The Learning Support Department aims to enrich and extend the learning of all our pupils, recognising that pupils learn at different rates and have different individual needs.

The purpose of learning support is to offer help to our students and enable them to reach their full potential. The team of in house assistants and external specialist is managed by our Learning Support Co-ordinator who manages the needs of pupils and the skills available to them.

Pupils are taught by an exceptional external specialist teacher who is able to advise staff and parents regarding strategies and also devise Individual Educational Plans (IEP) aimed at reducing learning deficits. To reduce curriculum disruption this provision takes place in prep periods, lunchtime and during activity sessions. There is also a small team of Learning Support Assistants who can support pupils in class and/or withdraw them from lessons to complete work initiated by the teacher on a 1:1 or small group basis. Pupils can be assessed, given programmes and access arrangements for the external examining boards at GCSE and GCE.

English as an Additional Language (EAL) lessons will be offered to overseas students who require help with English in order to access the College curriculum. All such students are assessed upon arrival to establish their standard of English in order to help teachers plan future teaching and learning experiences. EAL lessons take the place of a modern foreign language in the curriculum of these students.

Further subject information can be found in the relevant school curriculum document on the Curriculum page.