When the title “learning support” is used in schools it is usual to think of pupils who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Independent schools, however, are in an unusual position. Our pupils have met rigorous criteria to gain entry to the school and cannot be said to have a “significantly greater difficulty in learning” than the majority of children of the same age, which is the conventional definition of SEND. However some pupils may have a slight difficulty or relative weakness in one aspect of their learning when compared to their peers in the school, for example an able pupil with dyslexia or dyspraxia.
Additional learning needs
These pupils could be said to have “additional learning needs” and the school strives to support these pupils. They are encouraged to play to their strengths and at the same time make improvements in their area of weakness so that they can access the curriculum more easily, keep up with the pace of lessons and so can fulfil their potential.
Some of our pupils have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities provided for children of the same age in the school and have a statement of special educational needs. These pupils generally have a sensory impairment – visual or hearing impairment – and they have specialist help to enable them to access the curriculum.
Learning support co-ordinator
Mrs Sarah Boardman is the Senior school learning support co-ordinator and she is assisted by Mrs Debbie Flint in the english department and Mrs Molly Evans in the mathematics department.
Mrs Joanne Noble is the Junior school learning support co-ordinator. She liaises with staff and parents to identify and set up appropriate support for children who require extra help with life at school.
The school welcomes visiting teaching colleagues from outside agencies, such as Stockport Council’s sensory support service and Manchester’s children’s services, who come into school to support specific pupils.
The headmaster and governors are committed to supporting the learning, attainment and personal development of all pupils at the school including those with additional learning needs.