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We are pleased to offer provision to a limited number of pupils per year group with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. Kingham Hill is a CReSTeD DU (Dyslexia Unit) registered school. Our most recent report can be found in our Info/Downloads section.
People with dyslexia find that it can affect their reading, spelling, writing, memory and concentration. Dyslexia can also affect Maths, Music, foreign languages and self-organisational skills. However, those with dyslexia may be highly intelligent, possessing creative, practical or artistic skills. Dyslexia continues throughout life, though good teaching and training can help develop strategies, enabling those with dyslexia to become high achievers. More than 10% of the population is dyslexic. However, children often miss the support that they need.
Many schools either do not have the facilities or, as a result of the pressure of exam league tables, overlook this group. We are a caring Christian school and we cater for all abilities. We highly value these young people and work hard to help them reach their full potential.
Pupils requiring learning support at the school are able to achieve new levels of success and confidence through the expert support of a dedicated team of four full-time and appropriately qualified teachers.
These students are fully integrated into the school curriculum, except for three to five 35-minute sessions each week, when they are taught one-to-one or in small groups by staff from the Learning Support Department. These sessions help them become independent learners who can achieve their full potential in coursework, examinations and study skills, so fitting them for life after school.
Our Learning Support Department is fully resourced with computers and a wide range of teaching materials. Students are fully integrated with the rest of the school. Our nationally respected department works closely with subject teachers and the heads of other departments to help, support and motivate the students.
The following comments are taken from a very pleasing report following an inspection conducted by CReSTeD of the school’s special needs provision in September 2013:
"Pupils' personal development is a key strength of the school. It is supported by strong pastoral care and good welfare arrangements and effective procedures for safeguarding, health and safety."
"The pupils with learning difficulties progress as well as the other pupils. These pupils benefit from the additional support available in the 'Greens' [SpLD] department which is a strength of the school."
"The personal development of all pupils is excellent with the relationship between staff and pupils and amongst pupils themselves congenial and mutually respectful. The personal qualities promoted by the Christian ethos and aims of the school are outstanding. The excellent pastoral care of the pupils is a strength of the school."
"The good boarding provision enhances pupils' personal and social development and fosters initiative and independence appropriate to their age."
"Access to relevant information is very good. Teacher's planning makes reference to seating arrangements, differentiation in many guises e.g. by task, outcome or through a prepared worksheet. All classrooms were well ordered, well lit and distraction free. All presentations using interactive whiteboards were clear with good use of colour and diagrams and presentations were revealed in small stages to aid reading and understanding."
"Pupils are supported during all lessons through differentiation and other forms of support e.g. the support of a teaching assistant. The pupils are also withdrawn during the school day to attend lessons in Greens."
"There is a very comprehensive system for identifying pupils. Collating information and updating grades and progress is done regularly. Parents are always involved."
"A lot of thought goes into deciding what level of support each pupil would benefit from to be able to show the examination boards what they can achieve in the best light."
"All the pupils [interviewed] ranging from Year 8 to Year 13 thought very highly of Kingham Hill and especially of the Learning Support Unit, Greens. They had all used the service to some extent over the years. The majority had been sent to Kingham Hill because of the reputation of supporting pupils with SpLD/Dyslexia. They all thought that teachers throughout the school supprted them well and could not improve their delivery or teaching. A large number boarded and found the support during Prep by a 'Greens' member of staff particularly useful. They were all very happy at Kingham Hill and pleased to be back after a long summer holiday."
"All seven parents were unanimous in their respect and gratitude or what Kingham Hill has done for their children. A number had been diagnosed whilst at Kingham Hill although others applied because of the reputation of the school. They feel that their children have made very good progress. All mentioned, in particular, the growth in their children's confidence and being happy at school."