St John's Priory School has a 'whole school' approach to identifying children who require additional help with their learning whereby any concerns about a child's progress are carefully monitored by the class teachers and Head of Learning Support. This method helps to ensure that every child reaches their potential in all areas.
At the ISI Accreditation inspection in November 2012, the visiting inspector reported that "she saw evidence of excellence in Special Needs."
Children who have particular difficulties are given additional classroom support and, when there is a clear need, one-to-one tuition. Each child who needs support is given an Individual Educational Plan (IEP). This specialist teaching is multi-sensory, cumulative, structured and tailored to the child's specific area of need. Often individual tuition is given for a period of time until the child has learnt the appropriate strategies to overcome their learning difficulties. The school has access to specialist agencies when needed including educational psychologists and speech therapists.
At St John's Priory School we believe that it is essential to recognise a child's difficulties at this vital primary stage in their education, as once the correct support has been given, a child is more likely to learn strategies to help overcome these issues. Children can then go on and achieve their full academic potential and our children have frequently won places at academic Senior Schools and some have indeed won scholarships.