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St Peter's
Catholic School

Learning Support

Name: Mrs E Hurndall SENCO

Department: Learning Support Department

The Team

Mrs F Blackett  Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Miss C Brett              Teacher of English and Teaching Assistant
Mrs F Brumpton Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs S Calvert Teaching Assistant
Miss V Forsyth Teaching Assistant
Mr J Guest Teaching Assistant and Cover Supervisor
Mrs S Harrington Teaching Assistant
Mrs N Holmes Teaching Assistant
Mrs M James   Learning Support Administrator
Dr K Karavida Teacher of Classics and Teaching Assistant
Mrs J Kemp                Teaching Assistant
Mrs J Kingston Teaching Assistant
Mrs S Mastromarco Higher Level Teaching Assistant (ELSA)
Mrs R Pollard ASDAN Teacher and Deputy SENCO
Mrs J Schweizer Teaching Assistant
Mrs N Shajpal Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs J Turner Teaching Assistant
Mr J Webb Teaching Assistant
Mrs R Webb Part-time Learning Support Teacher

Introduction to the Department

We welcome students of differing academic abilities to St Peter's and recognise that some may have additional learning needs and/or disabilities.

To facilitate access to the curriculum and school life, our SENCO has responsibility for co-ordinating information about students who require different approaches. The SENCO is responsible for working with colleagues and parents in a consultative role.

In dealing with the learning difficulties and disabilities of students within St Peter’s, the guiding principle used is the ‘graduated approach’ recommended by the SEND Code of Practice (2014). Students are included within mainstream teaching wherever possible; lessons are differentiated and teaching assistants may be available to support in all subjects across all key stages.

The school assesses the needs of its students through a variety of group screening tests. On the basis of that testing and on other information, students may be placed on the SEND Register.

Strategies include differentiated learning within the classroom, ‘catch up’ sessions in small groups or intensive one-to-one lessons for English and Mathematics. Some students may have additional help from outside agencies. The SENCO liaises with specialist agencies, such as the teams of professionals employed by the local authority.