The Learning Support Department at St Michael’s aims to ensure that every pupil achieves their full potential through tailoring learning to individual need, interest and aptitude.

We provide support for pupils who, whilst able to access the school curriculum, may need extra support due to a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, or a lack of confidence in a particular aspect of their work. We work with class teachers to foster a ‘growth mindset’ learning style, where pupils know that success and intelligence are not inherited but earned through effort, working towards goals and diligence.

Teaching and learning strategies are matched closely to the individual’s needs and are designed to build confidence and self-esteem.  Support can be given in a variety of ways including, on a one to one basis,  in a small group and within the classroom.

The Department is staffed by experienced, specialist teachers and a teaching assistant, who all hold additional qualifications to cater for pupils with a range of needs.

Nicola Mackereth, SENCO

Potential Plus

Our most able students often require a greater level of challenge and at times, more support.  This department supports the school expectation that all learners make progress, become more effective learners and thus succeed.

At St Michael’s we are committed to ensuring all students are challenged and motivated to realise their own potential. This department is an integral part of the School’s broader development, to maximise inclusion of educational opportunity, for all students and is committed to providing an environment which challenges all abilities as well as the potentially more able students. This is provided through differentiated tasks during lessons, extra curricular provision, outside workshops and other varied and broad mediums.

Ryan Driver
(Head of Potential Plus)