At any point in a child’s school career, they might require an extra helping hand.
Whilst the majority of pupils’ needs are accommodated within the classroom through a differentiated curriculum, a few need that little extra attention, be it educational, emotional or social.
Working in partnership with parents and staff, we can identify, assess and support learners in the areas that are necessary for effective learning; eg reading, spelling, numeracy, memory, motor skills, speech and language, study skills and organisation. Learning Support is a friendly integrated department that sits at the heart of St Francis.
The experienced and fully qualified Learning Support team, includes a speech and language therapist. The team works with current thinking, to support all pupils’ needs, allowing them to flourish and reach their potential. The team offers one-to-one support and small group work to pupils from Nursery to Year 8, using individually designed programmes which focus on expanding pupils’ strengths and supporting their developing areas.
The primary source of enrichment at St Francis is delivered by providing a rich range of opportunities for pupils to find their strengths and develop their character, self-belief and confidence. We firmly believe that by inspiring the pupils, facilitating their learning, keeping the pupil at the centre, encouraging the pupils to think for themselves and to set goals and evaluate their own learning, we are providing the framework for pupils to maximize their potential. This potential may be across the board or may be in highly defined areas. Quality tutoring, setting high expectations, monitoring, assessment for learning and standardized testing enable us to support and track our pupils so that they can find themselves.
St Francis School has always recognised the need to attract, stretch and challenge the brightest and most talented pupils, and to this end holds an annual Scholarships Awards assessment in January or February for both internal and external candidates.
For pupils who show outstanding achievement in academic areas, our Enrichment Department aims to provide opportunities for our most able students to excel in their field of expertise, whatever that may be. Students are assessed using teacher referrals and analysis of standardized examination data, for inclusion on the register. Music, Art, Drama and Sports are all catered for in addition to academic excellence and each area has specific identification criteria.
Those pupils on the register receive extra support in the form of mentor interviews from the Head of Enrichment and are encouraged to develop their talents. The Head of Enrichment monitors the extension and high expectations for able pupils across the departments. The Head of Enrichment also helps to identify pupils who may be potential scholars and assists the preparation of these pupils.
If you require more information about this department, please contact our Head of Enrichment, Mr Graeme Smith via the School Office.