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 2019-2020
Mrs Cottam SENCo

Mrs Carter Part time Specialist Teacher – Literacy KS4

Angela Elkin Part time counsellor

Mrs Morley Areas of Expertise – Autistic Practitioner, ELSA,

Mrs Curran Assistant Head of Yr 8, LSA/ Study Extra (After school library study)
Areas of Expertise – English Department Liaison

Mr Evans LSA

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

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

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

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

Mrs Medhurst LSA


Mrs Hamilton LSA

Areas of Expertise – ELKAN trained to support Communication and language with ASC learners. Experienced IT and Business Manager – working  with the vocational BTEC courses at KS4. Study Extra

Mr Lake LSA

Areas of Expertise – Sports Science & Trained Sports Coach, supporting KS4 Maths, RE and BTEC PE

Mrs Galloway LSA

Areas of Expertise – KS2 Literacy and Numeracy transition specialist, ELSA

Please see the below documents supporting our SEND provision

Hierarchy of Student Need and Provision 2019-2020

Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School Local Offer 2019-2020

SEN Information Report 2019-2020

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