Our student body encompasses a wide range of academic abilities, and includes children with specific learning difficulties, some of whom will require additional support to enable them to access the curriculum and maximise the benefits of their school career.

Our dedicated team of learning support assistants work alongside Junior School classroom teachers across Reception and Years 1 and 2, working flexibly in the areas of greatest need. Small class sizes throughout the school help to build a supportive and responsive environment in which every child can thrive.

By Year 3, children with specific learning difficulties have been identified and together with students from Years 4, 5 and 6, they will be supported and encouraged by the special education needs team in line with their personal educational action plan. Support is tailored to meet individual needs and can involve specialised skills teaching on a one-on-one basis or in small groups, to enhance classroom learning.

Akeley Wood Junior is currently piloting the Step to Progress programme, delivered in collaboration between the School and home, which focuses on coordination, balance and eye contact for children on the autistic spectrum. The initiative has already been seen to improve confidence and self-esteem, leading to increased attainment across all subjects.

Within the Senior School, the inclusive atmosphere characteristic of Akeley Wood enables children with  additional needs to flourish in a mainstream setting with the help of first class SEN support.  We have introduced a flexible and individual scheme which offers different levels of support according to each child’s needs.



Category Description Additional Financial Implications
Student No specific additional needs identified at the point of assessment. None
Tracked Student Minor additional needs identified at the point of assessment.  It is anticipated that these needs will be met through tracking and subject teacher support.  If additional support is subsequently required the student would become a Supported Student. None
Supported Student Some additional needs identified at the point of assessment. These needs will be met through intervention and support activities provided by the Learning Support team.  These activities will be tailored to meet the needs of the individual students and will usually be run on a half termly basis. Any programmes of support and intervention will be discussed with the parents in advance and parents may be invoiced for additional sessions which take place. Additional sessions may be invoiced by agreement
Bridged Student More significant additional needs identified at the point of assessment.  These needs will be met by following our Bridging Programme for one academic year in the first instance.  Students on the Bridging Programme would have more significant levels of support.  These would include but not exhaustively; a Bridging Group for English lessons with 8 or fewer students in it and specialist teaching, a reduced number of MFL lessons with a focus on conversational and cultural element of the language and country, additional support lessons (gained from the other MFL lessons) to target their individual areas of need, Learning Support Assistants in appropriate lessons to support their access to the lessons, close regular tracking and termly review meetings to monitor progress and set subsequent targets. Additional fees
No Place A high level of additional needs identified at the point of assessment.  These needs would not be able to be met by the School and it would not be in the best interests of the child to be offered a place at Akeley Wood Senior School. n/a


Students are monitored regularly and the levels of intervention and support adapted as appropriate.