Extended Learning

The Extended Learning Faculty’s work revolves around supporting those students who have a range of additional needs, throughout their school career. The faculty consists of Ms Jackson Head of Extended Learning, Mrs Dines Assistant SENCO and Mrs Smith (Lead LSA for academic monitoring) along with fifteen Learning Support Assistants work together to create relevant support packages of intervention and guidance at all Key Stages. 

Primary Transition
As part of the Primary induction programme the Faculty works with the Director of Learning for Year 7 to gather relevant information from Primary Schools. This is to prepare the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Register as well as collect any details of students who are Looked After, Traveller or have English as an Additional Language. This allows the school to make appropriate arrangements or contact relevant agencies to ensure continuing support at secondary school.

Support work
The Faculty works in a variety of ways. We run small group withdrawal sessions linking with key Faculties to allow this to take place. These sessions include access to the Successmaker programme and table work which supports writing, spelling and thinking skills. We also have an in-class support programme which focuses on assisting students to access the curriculum as well as encouraging the students to be as independent as possible. We talk to relevant teaching staff about suitable and appropriate teaching methods. Staff can access Individual Education Plans (IEP) for students on the school’s intranet and via SIMS.

We run early bird reading sessions led by Mrs Dix, Successmaker which is monitored by Mrs Warner and a social skills group led by Mrs Ellis and Mrs May. (The social skills group is run for part of the Year). Additionally for this year, eight members of the team are part of a joint initiative to deliver English and Maths to the lowest attainers in Year 7 and 8.

Some of the Key Stage 4 students are also supported at college through the work related learning programme set up by Mr Wilcox.

The Faculty links with many outside agencies such as Essex County Council’s Special Educational Needs and Children with Additional Needs (SENCAN) Department; Behaviour Support, Integrated Support, Children Looked after, and the multi-agency group (MAG) to ensure that relevant information is circulated and appropriate intervention is put into place.

Most importantly the Faculty works hard to develop links with parents. We encourage parents to visit the school prior to transition and have an extensive review programme during which IEPs are reviewed and amended. All students with statements have an allocated key worker from the support team and they are encouraged to build up contact with parents. Positive links with school and home have shown to be most productive in helping students develop and progress at school.

Homework club
We also run a successful homework club every lunch time which is available for all students. It is staffed by the support team dedicated to guiding students with their homework with access to the school intranet, internet and human support when needed!

Facilities to assist Access for Students with Disabilities

  1. All ground floor rooms are accessible for wheelchair users.  Stair lifts are in place in most areas of the school to give access to the 1st and 2nd floors.
  2. All steps and changes of level on walkways are edged in yellow.
  3. A toilet/changing and shower area exists for wheelchair users.
  4. Timetables are adjusted to ensure that the allocation of rooms for teaching groups is appropriate to the needs of individual.
  5. The Senior Leadership Team monitors the provision and treatment of disabled students.
Staff Names Staff  Titles
Ms P Jackson Head of Extended Learning – SENCO / Responsible for PSHE
Ms A Caiger Learning Support Assistant
Mrs E Claydon Administrator
Mrs A Davis Learning Support Assistant
Mrs J Dix Learning Support Assistant
Mrs C Frasi Learning Support Assistant
Mrs T Henderson Learning Support Assistant
Mrs J Hoy Learning Support Assistant
Ms J Lawson Learning Support Assistant
Mrs S Paton Learning Support Assistant
Mrs H Pemberton Learning Support Assistant
Miss L Ray Learning Support Assistant
Mrs S Sarjeant Learning Support Assistant
Mrs J Smith Learning Support Assistant
Mrs A Stefanizzi Learning Support Assistant
Mrs V Tovey Learning Support Assistant
Mrs J Warner Learning Support Assistant
Mrs D Watkins Learning Support Assistant


Extended Learning Faculty