SEND / Learning Support Unit
“All children deserve to be treated with respect and have their individual needs met so they are able to progress academically, personally and spiritually”
At Our Lady’s RC High School all pupils are given the support they require to allow each individual to achieve their full potential. We recognise that each pupil is an individual and plan accordingly to maximise personal, educational and spiritual outcomes.
A range of different strategies are used across the curriculum to provide additional support. For students with specific learning difficulties regarding literacy and numeracy, interventions are devised which work on the pupils specific areas of difficulty and if necessary develop the use of assistive technology to help develop independence. SEAL and LEGO therapy interventions are offered to pupils who require extra support in building self-esteem, confidence, self-regulation and resilience. The SEND provision at Our Lady’s is pupil-centred and is devised based on a child’s individual need. If they require support with any aspect of their education the SEND team will work to find solutions and ensure that the child is given the best possible chance of achieving their potential.
A range of alternative curriculum opportunities are offered to students in year 9, 10 and 11 which include Functional Skills in English, maths and science, as well as the ASDAN Cope Award which aims to develop skills for independent living. We have an excellent link with various local colleges and support pupils with finding appropriate post-16 placements regardless of their attainment at the end of year 11. Transition work happens throughout their final year to ensure they feel as prepared for life at college as possible. Access to the curriculum is supported by a team of teaching assistants with varying skills and expertise to ensure that barriers to learning are reduced as much as possible.