Whitgift's Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision is designed to support students with learning difficulties, whatever their nature, which hinder their educational development thus preventing them from reaching their potential.
Workshops and In Class Support
The department is well resourced and the staff have excellent qualifications in assessing and teaching students with Specific Learning Difficulties. When students enter the Junior Years they are screened for spelling and writing skills and students with identified specific difficulties are offered additional support in class and through workshops. Students entering the School with a current assessment report have their needs addressed accordingly.
Strategies to Support Learning
Students with identified difficulties are placed on an SEN register, which is circulated to all staff, and some students have Student Information Sheets with strategies to support their learning. Teaching staff are kept informed of students' needs and there is regular liaison between the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and Heads of Year to monitor students' progress.
Social skills workshops are run for those students who need to further develop their social interaction to ensure they happily and successfully integrate into the School community.
English as an Additional Language
Students with English as an Additional Language may be offered support to develop their spoken and written language.
The SENCo liaises regularly with the exams officer with regard to exam concessions and access arrangements in line with JCQ guidelines. In house assessments may be offered where appropriate.
There is a wonderful spirit at Whitgift which cultivates happy and stress-free children. Teachers all seem to have a smile on their face, and, like us parents, want the best for our boys.
WHITGIFT SCHOOL CURRENT PARENT (2020)
Whitgift felt the most ‘real’ of the independent schools I had seen and I was struck by the humility of the staff and boys I had met. It was welcoming from the get-go, warm, and I instantly thought my boys would thrive here if they were lucky enough to get a place.
QUOTE FROM CURRENT PARENT (2020)