The Support Department
The Support Department at Dorothy Stringer is friendly and inclusive, enabling students to learn, enjoy and achieve in all that school has to offer. It supports students to develop the tools they need to remove the barriers they may face.
The department supports students with a wide range of additional needs through close interaction with the students themselves, their parents, their class teachers, outside agencies and the pastoral team. This holistic approach allows all students to achieve their full potential. Students are supported in a variety of ways. These can include adaptation of learning materials, in-class support, small group work, mentoring or a personalised curriculum.
The department aims to identify and assess the additional learning needs of students who require extra support as soon as possible after they begin in Year 7. Students are then reassessed throughout their time at school to ensure that all their needs are being met. Individual education and behaviour plans are written in conjunction with the student to give them a clear picture of how they can access a balanced and broad curriculum and to encourage them to take ownership of their learning.
We work with outside agencies who offer expertise, advice and support including the Language and Literacy Support Service, the Sensory Needs Service, the Autistic Spectrum Condition Support Service and other specialists as required.
At Dorothy Stringer, we support all our students to fulfil their potential, and this includes students with additional behavioural needs. Sometimes, students need extra guidance about how to manage their feelings and emotions. Our vulnerable students are particularly well cared for at Dorothy Stringer with designated safe spaces for students who need extra consideration and time with our devoted and caring members of staff. The Support Department staff encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and conduct, providing students with the tools they need to overcome the barriers to fulfilling their potential.