Many parents, grandparents and guardians choose The Read School because of our commitment to helping all the children in our care to fulfil their potential.
We believe that well targeted support can go a long way towards meeting this wide ranging objective. Each child is respected and valued as important in the school, and for the contribution they can make now and in the future within the wider community. Our pupils have a wide range of abilities and skills; we aim to develop the particular gifts they possess, whilst providing a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum to aid them in their future career and life.
The Inclusive Learning Department (ILD) exists to enable all children in the school achieve the above objectives. We understand that many children require a little extra input for a wide variety of reasons; often for a short period of time to deal with specific issues and sometimes for an extended period to help children access the wider curriculum successfully. Pupils we support include those with:
• developmental delay
• specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia & Asperger’s syndrome)
• general learning difficulties
• communication problems
• emotional and social difficulties
• speech and language difficulties
• physical disabilities
• gifted and talented requirements
• sensory, physical or medical conditions
• LEA statement identifying special needs
• gaps in knowledge for various reasons
The school educates all pupils alongside their peers within the normal curriculum wherever possible, as we strongly believe in an inclusive approach. We recognise, however, that some specialist provision outside the classroom will raise self-esteem, help our children succeed in the classroom, and improve results in their final examinations. The following support is put in place after due process according to need and agreement:
• classroom support to increase curriculum access and pupil achievement
• differentiated work according to need
• small group tuition to raise attainment in any area required
• individual tuition to raise attainment in important areas
• counselling as part of our pastoral responsibilities
Mrs Kathryn Patrick, as Director of Inclusive Learning, is responsible for coordinating the above provision. In order to provide timely support, Mrs Patrick screens all pupils in the school at appropriate intervals, and assesses pupils with identified needs as promptly and thoroughly as is possible. Specific professionals and agencies are used where appropriate, so that we can provide the best possible support for our children. We use provision mapping to provide all pupils on the ILD register with appropriate support, to help maximise access to the school curriculum, and we provide individual action plans to use with pupils in need of more intensive help.
We believe successful education and pastoral care is dependent on active and positive dialogue between parents, pupils and teachers. Mrs Patrick is happy to discuss any educational or pastoral issue with parents or guardians of pupils at the school and welcomes the opportunity to talk to prospective parents about what our school can offer your child.
We currently have around 20 pupils working towards GCSE and A Level qualifications in their 'additional language', which is English. Some of our pupils join us when still quite young however the majority of pupils join us much later, in Years 9 or 10, and several go straight into the Sixth Form. In recent years we have had pupils come to us from Hong Kong, mainland China, Vietnam, Germany, Thailand, Macau, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, Ukraine, Spain, Portugal and Russia.
The EAL (English as an Additional Language) department supports our overseas pupils by providing lessons in the English Language and support in other subjects.
Younger pupils adapt very well and will have extra EAL lessons wherever possible.
Year 10 EAL pupils are entered for the PET (Preliminary English Test) Cambridge examination, and Year 11 pupils work towards the Cambridge First Certificate exam.
Both these examinations test pupils' speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Upper Sixth Form students generally take the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test, which is needed for entrance not only into British universities, but into overseas universities also.
The EAL department offers support socially as well as academically. Outings are arranged, the highlight of which is a meal at a local restaurant to celebrate the Chinese New Year!
Every overseas pupil is welcomed and the added dimension they bring to the life of the school is much appreciated.