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The Learner Support and SENDCo Department - Room 25

Contact: Mrs Percival

6 Learning Support Assistants

  • The department reinforces the need for teaching that is fully inclusive.  Our aim is to ensure that each student is happy and cared for effectively in a learning environment that promotes their academic, physical, social, emotional, cultural, moral and spiritual development equipping them for life after school in further education, training or the work place.

    1. We value the abilities and achievements of all students.  Whilst many factors contribute to the range of difficulties experienced by some students, we believe that much can be done to overcome them by parents, teachers, outside agencies and pupils working together.

    2. All teachers are teachers of children with special educational needs and have a responsibility to meet these needs.  

The Range of Provision:

The Learner Support base is situated in room 25 with an adjacent office for the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator.

The main methods of provision are:

• Additional help and support by subject teachers and learning support assistants through a differentiated curriculum
• Supported small group work in room 25
• Individual Education Plan targets written by subject teachers and SENDCo
• Read, write, inc programme for literacy intervention
• Reading, handwriting and spelling intervention
• Numeracy intervention
• Times tables intervention
• Telling the time intervention
• 1:1 paired reading
• ASD intervention
• Circle time activities to develop social skills
• Alternative curriculum activities on and off-site including the Prince’s Trust XL Club programme
• Individual mentoring sessions with Learning Support Assistants
• Access to computers and specialist materials and equipment eg dyslexia reading rulers, predicted text programme
• Access to and support from outside agencies
• Lunch and break clubs in room 25 for vulnerable students
• Early leave/ toilet pass/ priority pass for lunch
• “time out” card to access room 25 if necessary
• Access to lift
• Nurturing room (room 25)
• Homework club with LSA support
• Hydro pool visits
• Sportsability Group
• Transition support – visits
• Specialist support and advice on strategies, equipment or staff training from services eg. Educational Psychologist / Speech and Language Therapist / Autism Outreach
• Reviews with student and parent

The Range of Provision:

We are delighted to announce that Jackie Reed was one of 5 learning support assistants to receive an award from Teaching Personnel for being nominated for Teaching Assistant of the Year.  National Teaching Assistant’s Day was on 19th September. It was created by Teaching Personnel in recognition of the valuable role Teaching Assistants play in schools across England and Wales.  Along with the rest of the team of Learning Support Assistants, Jackie supports students across both Key Stage 3 and 4.  The LSAs liaise with the teachers and contribute to sharing good practise with regards strategies for supporting our students with SEN, so that they can reach their full potential.

Jackie has particular specialisms in managing students on the autistic spectrum and is involved in sportsabilty for students who find it difficult to fully access mainstream PE.  This year our sportsability team got through to the Table Cricket Final at Lords.  Jackie secured funding for this event through local businesses and she motivated the students to fund raise by making and selling cakes during break at school.



Ofsted Comments

The school is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners
• Behaviour is good...calm and well-ordered
• Students are enthused and want to learn
• Exceptional staff commitment
• Senior Leadership of the highest calibre
• Pioneering work
• Significant investment to develop the quality of teaching
• Teaching is motivational
• Students are making strong gains
• High parental satisfaction
• Students talk with pride...relationships are positive in lessons and around the school
• The atmosphere for learning and for personal and spiritual growth is outstanding
• A purposeful and forward-looking institution capable of further outstanding growth

Recent Inspections

Congratulations to our students, staff, governors and families on two fantastic inspections,

each lasting two days! Ofsted were the first to visit under the New Framework in January this year, closely followed by a SIAS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools). Judged from Good to Outstanding in all categories.:

Most of all, we pride ourselves on being inclusive; a neighbourhood school, open to all. See our new Admissions Policy or simply give us a ring and we’ll show you around.

Mrs. Booth