The Learning Support Department at Warblington School has a fully inclusive policy welcoming students with a wide range of needs. We provide support for students who are experiencing difficulty accessing the curriculum or adjusting to the demands of a busy secondary school. Whether your child requires long term support, short term ‘catch up’ programmes or just a little help to adjust to a new environment, we aim to make the transition to their new school and support throughout their time with us as easy as possible.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 students with below average scores in literacy or/and numeracy are offered a place in the Gateway Room. This is a nurture group where the approach to learning is to support the students in a small discrete class, providing a safe and predictable structured environment, giving children opportunities to revisit missed ‘nurturing’ experiences. The teaching staff and teaching assistants model positive relationships and there is an emphasis on the development of language and communication skills and a focus on social, emotional and challenging behaviour. As well as developing curriculum-based skills, young people are encouraged to celebrate their own progress with acquiring skills such as listening, sharing and turn-taking that will reduce or remove barriers to learning, thus enabling success back in the mainstream classroom.
Students are identified through primary school records and screening tests administered to all students early in the Autumn Term.
In Years 8, 9 and 10 a smaller number of students may be withdrawn to attend literacy, numeracy, social skills, study skills or language development programmes of intervention with teaching assistants or higher level teaching assistants.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 we recognise that there is a continuum of need for some of our students for which a continuum of provision is required. The Key Stage 4 Nurture Programme complements the principles of the Gateway Room in Key Stage 3 in a whole school approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing within school, the relationships between school and the wider network of support for the social, emotional and mental health of our young people.
Extra Curricular Activities
The Learning Support Department operates a daily lunchtime club. Students who may be finding break time difficult are encouraged to attend. Additional support is available when needed and students are always welcome to come to the curriculum area after school for help with homework. A homework club is available for students after school between 3.00pm and 3.30pm in the Learning Support room on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The Gateway Room and Learning Support are both situated on the ground floor. The Gateway teaching room is fully equipped to combine a more nurturing environment within secondary school, including an interactive whiteboard, multimedia projector and kitchen facilities. The Learning Support room is equipped with laptops and resources to support all curriculum areas. This room is also used by our ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) for group or one-to-one work.