d’Overbroeck’s is an academically selective school; however, we are happy to offer places to children who require learning support, provided they meet our wider academic criteria and we have the facilities and expertise to offer them a suitable level of support.
The most important help we can give students is to remove barriers to learning: to work with them to find ways to overcome the practical difficulties that prevent them from fulfilling their potential. This builds students’ self-esteem and gives them increasing confidence in their abilities.
We provide the following for all students receiving learning support in Years 7-11:
- An Individual Education Plan (IEP): which details the kind of support that the student needs; we review the plans every term, carefully monitoring students’ needs and progress.
- Representations to exam boards: where students need special exam arrangements, we are happy to make representations on their behalf, supported by a report from an Educational Psychologist.
- Experienced teaching: although some students benefit from one-to-one sessions, many find that their needs are met by the individual attention they receive in our small classes. Our teachers are highly skilled at meeting a range of different needs in the classroom, from difficulties with some aspects of learning to particular talents that need to be encouraged.
- Rosie’s club: students who receive learning support automatically become members of Rosie’s Club, run by Rosie Astley, our hugely experienced and much-loved Learning Support Coordinator. Students who need one-to-one sessions have scheduled time with Rosie, and all students can drop in to see her when she is free should they feel they need support in any aspect of their learning. Her room is one of the busiest areas of the school, especially at breaks and lunchtimes, illustrating the understanding among our students of how important it is to regularly review your learning and seek support when stuck.