Special Educational Needs
Students with Special Needs, including those with Statements and particularly gifted children, are able to obtain extra help and guidance with their studies from the Learning Support team. There is a specially equipped Learning Support suite within the Academy, staffed by three fully qualified Learning Support teachers. To assist them in their work the Academy also has a Welfare Support Assistant and a Nurse. The Academy contracts Educational Psychologist support to to assist in the process of diagnosis and support for students with special needs.
Learning Support takes the form of supporting individual students within the classroom as well as by withdrawal of small groups or individuals for extra work with basic skills. Wherever possible programmes are arranged to minimise the effect on the main curriculum. The Learning Support team also offers advice and strategies to staff to assist them with their teaching of students within their classes who may require extra help and guidance.