The Learning Support Department offers expert support to pupils throughout the school from Year 7 to 13. There are three members of staff including a Dyslexia Specialist Teacher and a teacher qualified to teach English as an Additional Language. We have experience working with pupils with a broad range of SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and EAL (English as an Additional Language), as well as those with organisational issues or those who are not performing in line with expectations.
Support sessions are scheduled either outside lesson time or on a rota so that the disruption to learning is minimised. We work closely with classroom teachers, parents and, of course, the pupils themselves to ensure that provision is tailored to the individual’s needs, including differentiation in lessons, examination access arrangements and ICT support. Pupils can also drop into the department for help at any time.
Pupils of EAL are able to access general support as well as attending compulsory Extra English lessons. Sixth formers are prepared for IELTS in order to satisfy university entrance and visa requirements.
“High standards are achieved, including by pupils with English as an additional language, the more able and those with special educational needs or disabilities.” Independent Schools Inspectorate Report 2014
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Most of the EAL pupils at Ipswich School live at the Westwood Boarding House. All EAL boarders receive a minimum of 2 lessons of specialist EAL tuition weekly on top of the normal curriculum. Pupils are able to get help from Learning Support with both academic work and pastoral issues.
There is a Study Support Club each day after school from 4.15 until 6pm. This does not have to be pre-booked and is open to all pupils