The Learning Support Department consists of a team of dedicated staff, committed to meeting pupils' individual needs. The department has qualified, experienced teachers who work closely with teaching assistants and mainstream staff to provide a whole school approach to learning support.

The department has high expectations of pupils and promotes a positive ethos which builds on their strengths. Pupils are placed in classes where they will be able to fulfil their potential. A relatively small teaching group is appropriate for some pupils, which in turn provides the opportunity to maximise teacher time and expertise.

Support for a wide range of individual needs is available on an in-class or out of class support basis. Careful monitoring of progress, target setting, reviewing and assessment are an integral part of departmental work, which is child centred in order to promote the highest potential in each pupil. We believe that the encouragement and support of parents, working in partnership with school is the best way to meet special educational needs.

Several extra-curricular activities, such as social club, paired reading, craft club, lego club, sign language club, movement club and study group are available to help meet specific difficulties. Pupils of all abilities are welcome to join. Close relationships with professional outside agencies are maintained. Support for a wider range of individual needs is available on an in-class or withdrawal basis. GCSE is available to all pupils. The department is proud of the results its pupils achieve. We aim for our pupils to leave school with their personal Record of Achievement illustrating the positive contribution they have made to the school.

Our learning support department are currently selling headsets for students at £5 each, which are available from the Learning Support Office.


Useful links for parents


In learning support we use IDL which provides a unique, specialist dyslexia intervention program, which is highly effective for improving reading and spelling.

IDL Cloud online link


The Learning Support Parent Support Group

Minutes from previous meetings:

January 2017 Minutes | October 2016 MinutesJuly 2016 Minutes | March 2016 Minutes

Agenda For Next meeting


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Family Information Directory Find (FIND)

Summer 2017 NewsletterWinter 2016 Newsletter | Summer 2016 Newsletter


Ribble Valley Parent Carer Forum

7th Dec 2017 Notes

7th Dec 2017 Agenda9th November 2017 Notes 

9th March 2017 Notes | 4th May 2017 Agenda


Spring Into Action

Latest news - visit link


Learning support policies

Our Learning Support policies can be found under our policies section on our website

If you are unsure of some learning support acronyms, please read the acronyms document.


Supporting your child 

Supporting your child with Spelling and Reading

Supporting your child with Home Learning and Coursework

Supporting your child at home

Literacy keywords all students should know 

Professional support services - SEND


Useful websites for all parents

Online support for young carers

BBC Skillswise