Learning Support

Abbot’s Hill is an inclusive school that unlocks, develops and celebrates the strengths of the individual child. We deliver an innovative, relevant and ambitious curriculum for all, with a personalised, tailored approach to learning.

Progress is the responsibility of every teacher. Abbot’s Hill School operates a ‘whole-pupil, whole-school’ approach to the identification, management and provision of support for special educational needs.

The Learning Support department, known as The Rose Garden – complete with resident hamster, Romeo – offers a warm and welcoming environment, with an open door policy, to pupils, staff and parents. Our experienced team of specialist teachers and two Level 7 qualified specialist assessors work alongside teachers to advise and help provide strategies and techniques to support individual learning in class. This facilitates our pupil-centred approach to learning support. As a department we also deliver regular training to all staff.

We aim to enable all pupils to achieve their full potential in all aspects of school life, and recognise that some are challenged by specific learning differences. Whilst not a specialist school, we work with pupils with conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD), Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD or ASC), collaborating with external agencies including speech therapists, occupational therapists and educational psychologists as appropriate. Alongside support to pupils with specific learning differences, The Rose Garden offers support to all pupils with areas of learning such as organisation, examination technique and revision skills.

In the Senior School, support may be given through in-class support, or learning support lessons. Individual goals are agreed with each child and skills taught to enable the pupil to access the curriculum with greater ease. Learning Support teachers incorporate multi-sensory techniques to help improve pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills as required.

From Year 8, a small number of pupils are able to study a single foreign language if languages prove difficult for them. It is also possible to keep one GCSE option block ‘free’ for study, thereby reducing the pressure of work. This extra time can be used to reinforce work done in lessons, undertake extra reading and research or for individual specialist support lessons.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss specific learning support requirements.

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