The School has an Inclusion department which offers specialist teaching for those with ALN (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, Autistic Spectrum conditions or difficulties with aspects of learning such as social integration, anger or anxiety).  The Director of Inclusion and Assessment also acts as ALNCo.  Pupils with learning difficulties -physical or cognitive – will have their needs assessed and monitored and may be offered support if the Director of Inclusion and Assessment considers that such support would be beneficial.  The school will work with parents, and with external agencies where appropriate, to determine suitable provision.  If at any stage the school finds itself unable to meet the child’s changing needs, recommendations will be made for alternative educational provision. The cost of specialist teaching in the Inclusion Department is payable by parents in addition to the normal fees.  There is no charge for other work undertaken by the Inclusion Department, such as assessments, consultations and pastoral care of pupils with ALN.

In order for pupils to attend lessons in the Inclusion Department, they usually have to miss other lessons.  Some lessons take place before and after school, and priority for these slots is given to those in Years 10 and 11.

a) The decision for a pupil to ‘drop’ a subject is only taken after very careful consideration.  Parents are made aware of the implications of such a decision.  It is made by the Director of Inclusion and Assessment and Deputy Director (Academic) ONLY after consultation with Heads of Year, the parents, the pupil, colleagues in Inclusion and the subject area involved.  Dropping a subject may mean that the subject cannot be resumed.

b) Pupils attending Inclusion will be absent from one to six lessons fortnightly, the lessons missed being the ones deemed to be least prejudicial to their overall progress whilst at the same time being compatible with timetabling constraints.  This means that they may miss, for example, one out of two music lessons.  In this example, the music teacher will decide on what work it is fair to expect of the pupil.  Photocopies may be provided of the work missed.  The pupil will be given clear guidelines.  S/he may be expected to take the exams, but, if so, will be reassured that performance will not be expected to be in line with that of those who have been able to attend every lesson.

c) Where possible, pupils are withdrawn from both or all lessons of a particular subject, in order to minimize organisational difficulties, the need to ‘catch up’ and to reduce the pressures on the pupil.  If for example, a pupil is withdrawn from four lessons of a subject but only requires two Inclusion lessons, he or she will be set work by Inclusion teachers to do under supervision in the Inclusion department in the remaining lessons.

The responsibility to request access arrangements lies specifically and exclusively with the Director of Inclusion and Assessment. Pupils in Year 9 and Year 12 who have previously been identified as having ALN are assessed in Inclusion by the Director of Inclusion and Assessment a specialist teacher (unless the candidate or his/her parents have refused permission for the assessment to take place).