Learning Support

Learning Support

The Learning Support Department

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Resources

Available to the girls
The Learning Support Department, in accordance with the size of the school, is rather small. We have limited space and resources in comparison to some other comprehensive schools, however the standard of our assistance is no less remarkable. We have a small but friendly and accessible room where pupils can come to chat, have one-to-one academic support sessions and gather resources for classwork or homework. We have a small supply of AlphaSmarts and laptops, and where it is thought a pupil may benefit from using one of these resources we will contact parents and recommend usage.

These resources are particularly useful for girls with dyspraxia or dyslexia, or those with a physical disability. Unfortunately, because of the large number of staircases in the buildings and the narrow corridors, we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs. We do not have a  full time dedicated first aider or nurse, and so are also unable to accommodate pupils with complex medical conditions.

Careers Advisor
Our Careers Advisor attends all annual reviews for girls with statements in Years 9 and above.  He assists and advises both girls and parents with decision making during crucial transitional  stages in education.

School Counsellor
Our qualified counsellor is available once a week for a 50-minute session. Girls can be referred to him for an initial six sessions should they or their parents feel that they may benefit from  talking in confidence to someone independent from school and home.

Clubs for girls with learning and behavioural difficulties
The Learning Support Assistants run a range of clubs throughout the school week, these take place during lunch times and after school. These are important for those pupils who find designated social times, such as break and lunch daunting. Rather than leave these pupils  struggle with any fears and insecurities they may have, we create a space for them where  they can develop in confidence and in time become equipped to handle themselves in social situations. Homework Club runs each afternoon except Fridays from 3.30 to 4.30 pm. Pupils have the  opportunity to receive support from both LSAs and sixth formers who assist at the club on a voluntary basis.


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