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Learning Support and English as an Additional Language


Learning Support

Learning Support (LS) is a resource which can be drawn upon by anyone requiring support – long term, short term or occasional. Our support is not confined simply to those diagnosed with a specific learning need.
We can help with:
  • Spelling, reading and writing difficulties
  • Study skills, revision and exam technique
  • Organisational difficulties
  • Concentration and self-esteem issues
  • Essay writing
  • Handwriting
  • Learning to learn
  • Maths

The Learning Support Department is comprised of fully qualified teachers who are led by Susan Cohen, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). The teachers are specialists in the teaching of pupils with specific learning needs. Support is available for:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dyscalculia

All subject teachers and Housemasters/mistresses are made aware of a pupil’s individual needs. There is close liaison to ensure that pupils’ needs are addressed and met sympathetically and discreetly.

What information do parents need to provide?

It is expected that parents disclose any information regarding their child’s LS needs or diagnosis of any condition, together with the relevant reports or assessments.

How are Learning Support lessons arranged?

  • Pupils are taught on an individual or small group basis
  • LS sessions are integrated within individual pupil timetables
  • LS is arranged with co-operative liaison between LS staff and teachers
  • Regular weekly sessions are advised
  • Individual programmes of support for short term or occasional needs are available covering essay writing, exam techniques, organisational and study skills
  • LS support is charged by the session and added to the termly school bill

Feedback on progress

Termly reports are written for all pupils who are receiving LS lessons. We are always available for consultation at Parents’ Evenings or by appointment. Parents are welcome to contact the LS teachers at any time throughout the year by telephone or email.

What happens with assessments?

On Form 1 and Form 3 entry to the College, all pupils are screened by the LS Department. Sometimes these baseline tests suggest a possible need. In such cases the LS Department contact parents to discuss the best way forward.

The LS Department is able to recommend an Educational Psychologist should a formal assessment be thought necessary. The LS Department can assess pupils for access arrangements.

Support for exams

The LS Department is bound by the regulations as laid down by examination boards. Provision is made for those pupils requiring a reader, scribes or extra time in their exams.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department help to fully integrate all pupils whose first language is not English into the academic, sporting, artistic and social aspects of school life by helping them to develop their English language skills. Pupils are encouraged to contribute to the school community and to be proud of their own culture.

English language skills are developed in the four areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and by expanding vocabulary, grammar and cultural awareness. Particular emphasis is placed on communicative skills. In addition, support may be given for other academic areas as the need arises.

Ensuring equality of access to the curriculum includes appropriate exam concessions. Pupils whose first language is not English are entitled to use a bi- lingual paper dictionary in public examinations and those who have been in the country for less than two years are also entitled to up to 25% additional time.

To find out more about exam concessions and Special Educational Needs, you can view the EAL Policy here


LS and EAL Teachers

Meet the Teachers

Learning Support Teachers - September 2019

  • Mrs Susan CohenSpecialist Dyslexia Teacher, Assessor and French Teacher – BA (Hons), PGCE, Certificate in Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (OCR Level 5), Certificate of Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements (CPT3A Level 7)
  • Mrs Angela Wise Specialist Teacher and Assessor Dip. RSA
  • Mrs Rebecca MetcalfeTeacher of Learning Support – BSc Marine Geography, Cardiff University and PGCE Secondary (Geography), Swansea University
  • Mrs Carolyn EdwardsSpecialist Dyslexia Teacher and Assessor – BH (Hons), PGCE, Certificate in Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties, Certificate in Assessing Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Mrs Lynn StaceySpecialist Maths Teacher – BSc (Hons), Diploma in Teaching, Diploma in Teaching Numeracy, Certificate in Teaching Learners with Specific Difficulties (OCR Level 5)
  • Dr Chris Campbell - MSc (Imperial College London), PhD (University College London)
  • Mrs Carole Smythe - Specialist Maths Teacher - BA (Hons), University of Reading; Postgraduate Diploma in Education, PGDE
  • Mrs Julie Middleton-Reid - BEd (Hons) in Geography, Cambridge University. Qualified Teaching Status for ages 3-11.
  • Mrs Nicola Merry - BA (Hons) International Management and French, PGCE Primary with French, Diploma in Teacher Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (OCR Level 5).

EAL Teachers - September 2019

  • Mrs Julie Middleton-Reid - BEd (Hons) in Geography, Cambridge University. Qualified Teaching Status for ages 3-11.
  • Mrs Anna Jeffers - BA (Hons) in Modern Languages (French and German), Exeter University and Cert. in TESOL, Trinity College London.