In 1994 Amesbury became one of the first preparatory schools in the country to provide Learning Support via a dedicated on-site department with salaried staff.
Learning support has been second to none.
Currently 8% of our pupils receive one-on-one support provided by four qualified Learning Support Teachers in addition to a Clinical Psychologist.
Learning Support takes a variety of forms from simply ensuring that the general classroom practise of teachers is supportive of children with Learning Support needs, to additional in-class support, and/ or withdrawn one-on-one support.
Two Learning Support Co-ordinators oversee the process one in Pre-Prep, Years 1-2, to focus on early identification of need and one in the Preparatory School, Years 3-8, to be the primary point of liaison between parents and school.
The accommodation of children as individuals, the nurturing but stretching environment, the relaxed and happy atmosphere, the encouragement of individual strengths, the focus on independence and respect for each other.
Learning support Group
Learning Support is overseen by the Learning Support Group, chaired by the Head, which includes the Deputy Head Curriculum, Head of English, Head of Maths, LS Co-ordinators and all LS teachers. The purpose of this group is to identify needs, allocate appropriate resources, ensure integration with the wider curriculum, and to monitor and evaluate pupil and departmental progress.
Children who enter the school with an Educational Psychologist’s, or another outside agency’s, report will be provided with a similar programme of support which addresses their needs as identified by the outside professional.
Sometimes a productive relationship develops between a child and Learning Support outside of school or prior to a child joining us and parents want their child to continue to receive support from that teacher. Although we will not fund that support we are happy to co-ordinate support arrangements in terms of the curriculum, timetable adjustments and even provide a room if possible.
Screening & Testing
Although children undergo basic screening for dyslexia and dyscalculia parents are responsible for the cost of Educational Psychologist Reports etc.
Middle ranking as well as high and low achievers' get the VIP treatment.