior School. These groups form an integral part of the curriculum and aim to consolidate any weaknesses in literacy.
We make learning support an enjoyable part of everyday school life and we work best if we have active and open communication with parents. We are proud of the achievements of those children who experience some learning difficulties. We aim to provide children with practical strategies to help them access the school’s broad and balanced curriculum, helping them to become independent learners who have the tools to succeed in gaining places in Common Entrance to a variety of senior schools.
"Pupils are highly appreciative of the non-material aspects of life [...] Pupils value friendship highly."
ISI Inspection Report 2017