Derby Grammar School

Learning Support

We offer a range of dedicated support for pupils with learning difficulties, special educational needs and disabilities to help them develop socially and achieve their academic potential. This also extends to those individuals who feel they need additional support.

As a small school with small class sizes, our SENDCo is perfectly placed to work closely with all subject teachers to provide a supported and integrated education for your child.

Mrs Rai leads on learning support in the Senior School. For more information, please contact her on 01332 523027 or by email at [email protected]

Individual support

We support individuals with their organisation, learning and recall during their school day on a one-to-one basis. In addition to study skills, we support social skills and are committed to working with each pupil to ensure they have a happy and healthy journey through school.

Those with a diagnosed learning difficulty have an Individual Education Plan (IEP). This is written by our SENDCo in collaboration with parents, the pupil and teaching staff and is reviewed and updated termly.

Where necessary, we have strong links with external agencies who come into school to support pupils with their specific needs. 

Group support

All pupils have access to small study groups to develop learning and revision skills in specific subject areas. These are available at no additional cost.

Examination support

For pupils who meet specific criteria, we have the ability to make tailored access arrangements for external examinations and work with subject teachers to agree reasonable adjustments. These arrangements such as extra time and the use of a laptop is all co-ordinated by our SENDCo.

Keeping you informed

The SENDCo has a close relationship with the parents of all pupils who have an IEP or who receive support. Regular updates are provided by telephone or at face-to-face meetings. These are two-way discussions where we encourage parental input and observations. Parents also have the opportunity to meet with the SENDCo to discuss any issues at parents’ evenings where you will receive an overall picture of your child’s progress.

Identifying a specific learning disability

If you feel that your child would benefit from additional support, please contact us to discuss their needs. Our SENDCo team can carry out initial testing to indicate the possibility of a specific learning difficulty. We can discuss this with you and give guidance on further steps you may wish to take.

We recognise and understand that some parents may not wish to pursue a formal diagnosis and in these instances we will work with you to develop the best support plan for your child.

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Derby Grammar School

Derby Grammar School