The Learning Support (SEND) Department
Who are we?
Our team supports students of ALL abilities and from ALL year groups. Our aim is to ensure that students are able to achieve their full potential regardless of any learning difficulty or disability whether that be long term or temporary.
Thomas Alleyne’s High School is committed to the concept of a comprehensive, inclusive education which offers all students the chance to succeed. SEND students work in a positive and supportive atmosphere. There is a commitment to providing the best possible universal provision for all starting with quality, dyslexia friendly teaching in every classroom. Additional support is available, when required, for students of any year group and of any ability. When provided it is with the intention of increasing access, raising attainment, encouraging ambition and improving attitudes. Rather than modifying expectations for students we believe in providing differentiated and individualised support where necessary, whether that be within class, in small groups or one-to-one. In this way all students are able to reach their full potential in terms of learning and extra-curricular participation.
What do we offer?
Additional support may be provided based on an up to date assessment of the student’s needs. This support will follow the process of Plan, Assess, Do, Review and will work towards clear outcomes which are listed on the student’s Learning Needs Passport. Additional support includes:
In the classroom
One to one
Dyslexia Friendly strategies
Pupil Support Assistant
Resources – reading rulers, pen grips, stress balls, talking tins
Study techniques e.g. mind mapping
Adapted worksheets – eg printed on coloured paper or enlarged.
Quality First Teaching
Literacy Workshop (Y9)
Numeracy Workshop (Y9)
Coursework support (Y10-11)
Study Buddies (All years)
Social Club (All years)
Meet & greet “Head Start”
Head Start (Before school club)
Paired reading (Y9)
Revision mentoring (Y11)
Exam Dispensation preparation (Y11-13)
Literacy tuition (All years)
Touch Typing Intervention
How will school support me to support my child’s learning?
This academic year there are a series of Learning Support open evenings which parents are welcome to attend. These include:
|May 20th||3:30pm - 5:30pm||Year 8 into Year 9 learning Support Evening|
|June 11th||5pm – 7.30pm||Learning Support Open Evening|
|July 1st||4pm - 6pm||Year 8 into Year 9 learning Support Evening|
These events provide an opportunity for you to meet the SENCo, talk with your child’s PSA, listen to presentations, collect resources and speak with other parents.
What specialist services and expertise are available?
The Pupil Support Assistants at Thomas Alleyne’s all have an area of specialism in which they are trained and experienced.
|Damian Godwin||SENCo email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sharon Oliver||Assistant SENCo email: email@example.com|
|Nicola Carder||Sensory Support/Science|
|Judith McClusker||English /Intervention|
|Naomi Macpherson||Behaviour support|
|Julie Wheeldon||Humanities and Dyslexia|
|Kate Wallbank||Dyslexia Co-ordinator / Literacy|
|Lauren Tucker||Humanities and Behaviour|
Who can I contact for more information?
If you require independent support or advice contact the Staffordshire S.E.N.D Family Partnership:
Phone: 01785 356921
Hearing Impairment www.ndcs.org.uk
Dyslexia Association www.bdadyslexia.org.uk
For more information about support for SEND learners in Staffordshire please visit the local authority’s Local Offer on
If you require more information about SEND at Thomas Alleyne’s please phone school to speak to the SENCo (Mr Godwin) or Mrs Oliver on 01889 561820.
updated June 20