Senior Learning Support

Senior Learning Support

Ditcham Park School is committed to accepting pupils with a wide range of academic abilities and our Learning Support Department is an integral part of the school. The school recognises that individual pupils may have particular strengths and abilities as well as areas of learning which may require extra support both short and long term.

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.

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.

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.

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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24 January

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Could you work this Countdown calculation out? Joe and Orlagh could! 😀 #FridayFeeling #FridayMotivation #FridayThoughts #maths #education #whereeverychildisknownandvalued @OxUniMaths @OxUniMaths https://t.co/qXfhDsd65c

23 January

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Reception have been learning about Chinese New Year & have their very own 'Panda Park'! Did you know that showering isn’t allowed New Year’s Day. This is to make sure you don’t wash away the good luck! #ThursdayThoughts https://t.co/Ud1bDFPl21 #cute https://t.co/wiO8GZfo3G

21 January

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#NationalHuggingDay beautifully demonstrated by our Dragonflies during an afternoon walk in our 16 acres Dragonflies Nursery Open Day Wednesday 11 March 9am-11am #ditchammagic #morethananursery https://t.co/AJwAZdStVw

16 January

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Transition were excited about their swimming lesson this morning with our very own Aqua Man Mr Vaudrey and Mermaid Miss Batten! Will they get splashed?! #lifeskill #appetitebuilding #ditchamdelicious #Taro https://t.co/34uNbG9Hrb

14 January

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Well done to our Wonderful Reception pupils who Worked very hard on their Words beginning with W. They reached 101 and are still going! #Whizzkids #Wonderous https://t.co/B5X3seEI1D

09 July

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Let our #STEM week commence!! So many exciting activities, workshops and demonstrations from some amazing companies - thank you 🙏 @RoyalNavy @Siemens @IntequalLTD @Tesla @boconline @roamingrobots @ciwf https://t.co/uKUABrMmf0

06 July

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Did you know 2018 is the year of #engineering? At Ditcham we are promoting STEM to all of our #students to encourage them to consider their futures within these industries. https://t.co/mv9x5ehtn9 #womeninbusiness #YearOfEngineering @Siemens https://t.co/fN1mOqOr2H

05 July

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Doing amazing things to promote #Science, #Technology, #Engineering & #Maths at Ditcham Park School…find out more https://t.co/0He8XP1IvD @bioPURE_service @IntequalLTD @Tesla @boconline #STEM #STEMweek https://t.co/Eief9ERpfs

03 July

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July 10th will see students in school taking part in a project designed by the Royal Society Of Chemistry . Completion of the project can earn students a Bronze CREST Award https://t.co/pokO7fspkk @RoySocChem @BritSciAssoc #STEM #STEMweek #LovePetersfield https://t.co/xU0WvxttPw

29 June

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#Science, #Technology, #Engineering & #Maths - giving our pupils the opportunity to explore more about these industries and helping them to make decisions on their future path in life. 😎 You can find out more about our #STEM day activities here: https://t.co/kuXQMi76uE https://t.co/VJ4XHYfMvC

27 June

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STEM DAY UPDATE: On Monday 9th July the Ditcham Park Senior school will be spending a day off site on #STEM inspiration trips 👍#engineering #maths #technology #science #education #STEMweek #LovePetersfield https://t.co/sIYhS36OJf

24 January

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Friday magic role play in Reception! Exceptional bandaging by Dr Lowri on Grace who was a model patient! #inspiringfutures

24 January

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We’re exceptionally proud of three of our pupils who have reached the finals in the first ISA Young Musician Competition which is taking place on Sunday in Warwick. We send warmest Ditcham wishes for an enjoyable and successful event to Hebe Parrott (Cornet) who will be performing in the KS4/5 Senior section, George Leighton (Trombone) who will be performing in the KS3 Middle section and Hester Ellett (Violin) who will be performing in the KS1/2 Junior section.

24 January

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Could you work this Countdown calculation out? Joe and Orlagh could! 😀

24 January

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On the Menu Today: A Friday Treat! Fish Finger Bap 😋 or roasted salmon! Ice cream for afters? #ditchamdelicious That is the end of our week 3 menu - we'll circle back round to week 1 on Monday! Have a great weekend, when we get there!

23 January

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Reception have been learning all about Chinese New Year and have their very own 'Panda Park'! Did you know that showering isn’t allowed New Year’s Day. Sweeping and throwing out garbage isn’t allowed before the 5th. This is to make sure you don’t wash away the good luck!

23 January

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Dragonflies enjoyed their music lesson this morning in The Big School with specialist music teacher Mrs Leighton. They counted, sang songs and rode the horse! What a fabulous way to begin a Thursday! Dragonflies Nursery Open Day Wednesday 11 March 9am-11am #noordinarynursery https://www.ditchampark.com/nursery/ditcham-dragonflies/

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