Learning Support is offered to all pupils at Downside.
Learning Support at Downside School
All Third Form pupils follow a course designed to develop independent study skills and the tutorial system builds on this foundation for the senior years. Pupils with specific learning difficulties are monitored and receive specialist teaching by the Head of Learning Support and a small team of dedicated teachers. Individual support is arranged at times convenient for the pupils. Study support lessons, particularly in Mathematics and English, are also offered within the timetable, and each Academic Department runs weekly support clinics for all ages. The School arranges diagnostic tests for all junior pupils. English as an Additional Language is also available. There may be a charge for special tuition.
‘Excellent communication skills are a characteristic of all pupils. This is particularly notable in the achievement of pupils with EAL.’ ISI REPORT 2018
Downside School Learning Support Staff
|Mrs C Storey BA, AMBDA||Head of Learning Support|
|Mrs R Burke Dip SpLD||Teacher of Learning Support and EAL|
|Mrs P Witt BA, AMBDA||Teacher of Learning Support|
|Mrs Frankie Seggie BSc Hons, PGCE||Teacher of Learning Support|
|Mrs Anne Sherrard BA Joint Hons, PGCE, SEN, Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy||Teacher of Learning Support|
English as an Additional Language
All international students who are at Downside for a year or more are offered the opportunity, where practicable, to obtain an internationally recognised qualification in English. To learn more about our EAL provision, please click here.