Early Years Additional Support

We believe in developing the whole child, taking into account their individual needs or talents and we provide a more personalised programme of learning.

Our excellent team of class teachers is supported by an experienced team of Learning Support Assistants who work with different groups of children both inside and outside the classroom. They spend time with pupils who need further support accessing parts of our curriculum, and also with the more able who require extension work.

Gifted and Talented

From Upper Kindergarten upwards throughout the school the Gifted and Talented programme is designed to identify pupils with a particular flair for a subject and to help them to maximise their full potential.

We try very hard not to label children and are often able to support them intensely without them or their friends realising they are doing anything differently from the ‘norm’.

‘High Flyers’ who display a particular talent for a subject are given additional time in an individual or small group learning environment with a specialist.

In KS1 and 2, topic work, which combines History, Geography, Art and Design Technology, offers opportunities for individual research projects and extended use of ICT skills. Creative talents are also catered for through the ICT Club, music peripatetic lessons, the school orchestra, choir, dance competitions and annual dramatic performances. Sporting talents are encouraged via our extensive extra-curricular provision of activities and our entry into local dance, netball, football, swimming and athletic competitions individually or in teams.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

We have a well-qualified and experienced team of SEND staff who help to identify pupils who may need extra support. This is given individually in or out of the lesson, in pairs or groups.

Individual Learning Programmes (ILPs) are prepared so that focused support may be provided in class as well as in extra lessons. We also have access to a large number of independent specialists, such as Speech and Language therapists who are able to offer individual programmes to help children’s learning and general development.