The Learning Support department has six specialist members of staff with expertise in working with pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), including dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia and organisational problems, or for whom English is not their first language.
Pupils who need Examination Access Arrangements may be assessed either within the department by a specialist teacher, or by one of our visiting outside professionals. All pupils with SEND have a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) that summarises relevant information from educational assessments by outside professionals.
Pupils with a PLP who are ready to work independently are monitored by the department and given occasional help when required. For pupils requiring more intensive help, additional lessons are arranged. Whilst all candidates take the same entrance examinations, necessitating full command of the English language, some overseas pupils for whom English is not their mother tongue, may be advised to take additional English lessons instead of another modern foreign language.
The department offers help through the School’s programme of Voluntaries, either on a one-to-one basis or in small groups, to develop skills such as essay planning, revision skills, exam technique, mind-mapping and spelling. This help is available to all pupils at the School and can also serve as a stepping stone from lessons to independent learning.