Learning Support

Kingham Hill School offers specialist support to a limited number of pupils per year group with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. The School is a CReSTeD DU (Dyslexia Unit) registered school. Our most recent report can be accessed here.

Pupils who access learning support at Kingham Hill School do so in our ‘Greens’ department which is based in the heart of the school. This is a welcoming, specialist teaching space which allows pupils to work in small groups (with a teacher pupil ratio of a maximum of 1:4) where they receive bespoke support from specialist teaching staff. The aim of the department is to support the individual pupils to reach their full potential. Pupils often find they are able to achieve new levels of success and confidence through the expert support they receive and this ensures pupils are able to integrate fully into the school curriculum, alongside additional support if required.

The department is made up of three full time staff and one part time teacher. With all teachers qualified as learning support specialists, the environment is able to meet and support the individual pupil. All staff in Greens work closely with the wider teaching team and Heads of Departments to ensure correct support is given throughout the school. The department is fully resourced with computers and a wide range of teaching materials, which enables the highest quality of teaching and learning to be delivered.

Enabling pupils to become independent, excited learners whilst providing them with effective strategies to succeed is at the main purpose of the department. Seeing pupils flourish, supporting them to reach their potential whilst equipping them for the future, is a privilege that the Greens' team are able to play a small part in whilst the pupil is studying at Kingham Hill.

The summary is taken from a very pleasing report from a recent inspection conducted by CReSTeD of the school’s special needs provision in Autumn 2016:

‘Kingham Hill School is a welcoming and caring school. The school provides a very good standard of education for its SpLD learners.

A strength of the school is its learning support unit known as the Greens Department. Staff are aware of the individual needs of SpLD learners in their classrooms. The teachers who were observed differentiated their lessons well and enabled all learners to access the curriculum.

Pupils who were interviewed showed great pride in their school and all indicated they would recommend their school to other learners. Parents who were contacted considered that their children were progressing well at Kingham Hill School. They valued the Greens Department and the dedication of the staff in the Greens Department.

The Headteacher considered the Greens Department to be an integral part of his school and showed a positive commitment to the department and the continuing professional development of the Greens Department staff.’