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Learning support


The school aims to provide full inclusion for all pupils and students via a whole school approach so that each pupil has access to an appropriate curriculum, specialist help where required and an appropriate social and emotional climate. The school strives to remove all ‘barriers to learning’ for all pupils with special education needs, impairments and those who are ‘vulnerable.’ The SEN Department is fully committed to ensuring that the school’s mission statement, ‘to be a living Christian experience’, is made possible for all pupils.

Curriculum Support

Some pupils will receive one-to-one or small group support in lessons. Others will be given the opportunity to be mentored at pastoral time or lunchtime. All staff will provide differentiated work where needed with advice from the Director of Learning Support and Inclusion, and the school curriculum is planned to encourage all pupils to reach their full potential. We currently have a team of 9 full time and 6 part time Learning Support Assistants.

The department also has a number of small literacy and numeracy classes to support pupils with significant difficulties in these areas.


The department is well resourced with two dedicated teaching bases, one with an interactive whiteboard, the other with six PC stations and printer. We have a large number of educational games, reading books, laptops and alpha smarts which all pupils have access to. We also use Read Write Gold and Dragon Naturally Speaking to increase pupil’s confidence using assistive technology to allow them to become more independent.   


At JHN all year 7 pupils are assessed at the beginning of the year, through a variety of screening and baseline tests. Further testing will be carried out if and when required.  If it is thought that your son or daughter needs a boost then a number of options will be offered. These include small groups, in-class support, mentoring and various clubs.

Transition programme

The school has strong links with our feeder primary schools and work closely with the SENCos to plan a smooth transition from Year 6 to Year 7. The Assistant Director of Learning Support and Inclusion runs a 5 week transition programme in June for a number of SEND pupils identified by the primary schools.

After School Homework Support Group

For pupils who need a little more help with homework we operate an after school club 4 night a week (Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri). This takes part in a computer room from 3.20 to 4.20 and is supported by 2-3 members of staff.

The Inclusion Unit

The Inclusion Unit is run by a full time Inclusion manager with the purpose to support pupils who are struggling to maintain a full time curriculum or experiencing emotional and social difficulties.

Parent Support

The department works hard to develop positive relationships with the parents of the pupils on the SEND register. We run a termly support group for parents of pupils on the Autistic Spectrum and have recently set up a Parental dyslexia support group. 

External Agencies

The school has links with a number of external agencies including:

The Educational Psychologist, the Speech and Language Therapist, the Autism Advisory Service, CAMHS, the school nurse, the Education Welfare Officer,  Connexions, transition workers, the Visual Impairment service, the Behavioural Support Team, GPs, Psychologists, YISP, Youth Crime Reduction Officer, Home and Hospital Education, Mobility officer, and Youth Offending Team