We aim to help everyone reach their potential, regardless of any extra challenges they might face. The vast majority of students are able to access the curriculum from the outset and find it easy to cope with learning without support. There are some who have real strengths but need a little extra help.
The teachers and teaching assistants in our SEND department are highly experienced at directing their expertise and resources to help individual students.
Some students are supported in class while others are withdrawn for extra help with elements of learning. This can be for a short period to help someone catch up.
The team has an excellent record of diagnosing and supporting young people who struggle with literacy.
The aim is to ensure they are able to meet the challenges of GCSE courses by year 10. A crucial part of the process is working in partnership with parents. This often begins before joining school.
Wallingford School fully complies with the Special Needs Code of Conduct.
Flexible Learning Unit
Another important group of students are those who arrive unable to cope with school and sometimes present with challenging behaviour.
The Flexible Learning Unit helps them to manage, develop as people and attain an appropriate suite of qualifications. They are looked after by a dedicated team of professionals who understand the issues such students often face and are skilled at helping them, while ensuring the high standard of whole-school behaviour is maintained.
Governor with SEND responsibility: Mr C Eales