Introducing learning support
Our Learning Support Department works across all year groups in Sedbergh School to ensure that pupils receive the help that they need for effective learning and maximum development. We aim to identify, at the earliest opportunity, any child who may have Special Educational Needs and to provide them with appropriate support.
Learning Support lessons are given in small groups in Years 9 to 11, and on a one-to-one basis in Sixth Form. These lessons take the place of a foreign language in Year 9, and are instead of a fourth GCSE option in Year 10 and Year 11. As well as formal lessons we offer Prep Support in the evenings. The main area of expertise is in supporting pupils with dyslexia and associated literacy difficulties, but the School has experience of supporting pupils with a wide range of Specific Learning Difficulties. The Department is located centrally in the School to ensure close liaison with all the academic departments, and to encourage pupils and teachers to drop in for advice.
As well as a strong focus on developing team players through group activity, Sedbergh School also encourages individual development and achievement.
In music, instrumental lessons are given by our extensive specialist team of visiting teachers, and the high standard of teaching has contributed to our excellent record in external Associated Board examinations.
In sport, individual coaching has helped Sedbergh achieve an enviable record for high level representation in a wide range of sports from rugby, cricket, netball and hockey to shooting, fell running and sailing.
The School also provides strong support for overseas students for whom English is not the first language.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
Our Special Needs Department works across Sedbergh School to ensure that all pupils receive the support that they need for effective learning and maximum development. We aim to identify, at the earliest opportunity, any child who may have Special Educational Needs. Different levels of intervention are then provided to match the individual child’s requirements.
Where a particular need is identified, specialist teaching is given, usually on a one-to-one basis, and pupils may be withdrawn from other lessons for this. The main area of expertise is in supporting pupils with dyslexia and associated literacy difficulties but extra support on Mathematics and English can also be provided when needed. The department team ensures that all members of staff are aware of each pupil's needs so that such requirements can be met in all School settings.
Should any young person applying to the School already have identified Special Educational Needs, relevant reports should be submitted for consideration as part of the admissions process.