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Personalised Support

At St Clement Danes School we are committed to meeting the needs of all students to ensure that they make the best possible progress. As all students progress at different rates, there may be times when a teacher feels that an individual may benefit from additional support. Such support could be provided in class or as a separate activity. In some cases, this may be because we feel a student is not completely reaching their potential and may need ‘a little extra push’ or it may be to ‘catch up’ in a particular area.

Small Group Support

It may be appropriate for a student to receive small group support either inside or outside of the classroom setting. This is usually because a member of our teaching staff will be delivering a specific programme for the group of students to close any gaps or misunderstandings that have arisen in their learning. This type of support is time-limited, usually lasting for one term. We measure the students’ abilities at the beginning and the end of any additional support which shows us whether our actions have had an impact on the students’ learning. As an example, below you will find a selection of activities operating in Key Stage 3  & 4.

Higher Education & Careers Guidance Years 7-11

St. Clement Danes School is fortunate in being able to offer focused, targeted advice to our younger students about their future options when they move on from school. School guidance is delivered by a team of staff, led by our dedicated Careers Co-ordinator, Mrs. Payne; currently the following opportunities are made available to students in Years 7-11:

  • Personal Development sessions dedicated to a range of careers, workplace and Higher Education topics and skills in Years 7-11
  • Work shadowing placements in Year 8
  • Individual careers and education guidance meetings for selected students in Years 9-11 with either a member of the school guidance team or our external consultant, Mr. D. Ritchie
  • Work experience placements for selected Year 10 students
  • Morrisby Profiling psychometric tests and follow-up interviews for students in Year 11
  • External speakers from a range of professional backgrounds for Years 9-11

Academic Support in Key Stage 3 (for Years 7, 8 and 9) is as follows:

  • Reading comprehension and homework support (Yr 7) - Mrs Howe (SENCO) and SEN department
  • Literacy and Maths support (Yr 8 and 9) – Mrs Howe (SENCO) and SEN department
  • Reading Buddies (Yr 7 and 8) – Ms Spencer (Literacy Co-ordinator)
  • Literacy Buddies (Yr 7) – Ms Spencer (Literacy Co-ordinator)
  • Maths Buddies (Yr 7) – Ms Davey (Maths Teacher)
  • Franklin Scholars (Yr 7) – Ms Ramsbottom (RE Teacher)
  • Sixth Form Mentors (Yr 7, 8 and 9) – Mrs Hawkins (Assistant Head of Sixth Form)
  • English Small Group Support (Yr 8 and 9) – Co-ordinated by Mr Hiorns (KS3 English Co-ordinator)
  • Maths Small Group Support (Yr 8 and 9) – Co-ordinated by Mr Disley (KS3 Maths Co-ordinator)

Pastoral Support in Key Stage 3 (Year 7, 8 and 9) is as follows:

  • Chessbrook Stage 1 - Co-ordinated by Mrs Giles (Pastoral Leader of KS3)
  • Chessbrook Stage 2 - Co-ordinated by Mrs Giles (Pastoral Leader of KS3)
  • Welfare support – Mrs Colbeck (Welfare Office)
  • Medical support – Mrs Whiteman and Mrs Spearpoint (School Matron)
  • On report to pastoral leader – Co-ordinated by Mrs Carrington (Head of Year 7) and Mrs Giles (Pastoral Leader of KS3)
  • Parent Support Worker – Co-ordinated by Mrs Giles (Pastoral Leader of KS3)

Academic Support in Key Stage 4 (for Years 10 & 11) is as follows:

  • Core skills support – Mrs Howe (SENCO) and SEN department
  • Franklin Scholar Mentors – Miss Ramsbottom (RE Teacher)
  • English Small Group Support – Co-ordinated by Miss Cort (KS4 English Co-ordinator)
  • Maths Small Group Support  – Co-ordinated by Mr Dow (KS4 Maths Co-ordinator)
  • Learning Skills & Motivation  – Dr van der Spoel (Educational Psychologist)
  • Easter Revision Programme (Yr 11) – Co-ordinated by Mr Marks (Assistant Headteacher)
  • School Based Study Leave (Yr 11) – Co-ordinated by Mr Marks (Assistant Headteacher)

Pastoral Support in Key Stage 4 (Year 10 & 11) is as follows:

  • Chessbrook Stage 1 - Co-ordinated by Mr O'Dowd (Pastoral Leader of KS4)
  • Chessbrook Stage 2 - Co-ordinated by Mr O'Dowd (Pastoral Leader of KS4)
  • Welfare support – Mrs Colbeck (Welfare Office)
  • Medical support – Mrs Whiteman and Mrs Spearpoint (School Matron)
  • On report to pastoral leader – Co-ordinated by Mr O'Dowd (Pastoral Leader of KS4)
  • Parent Support Worker – Co-ordinated by Mr O'Dowd (Pastoral Leader of KS4)

Exceptional Performance

We recognise that it is important for more able, gifted and talented students to be accelerated beyond the curriculum in order to challenge themselves further.

The aim of the school’s Exceptional Performance (EP) Programme is to provide support and development for those students who show potential for excellence in school subjects. All students in the school are monitored throughout Year 7 and 8. A small cohort of approximately 5-10 students within a year group are enrolled from mid-Year 9. Only students who are considered to be exceptionally able within the national context for an academic, artistic or sporting discipline are enrolled onto the full EP programme. Through one-to-one mentoring and careful consideration of student needs, the programme aims to ensure options and extra-curricular opportunities offer appropriate breadth, depth and challenge and lead students to high attaining pathways beyond KS5. Some opportunities provided within particular disciplines are offered to a slightly wider group of students extending beyond the core EP members.

The allocation of all academic provision and support is reviewed termly by the Senior Leadership Team. Parents are encouraged to speak to their child’s class teacher first if they have any concerns regarding progress or attainment.