Our Curriculum Support Department is responsible for ensuring that the needs of children who require extra support are fully met. We rely on full and accurate information from existing schools and from parents to help us to ensure that we provide the best possible support. Children may self-refer, or be referred by teachers, tutor or parents.
Support is provided within the context of a mainstream educational setting and pupils with special needs are admitted on a case-by-case basis. We screen pupils on entry for additional learning support requirements and our personal tutors are tasked with monitoring for signs of previously unidentified needs.
All pupils are supported in their day-to-day school life by their personal tutor who ensures that progress is rapid and effective. Occasionally, there is a need for a more intensive period of enhanced support, although the majority of our pupils complete their studies without any additional intervention.
The school can arrange for specialist educational assessment and, where necessary, additional curriculum support lessons can be arranged, as can in-class support (this may attract extra cost).
We are not a specialist SEN/AEN school, but we believe that a good independent education can have a transformative and beneficial effect on outcomes for children whose needs have made education more challenging in other settings. The caring and supportive environment at St Bees School is likely to be of benefit to children with mild spectrum tendencies.