"Haileybury has a well-resourced Learning Support Department with two specially-qualified members of staff to assess and/or teach pupils with diagnosed specific learning difficulties. We provide a friendly and welcoming environment with a holistic approach to help all pupils overcome barriers to their learning."
Wendy Suter Head of Learning Support
Haileybury has a well-resourced Learning Support Department with two members of staff to help pupils with diagnosed specific learning difficulties. Staff are qualified teachers who have taken additional qualifications to assess and/or teach pupils with specific learning difficulties.
We also offer assessments, study skills and general academic support as appropriate. We offer a friendly and welcoming environment with a holistic approach to help all pupils meet their potential.
Pupils are welcome to attend regular one-to-one or small group sessions on a regular basis. Reports on progress and targets are sent to parents twice a year. We are also available for pupils who may require a short block of learning support or ‘one-off’ lessons as necessary.
We can arrange for a diagnostic assessment with an Educational Psychologist within school. There are additional charges for learning support lessons and assessments. Learning Support Prep club is available four evenings per week and students are encouraged to come to these sessions for further support (not chargeable) and to drop in to the department whenever necessary.
The Learning Support Department has good communication links with subject teachers, tutors, parents and Housemasters and Housemistresses (HMs). Pupils are usually referred to the department via such links but increasingly, they are taking responsibility for their own learning and requesting support themselves. Pupils may be referred through the College's testing and screening processes. The Learning Support Department provides some in-class support as necessary.
Additionally, there are two members of staff to help pupils for whom English is not their first language. The English as an Additional Language (EAL) staff provide one-to-one or small group support for those pupils who require help in addition to their EAL lessons.
Pupils who have opted to study English as a second language instead of a Foreign Language take the Cambridge International Examinations (I)GCSE in English as a second language at the end of the Fifth Year. There are additional charges for such support.
Wendy Suter joined Haileybury in September 2015. She was previously Senior Teacher (Assistant Head) for Learning and Teaching (SENCo and GTACo) at Saint Andrew's International High School in Malawi. Wendy's vast experience in teaching includes having taught every compulsory year group and every National Curriculum subject! She holds Level 7 certificates for Special Educational Needs as well as Dyslexia and English as an Additional Language (Dyslexia Action) and is currently studying for a Certificate of Competence Educational Testing Level 7. Wendy coaches junior (Key Stage 3) girls and boys rugby. She also teaches sign language.