As an Inclusive school, staff at The Hollins aim to create a supportive learning environment that meets the needs of all members of our community.
Under the guidance of Mrs Cirino, our SENDCO, our experienced teachers and teaching assistants provide support and strategies for our learners with additional needs.
How do we help?
Most of our work is achieved by supporting students in the subject classroom or in one-to-one and small group sessions. Support is focused upon the younger students as they establish themselves at secondary school, whilst older students are encouraged to develop independence. The team deliver a series of year 6 transition days which are personalised for pupils who have experienced difficulties in the primary setting.
The department runs a daily after school homework club which is open to all students in the school. The pupils have use of computers and able to ask questions of the support staff who are on duty and happy to help. In addition the team provide supervised support over breaks and lunchtimes.
Every year 7 student has a named adult they can go to for support, be this academic, social or emotional.
How do we know which students need help?
Before students transfer to the Hollins we are aware of any additional needs that they have. We visit primary schools to gather information and to meet with teachers, parents, carers and pupils. We use the assessment information from primary school alongside our own baseline tests to identify students who may require additional support.
Students with additional needs will be included on the school’s special educational needs register. A small number of students will continue to find it difficult to make expected progress at school despite our support. We will then ask other professionals from outside agencies to help. For a very small number of students an EHCP will be necessary to meet their needs.
How can parents and carers help?
A close partnership between school and home is essential if students are to make good progress. Parents and carers will always be fully involved and informed of their child’s additional needs and of their achievements. Parents are central in supporting the measures taken by school.