Learning Support

We have a very talented learning support team at The Lakes School who have a wide range of skills and qualifications that will help your child flourish. Our learning support team, led by Ms Rainey, Deputy Headteacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, is extremely caring and the team work hard to support the specific needs of the children at The Lakes School. If you would like to learn more about how we support students with their specific learning needs then please feel free to contact Ms Rainey or our Heads of Learning Support Mrs Harper and Mrs Haslam.

Below, you will find a link to our Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Report which sets out key details about the school’s provision for students. This report captures the school’s caring and inclusive approach to working with students of all abilities.

‘There’s good communication from the team and I’m kept up to date about my child.’

‘There’s a holistic approach to each child.’

‘The Lakes School supports students who are struggling or are having issues.’

‘Staff always respond to queries quickly and have the students’ best interests at heart.’

Frequently Asked Questions
How do you know if my child has an additional need?

The staff at The Lakes School work closely with local primary schools and they usually let us know about any pupil who needs extra help; this may be physical, sensory, learning or social communication. We also use standardised tests in reading and spelling early in Year 7 to help us assess the needs of children. Parents are welcome to contact school directly to discuss their child anytime from Year 5 and once in school, subject teachers will express their concerns if a child is not making progress.

How do you support my child?

The staff at The Lakes School are committed to looking at each child’s needs and seeing each child as an individual. Most children work well in the mainstream class; some may need help from a teaching assistant to do so, some may need individual help with reading or spelling and some a modified timetable.

How do I know what is going on?

Form tutors are the first point of contact for most queries. All pupils have three reports each year and there is an annual Parents’ Evening (two for Year 7). If your child is receiving SEN support you will be invited to meet each term with Mrs Harper and Mrs Haslam to monitor progress. Occasionally a weekly or fortnightly meeting can be set up to monitor a child’s progress more closely

How well trained are the SEN staff?

The learning support department is led by our SENCO and Deputy Headteacher, Ms Rainey and our Heads of Learning Support Mrs Harper and Mrs Haslam; both Mrs Harper and Mrs Haslam have also completed a course in Mindfulness. The team of teaching assistants is experienced and well qualified, including graduates and a qualified teacher and hold between them a variety of specialist qualifications relating to Dyslexia, Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment, Autism, and Speech and Language Acquisition. There is a commitment to a continued development of skills. Specialist Teachers and the Educational Psychologist from the Local Authority can offer advice and the school has good working links with Inspira for pupils from Year 9 onwards.

What support is there overall in school for my child?

The learning support department works closely with the pastoral staff in school. A room (room 15) is used at break and lunchtime as a social area and homework area open to all.

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