Students with Additional Needs
The work of the department is founded in the principles which derive from the school’s Christian ethos and educational values.
The Learning Support Department supports students who experience barriers to learning and have difficulty accessing the curriculum. The department works closely with pastoral and subject staff, and with parents, to ensure that the students’ individual needs are met. The majority of support is provided ‘in-class’, for both students and teachers, although individual intervention programmes are also accessed by students.
The department is staffed by a team of highly experienced teachers, Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) and Teaching Assistants (TAs) with a variety of graduate and post graduate qualifications and expertise. Colleagues offer skills in teaching, literacy, numeracy, nursing, counselling and in subject specialisms. A comprehensive programme of extra-curricular support activities are offered to boost individual students’ academic independence. A number of visiting experts also support the work of the department including educational psychologists, speech and language therapists and professionals from Young Peoples’ Services.
The Department has a 15 place Autism Resource Base, which the Education Authority has responsibility for allocating students to.
Since 1st September 2014 there have been new duties with regards to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The Catholic High School, Chester remains committed to being an inclusive, mainstream secondary school as part of Cheshire West and Cheshire Local Authority. We will be working with young people, parents/carers and other agencies over the coming year to ensure all policies and practices keep the young person central to decision making and that we support the best possible preparation for adulthood.
For more information please contact Mrs Jo Wraige (SENCO) The Catholic High School Chester, CH4 7HS firstname.lastname@example.org telephone number 01244 981600
A list of SEND acronyms that you may find useful can be found here
Cheshire West and Chester Local Authorities Local Offer can be accessed here
Mrs Wraige - Head of Learning Support/SENCO
Independent Travel Training
Independent Travel Training (ITT) helps young people with special educational needs learn how to travel to school or college by public transport. At Dorin Park, staff work with students across Cheshire West and Chester who require ITT to access various schools and colleges across the borough. Please click here for more information.