The Learning Support Department works closely with pupils who have a variety of special needs; whether physical needs and/or general or specific learning difficulties. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all are able to participate fully in the life of the school and to access the mainstream curriculum. The SEN policy provides full details of the way that the school identifies, supports and monitors the needs of pupils with special educational needs.
Regular liaison with feeder schools, screening procedures and consultation with staff, students and parents ensure that a variety of needs are identified. The school continues to monitor all children so that any who are identified as having additional needs are assessed and provision made for them as early as possible in order for them to be able to achieve their potential targets.
In addition to the established pattern of Parents' Evenings, formal meetings are held bi-weekly between the relevant Head of Year and the Head of Learning Support. Any necessary intervention programmes are agreed; a key worker assigned and a diversity of needs is identified with respect to skills in literacy, numeracy, concentration, social skills and behavioural and emotional areas.