Bishop Challoner

Catholic Secondary School

Learning Support

Welcome to Learning Support

The Learning Support Department consists of a team of dedicated 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 2016-2017

Julie Cottam: SENCo

Trudy Carter: Part time Specialist Teacher – Literacy KS4

Sally Wood :   Part time Specialist Teacher – Literacy KS3

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,

Kate Allnutt: Part time LSA

                         Areas of Expertise - History/ Geography Department Liaison

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

Les Slingo: LSA

                        Areas of Expertise – IT key skills & Technology Department Liaison

Anna Szala: LSA

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

  1. Hierarchy of Student Need and Provision 2014-2015
  2. Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School Local Offer