We are a dedicated department where pupils throughout the school can receive the support they require, gain confidence in their abilities and develop strategies to enable them to become independent learners.
We encourage all school staff to become involved in this process and to recognise their responsibility for the education of our pupils with specific difficulties.
All staff keep up-to-date with pupils’ needs through the Study Support Register.
Boys are assessed on entry but can be referred at any time throughout their school career, either by staff or their parents. Support is either full-time or short term (short term is usually three to four sessions).
Pupils are usually taught individually and during a slot suitable to their own timetable. In the junior section of the school we have an emphasis on spelling and comprehension skills as well as personal organisation and handwriting.
Pupils taking GCSEs are offered more tailored approaches to their study skills and are encouraged to develop their writing and subject-specific skills.
Where appropriate, we make access arrangements for public exams. The department will screen and assess pupils to determine whether they are eligible for concessions. Our purpose is to establish a level playing field for all pupils without giving an unfair advantage. All access arrangements are carried out and inspected by the strict JCQ guidelines.
Who do we support?
Any pupil who requires extra support to access the curriculum, typically:
- Pupils with dyslexia or literacy difficulties
- Pupils with organisational difficulties
- Pupils with mild Asperger syndrome or mild autistic spectrum disorders
- Pupils with numeracy difficulties
- EAL pupils (English as an Additional Language)
- Sixth formers who need organisational skills and/or study skills