We operate an inclusive policy with regard to Additional Learning Needs (ALN) provision. All pupils are given equal access to every aspect of the school. There is one distinct ALN group in each key stage 3 year group, which provides a greater teacher/pupil ratio. Pupils are placed in this group on transition if their primary school recommends it. Some ALN pupils will, according to their need, be placed in other teaching sets if this is more appropriate for their ability. The discrete ALN group operates in the same way as the other key stage 3 teaching groups and has full access to departments and subject specialists. At Key stage 4 ALN pupils have access to the same options as all pupils. All pupils are encouraged to take options suitable to their ability level and a range of options at different levels are offered. ALN pupils will, in compulsory subjects, be placed in sets and teaching groups commensurate to their academic ability.
The school has a team of Learning Support Assistants (LSA’s) who are involved in providing a range of interventions. These interventions will be tailored to meet the specific needs to pupils but will include literacy and numeracy interventions as well as a range of interventions to meet other needs, such as developing greater emotional literacy.
Pupils who have a statement of specific educational need may also, if stipulated in their statement, receive specific support from LSA’s provided by the local authority.