The Grange School has a department dedicated to Support for Learning. Its key role is to deliver a wide range of support for students who are having difficulty accessing the school’s curriculum and are failing to make good progress in their learning.

Support is given to students who are experiencing a range of learning difficulties, behavioural, emotional and social difficulties and physical impairments. Support is also given, by members of the team, to those students experiencing other difficulties, such as medical or attendance problems.

Students are supported by Special Educational Needs (SEN) staff in all curriculum areas, although the focus is often on the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. Staff works with students in class, in small groups or as individuals.

We have Learning Support options at KS4 for those students who need extra time and help to complete coursework or to improve their basic literacy or numeracy skills


The Department is led by Mrs S Wilson, Assistant Headteacher, Support for Learning. 

Miss W Jakeman is the ‘named’ Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). Miss Jakeman can be contacted by email or on 01296 390948.

The Senior Teaching & Learning Assistants (SEN) co-ordinates the work of a team of Learning Support Assistants to deliver and provide support for students.

The Specialist Assessor and Teacher of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties has an important role in the diagnostic processes; assessing students, providing individual support programmes, training and maintaining the SEN register.

The Special Needs Teacher delivers the Learning Support options to the Key Stage 4 student and assists the Statutory Assessment process and Statement Reviews.

The Student Support Manager co-ordinates the work of the Behaviour and Learning Mentors to provide individual and group support for vulnerable students. This includes Nurture Groups and internal exclusions. Referrals to non-SEN outside agencies and the support work provided by them are also coordinated by the Student Support Manager.

The Attendance Officer has important links with all members of the department, providing information and support for students whose learning is affected by attendance issues.

The First Aid Officer works in conjunction with the Attendance officer and is responsible for medical matters in school.


The Support for Learning Department has a suite of rooms in the front block of the main building. On the second floor is a large teaching room with two smaller adjoining rooms used mainly for the KS4 Support for Learning groups. On the first floor is the SEN Office, the Specialist Teacher’s and SEN teacher’s Office, the main SEN classroom (where the majority of the 1.1 support is delivered) a room especially equipped to deliver group work including Nurture Groups and Social Skills groups.

Stapleton House is a separate building which has an office, classroom and meeting spaces for the Student Support Manager, Learning Mentors and Behaviour Mentors, which is situated at the side of the school. On the ground floor, the main room accommodates a small group (usually no more than four students) who are on internal exclusion. The Behaviour Mentors work with the students to help them complete their schoolwork and help to address their behaviour needs. The Learning Mentor’s support on a one to one basis as well as supporting other students who are referred to Stapleton House by their Year Team Leader.


The Support for Learning delivers a number of interventions including:

During the school day:

  • One to one and small group Literacy and Numeracy Support
  • Year 7 and 8 Nurture Groups
  • Social Skillls Groups
  • Specialist teacher support, Physical disabilities (usually for statemented students)
  • Support for Communication and Language, ASD, Speech and Language, Occupational and Physiotherapy.
  • Behaviour and Learning Mentor sessions via Stapleton House
  • Outside agency support work e.g. counseling, Connexions, school nurse, Social Care, Addaction, RU Safe via Stapleton House.


  • Break and Lunchtime club for vulnerable students in SL1 and SL3 ‘by invite only, pass cards issued’.
  • Study Support Sessions in IT3 are open to anyone.

After School:

  • Study Support Sessions in SL1 supported by LSAs or Learning Mentors, open to anyone. (Everyday)
  • ‘Spellwell’ Spelling club – usually Year 7, by invite. (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Further Information

Our SEND policy can be found on the School Policies page.

For additional information please contact the school and ask to speak to Mrs S Wilson, Assistant Headteacher, Support for Learning.