The aim of the Learning Support Department is in line with the School's mission statement. Through our teaching and interaction with the students we aim to provide them with realistic expectations, which, coupled with building confidence and self-esteem, will develop confident and competent young people who are able to succed in the changing world.
"In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity" Albert Einstein
Parents should inform the school during the admissions process if a student has additional support needs and should forward any relevant assessments or information to the school so that we are able to develop a learner profile and identify how best to support learning.
Learning support at Gordonstoun begins with the baseline assessment of the whole of Year 9 when they arrive. This data, along with information from previous schools, further enables us to identify students who may require additional support.
Support for students in Year 9 is provided in small groups and will take the place of either the core language or the Second Language option.
Those students who have received Learning Support in Year 9 will be able to continue into Year 10. Parents of students joining Year 10, who may require Learning Support, should contact the Head of Learning Support, Miss Hannah Powell, to discuss any issues. The focus of the Year 10 Learning Support will be curricular support for the GCSE courses, looking at identified areas of the curriculum with input from specialist staff. The students can continue to develop their touch typing skills using specialist computer software. Learning Support lessons will also focus on the development of study skills, organisation and the building of confidence and self-esteem. Students feeling they may need extra support can contact the Learning Support team to organise this.
Students entering the school at Year 10 level will undergo some academic baseline testing on entry.
Gordonstoun has a wide support network for those students requiring learning support. A recent Educational Psychologist’s report will be required for any application for “Access Arrangements” during examinations e.g. extra time, use of computers etc.. Parents should discuss the need for a report and any eventual recommendations directly with the Head of Learning Support. Regular learning support lessons for students in the Sixth Form can be arranged.
The School is committed to providing Exam Access Arrangements appropriate to students’ needs within the guidelines and regulations of the JCQ. A recent Educational Psychologist’s report would be helpful for any application for Access Arrangements. Parents should discuss the need for such a report and any eventual recommendations directly with the Head of Learning Support.