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 2019:

The school have a cohesive and holistic approach to supporting SEND pupils in all aspects of their school life. There is no stigma attached to having extra support with The Greens.

Parents all spoke highly of the school and, in particular, its inclusive approach and time given by staff to achieve this. For many, this is what makes Kingham Hill School special. Their children were happy and some just love going to school. The school has dealt sensitively and successfully with those who have been school refusers and is good at dealing with anxious young people; there is a warm and nurturing approach.

Some parents spoke particularly highly of tutors and described the pastoral support as amazing. Pupils are accepted for who they are. The school more than meets the needs of their children, and parents were appreciative of the help received from The Greens staff.

Overall summary:

Kingham Hill School is located in a magnificent setting where old and new buildings blend organically together. Boarding Houses are not far away in the grounds. All of this provides a wonderful backdrop in which SEND pupils can learn both inside and outside the classroom. The school has a caring but purposeful feel. It is clearly a place where these pupils will be supported and encouraged, and taught to believe in themselves. They will also be stretched; the school is clearly aspirational for all pupils including those with SEND.