Learning Support

Mrs T Wilson – Senco

“The school has a special educational needs policy which demonstrates a supportive and proactive approach to pupils. There are currently students with a range of disabilities on roll who are fully integrated into the life of the school. Great emphasis is placed on the individual support and encouragement of students as and when appropriate.” Ofsted.

Learning Support Department

At Holy Cross, we pride ourselves in providing first-class support for our pupils’ learning within the classroom.  Our experienced team of Teaching Assistants have expertise in all areas of need, and we can offer quality support for a range of Learning Difficulties, including:

  • Specific Learning Difficulties like Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Autistic Spectrum Condition
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties
  • Physical Difficulties
  • Visual Impairments

Our package of interventions is excellent, and we always strive to provide a personalised approach to our pupils’ requirements, to help them cope in and out of the classroom. We currently provide support with IDL (Indirect Dyslexia Learning), Reading Interventions like Read, Write Inc., Rainbow Readers and Accelerated Reader. Also, we offer Numeracy Support with Numeracy Workout and bespoke packages for numeracy. Our support for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health issues is a strength of the school, and we can provide personalised Social Skills programmes and support for all Social and Emotional difficulties, be this through expert TA guidance, or via external agencies.

We are very proud of our Routledge Centre, the school’s nurture centre, named after a very valued and well-respected past member of our school community. Many of you may well remember Mr Routledge- former Assistant Headteacher, Head of Year and Teacher of English, and the ethos of the Routledge Centre mirrors Mr Routledge’s vision for all; that everyone deserves the chance to be happy and flourish. Therefore, the Routledge Centre is an area in school which welcomes pupils who, due to emotional, social or learning difficulties, may find the transition to secondary school daunting, or may find the daily stresses of a vibrant high school too much to manage without support. This includes pupils who may be dealing with personal issues and may need a helping hand in their time of need. The staff in Learning Support are on hand in the Routledge Centre to ensure all members of the Holy Cross community feel safe and supported, and are able to learn at whatever pace is appropriate.

On entry to Holy Cross in Year 7, all pupils complete CAT tests. If the scores show a need for further investigation, we will do screening to ascertain any learning issues, and we will input a package of support for pupils, to assist them with their learning. This is usually well underway by October of Year 7. We also liaise closely with all our feeder primary schools and, should it be necessary, we can facilitate a bespoke package of support with transition from primary to secondary school. This may include extra visits after SATs, continuation with programmes of intervention, or a recommendation to attend the Get Set Programme or Summer School. Our SENDCO will attend meetings at the primary school, or will invite parents and carers in to meet, to ensure as smooth a start as possible for our pupils who may need that extra support.

Our staff in Learning Support liaise closely with external agencies such as CAMHS, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychologists and specialist teachers. We also work closely with our Careers Adviser, Ms Easterbrook, who provides quality advice for our young people with Special Educational Needs. 

PDF’s & Links

Holy Cross Local Offer

SEND Information Report 2020-2021

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