Supporting Students’ Learning and Wellbeing
Staff in the Student Hub work closely with the Progress Leaders and other pastoral staff within the school. We welcome any student who is having any kind of issue to come and talk to us and we will try to support them in any way we can. If we can’t help we will find someone who can.
Although teaching staff are responsible for meeting the learning needs of all their students, those who have an identified special educational need and/or disability (SEND) will be given extra support as needed. This may be in or out of the classroom and during, before or after school. There is a daily Homework Club open to all students, a Handwriting Club and Spelling Support Sessions. We also have a Support Drop-in Session where any student can come if they feel they need help or advice. There is also a self-referral system where students can let us know what they are finding difficult so we can offer them advice.
The school is designated as an 'Accessible School' for students with a physical disability. This means that all areas of the school can be reached by lifts, making it possible for students to access specialised subject facilities. In addition to several rooms for small group and one to one work, the department has a therapy room and hygiene suite to cater for the needs of our physically disabled students. Staff undergo regular training in order to support the students’ needs. We ensure that all children are included in both curricular and extra-curricular activities including educational trips and visits.
Students with low literacy levels may be taken out of Modern Foreign Languages lessons to work on a literacy programme. We use a programme called Corrective Reading and students do three lessons of this a week. It works on decoding, comprehension, reading speed and includes written work each session. Students do this for the whole of Year 7. Some students attend reading sessions either during tutor time or break time, while others are given 1 to 1 support in English lessons to accelerate progress. There is also the opportunity to use one lesson a week to do some pre-learning for maths.
In Year 9 some students may continue to work with the Student Hub instead of doing MFL lessons. Depending on the students we combine literacy, numeracy, science, learning about the brain and how we best learn and study skills to meet the needs of these students during their three lessons a week.
Year 10 and 11
A few students choose to attend the Student Hub as an option. They can use this time to enable them to keep up with their other courses, have extra help with literacy and numeracy, learn study skills, and have help with homework. Some students who have physical difficulties use this time to keep up with their physiotherapy.
We have a large department of Teaching Assistants who specialise in a particular subject or skill.