"Scrutiny of students' work shows that the quality of achievement in the college is good for most groups of students at Key Stage 4, including disabled students and those with special educational needs."

Ofsted 2014

Special Educational Needs

Learning Support Department

Our teaching staff are committed to the success and well-being of all our students. However for those who need additional support, our learning support department team is here to help.

Our SEN Inclusion Policy can be viewed on our Policies and Procedures page 

Students with special educational needs

Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo), Mrs Zoe Percival, is responsible for the overview of each student identified as having special educational needs. The College has a team of eleven Learning Support Assistants (LSA), who work with the students who are on the SEN/D register. The teaching staff work closely with the LSA’s to support each student with their learning. The student’s progress is closely monitored and this information is reported to parents/guardians regularly.

SEN/D students are assessed for their individual needs and support is put into place to meet those needs. This may be support within their usual classroom setting, in dedicated small group sessions or one-to-one targeted intervention. The support may be short term intervention or long term support throughout their time with us.

Partnership outside agencies

The learning support department works in partnership with a number of outside agencies to support students who need more than the college team can offer.  This includes: The Educational Psychology Service, Autistic Spectrum Disorder Team, Speech and Language Therapy, Counselling Service and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

Students with English as an additional language
We provide support for students whose first language is not English to help them improve their fluency and comprehension.

For those whom English is very limited when they join us, we engage the support of the Borough Ethnic Minority Achievement Service. However, wherever possible, the students study the full National Curriculum alongside their peers and are set according to their level of understanding rather than their level of English.