Learning Support


Learning Support

The Special Educational Needs Department consists of a team of dedicated learning support staff, committed to meeting pupil’s individual needs. The department has qualified, experienced teachers who work closely with teaching assistants and mainstream staff to provide a ‘whole school approach’ to learning support.

The department has high expectations of pupils and promotes a positive ethos which builds on their strengths. Pupils are placed in classes where they will be able to fulfil their potential. A relatively small teaching group is appropriate for some pupils, which in turn provides the opportunity to maximise teacher time and expertise.

Support for a wide range of individual needs is available within class across the curriculum and by withdrawal basis, during the extended registration at the end of the day. Careful monitoring of progress, target setting, reviewing and assessment are an integral part of departmental work, which is child centred in order to promote the highest potential in each pupil. Close relationships with professional outside agencies are maintained.

We believe that the encouragement and support of parents, working in partnership with school is the best way to meet special educational needs.

Several extra-curricular activities, such as ‘The Lounge’ lunch club , drop-in study group for KS4 and Maths workshop are available to help meet specific difficulties. Pupils of all abilities are welcome to join.

The department is proud of the results its pupils achieve. We aim for our pupils to leave school as confident, competent, independent learners ready to seek success in the next stage of their learning journey.

Learning Support Staff 2017-2018
Julie Cottam SENCo

Trudy Carter Part time Specialist Teacher – Literacy KS4

Angela Elkin Part time counsellor in partnership with EIS

Karen Morley Assistant Head of Y8/ H-LLO ( School’s Home-Learning Liaison Officer)
Areas of Expertise – Autistic Practitioner, ELSA,

Lynn Curran LSA/ Study Extra (After school library study)
Areas of Expertise – English Department Liaison

Dominic Gook LSA
Areas of Expertise – FEIPS Practitioner, Mathematics Department Liaison

Carol Kearney LSA
Areas of Expertise – SLCN, Food Tech Department Liaison

Jose Macasaddu LSA/ Sports Extra (After school social club)
Areas of Expertise – EAL support, Science Department Liaison

Alice Pavey Part Time LSA
Areas of Expertise – 1:1 tuition & Modern Foreign Languages Department Liaison

Judith Boyd LSA

Anna Szala LSA
Areas of Expertise – EAL support, 1:1 tuition & Science Department Liaison

Donna Medhurst LSA

Nikki Mills LSA

Anouschka Hamilton LSA
Areas of Expertise – Experienced IT and Business Manager – working specifically to assist with the new vocational BTEC courses at KS4

Please see the below documents supporting our SEND provision

Hierarchy of Student Need and Provision 17-18

Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School Local Offer 2017-18

Special Educational Needs Information Report 2017-18
Special Educational Needs Information Report Appendix 1
Special Educational Needs Information Report Appendix 2
Special Educational Needs Information Report Appendix 3

Please use this link to access Hampshire County Council’s local offer https://fish.hants.gov.uk/kb5/hampshire/directory/localoffer.page