Our Learning Enrichment Department oversees and provides for children throughout the school and enriches learning by providing either additional support for girls or extension activities for exceptionally able children or children who require some additional input to enable them to achieve their full potential. It is important for parents to trust the school’s judgement as decisions about support or extension are always made in the best interests of the child. Groups of girls may work with staff from LED in class or out of class and the management of this is led by the needs of individual girls. Parents are informed if a girl requires an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which means work which is different from the rest of the class is required in a particular area (usually Maths or English). However, most girls follow the same programme of study as the class but may need some extra help, or the opportunity to explore it differently and so spend some time in the LED. Parents will be informed if it is decided that their daughter would benefit from extra support. They are, of course, entitled to refuse permission for their daughters to be withdrawn from class but, if we feel that this might disadvantage an individual child, such parents will be asked to sign a statement refusing our offer of support.
Parents should be aware that the school is a mainstream setting with some specialist Special Educational Needs (SEN) resources. The staff will use their ordinary professional skill and experience to identify and provide for SEN within the resources of an ordinary mainstream school. Ordinary reasonable adjustments for disability will also be made through our Learning Enrichment Department.
If we at the School think that more specialist advice is required we will discuss this with a child’s parents and will ask the parent to pay for such advice. If special educational provision is required (whether as a result of advice or not) which is additional to the school’s ordinary mainstream resources, or any form of adjustment is required which it is not reasonable for us to provide, we expect the parent to pay for it or provide it her/himself.
If, in the judgment of the Head, the School cannot provide for a pupil’s SEN and/or disability after all relevant provision and/or reasonable adjustment has been made (or we have requested it from a parent), the School reserves the right to ask the parent to withdraw his/her child. However, this would only arise after lengthy discussion with the parents. The School will give all the support it can to help find a suitable school for the child should that situation arise.