Our Curriculum Support Department is responsible for ensuring that the needs of children who require extra support are fully met. Support is provided within the context of a mainstream educational setting and there is a limit as to the extent of need for which we are able to cater. This is a judgement made on the basis of our admissions processes.
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 enhanced support to enable an individual to get things back on track. This is done through dialogue between the tutor and tutee which is followed by close liaison with subject teachers. The majority of our pupils complete their studies without any additional intervention or support beyond that which is offered by subject teachers and Personal Tutors.
Support is provided to help pupils to develop strategies for day to day school life and through effective liaison between the Curriculum Support Department and Subject Teachers.
The school can arrange for specialist educational assessment and, where necessary, additional Curriculum Support lessons can be arranged. The school can also make arrangements for specific in class support (this may attract extra cost).
Curriculum Support is a highly specialised area and the needs of children can change over time. We screen pupils on entry for additional learning support requirements and their personal tutor is tasked with monitoring for signs of previously unidentified needs.
There is an ever increasing range of identified needs which require support and the range of strategies is becoming more varied and specialised. Our capacity to support pupils is driven, firstly, by the professional competence of subject teachers to ensure that they understand their pupils and develop teaching strategies which are well matched to their needs.
We are not a specialist SEN/AEN school but independent education can have a transformative and beneficial effect on the 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.
We are reliant 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.