Senior Learning Support

Senior Learning Support

Ditcham Park School has always been, and remains, committed to accepting pupils with a wide range of academic abilities and welcomes applications from all prospective pupils, irrespective of a pupil’s gender, disability, race, religion or belief, or special educational needs (SEN).  We treat every application for admission in a fair, equal and consistent manner.

We welcome applications from pupils with disabilities, either physical or learning, provided our site can practically accommodate the physical disabilities of an individual, and provided we feel the pupil with learning disabilities will be able to access the curriculum and thrive.  Our Learning Support Department is an important and integral part of our educational provision. We recognise that all pupils have particular strengths and abilities and that some have areas of learning which may require extra support both in the short and long term. 

Admissions Requirements:

We require parents of children with special educational needs, or physical and/or mental disability, to discuss their child’s specific requirements with the School Admissions Team before they undertake a “Taster Day” or sit an entrance test, so that we can consider our ability to adequately provide for them.  

Parents are asked to provide a copy of an educational psychologist’s report or a medical report, as appropriate.  The School will then consider the application on a case-by-case basis, to ensure that any requisite, reasonable adjustments can be made to meet the specific educational needs of the pupil in question.

If after careful consideration, and consultation with the parents, the School deems it is unable to provide the requisite support, and that this support would be better provided in an alternative educational setting, a place may not be offered and parents would be advised of this as early as possible.  If the School is satisfied that the child’s teaching and learning needs can be met, by way of any reasonable adjustments, and a place is offered, the School will monitor the child’s progress to ensure that their educational needs are continually being met.

Monitoring Progress:

Academic progress and the development of all pupils in the school is monitored closely. Regular meetings are held to discuss individual and group achievements. Close analyses of examination and test results are routinely carried out to help identify those who may be experiencing difficulties in aspects of their learning.  The school uses CATS4 to identify academic potential from the Junior School through to the Senior School.

Where a pupil is identified as having areas of weakness in their learning, a support programme may be put in place which is tailored to the pupil’s individual needs. All one to one support sessions are delivered by a dedicated team of specialist teachers, trained to devise, and teach individual programmes which will identify the pupil’s strengths and use these to support those areas requiring greater development.

Currently the school has a number of children who have a diagnosis of mild to moderate Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Speech and Language Disorder, Hyperactivity and Autistic Spectrum Disorders, plus a number of pupils who simply require a little more support than others in aspects of their learning.

Individual lessons are charged as an extra and will be added to the school bill at the start of each term.  Pupils do not miss core lessons but may come out of some lessons, arranged to suit each pupil’s preferences, so far as is possible.  There are four small friendly learning support rooms where pupils work comfortably at their own pace.

Our aim is to help all pupils achieve their individual potential and become independent learners. Ditcham Park School has a fantastic record of achievement with pupils who have specific learning difficulties, with many of these pupils ultimately achieving excellent GCSE results and admission to Sixth Forms in top schools and Sixth Form Colleges. More information about learning support at Ditcham Park School can be obtained by contacting Ms Lucy Shaw-Baker (Head of Learning Support). lucy.shaw-baker@ditchampark.com

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