Additional Learning Centre
The Additional Learning Centre (ALC) plays an important role in complementing class learning and helping each individual to maximise their strengths and talents – perhaps by offering an extension programme beyond classroom differentiation or by supporting girls who are experiencing specific challenges – whether they are academic or pastoral in nature.
Small Group Work
At different points in their schooling, many girls benefit from a short term ‘booster’, small group work or mentoring to ensure they reach their potential and fulfil our high expectations of performance and behaviour.
Further support may be offered through a variety of extracurricular activities. Through data and regular liaison with staff, we readily pick up girls who would benefit from the ALC.
For girls experiencing specific difficulties, parents may opt to pay for 1:1 sessions in addition to any small group support already provided. These tailored lessons are delivered by our specialist dyslexia teacher, Mrs Harris, and can be arranged via Mrs Walkinton, Head of Individual Educational Needs Support.
With parental permission, we occasionally refer a pupil to specialist agencies to seek further guidance on how best to meet a pupil’s needs. We pride ourselves on having very good relationships with other professionals and with our parents with whom we value honest and open communication.
Any parent seeking advice can ‘drop in’ to the ALC on Wednesday mornings between 8am and 8.30am, or book an appointment at a convenient time.
Occasional workshops are held for parents on topics which relate to their daughters’ learning. The door is always open and Mrs Walkinton, Head of Individual Educational Needs Support, is happy to communicate via email or telephone if a face-to-face meeting proves difficult.
“All the girls and teachers are really welcoming. Mrs Laybourn and Mrs Cavanagh are funny together, more like sisters than head teachers.”