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Individual Learning Needs

Based in the heart of the school, the Individual Learning Needs department provides for the additional learning needs of any pupil at any stage of their education. This may range from a minor tweak to more extensive extra provision above and beyond that made generally for children of the same age. We closely monitor the progress of all girls in the basic skills of reading, spelling and numeracy and also respond to referral from subject teachers.

The department offers regular one-to-one sessions with a Specific Learning Difficulties qualified member of staff. A bespoke teaching programme is designed, which may range from assisting a pupil in Reception or Year 1 with letter formation, basic reading, spelling and coping with numbers to supporting a pupil with advanced study skills, speed reading and essay-writing techniques at GCSE and A level. Any examination access arrangements, which may be necessary, are also organised by the department in conjunction with the Examinations Officer. We offer advice and support regarding external professional assessments.

The department has a wide range of resources and expertise from which to draw, including a range of supportive software.

We communicate proactively with teaching staff and parents, maintaining electronic support and achievement plans for the younger pupils and pupil passports for all the girls on the individual needs register.

We offer various booster sessions, as and when necessary, in reading, spelling and revision and run a junior paired reading programme between the Sixth Form and younger pupils and a lunchtime touch typing club.

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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