Learning Support

In the Learning Support Department we aim to make reasonable adjustments and take relevant and purposeful measures to provide for pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN). Each pupil is encouraged to fulfil his potential. Our aim is that all pupils on the Code of Practice experience balanced, inclusive, tailored educational provision. Nurture class provision extends from years 8 to 12 and allows pupils with SEN to access the curriculum effectively and make meaningful and measurable progress. 

Staff Member


Mrs Perry

Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)
Head of Learning Support
Year 8 Nurture class (Progress) Teacher
Primary contact for all SEN queries.

Mr McBride

SENCo Support
ASD provision
Year 10 Nurture class (Access) Teacher

Mrs McGorman

Peripatetic Support
Year 11 Nurture class (Access) Teacher

Mr Hancock

ADHD Support
Year 9 Nurture class (Access) Teacher

Miss Black

Year 12 Nurture class (Access) Teacher
Numeracy Support

Miss Crawford

Year 9 Nurture class (Access) Teacher
Literacy Support

Miss Sykes

Year 8 Nurture class (Access) Teacher

Mrs Robinson

Linguistic Phonics
Dyslexia support

Curriculum – Key Stage 3


In years 8, 9 and 10 pupils have access to the full Northern Ireland Curriculum. This is delivered primarily through Nurture classes, with each pupil receiving a range of additional tailored support, specific to the pupil. Extra adult support and a small group setting is also provided within each Access/Progress class. The subjects delivered in the Access classes at Key Stage 3 are:

  • Maths
  • English
  • History
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Technology
  • LFLW
  • Modern Languages
  • Literacy Support
  • Numeracy Support

Pupils also experience RE, PE/Games, the Pastoral curriculum, Home Economics, Music and IT. Differentiation ensures that pupils are given every opportunity to succeed.

Curriculum – GCSE

Access classes are also offered in years 11 and 12. This allows pupils to follow a specifically designed curriculum which gives them the best possible opportunity for success at GCSE. This support is wide ranging, within a small group setting with extra adult support in each group.

The subjects delivered in the Access classes at Key Stage 4 are:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Occupational Studies
  • LFLW
  • Careers
  • XL

Pupils also benefit from a comprehensive Pastoral curriculum, Careers, RE and PE/Games.

Other Support available

Pupils are also provided with a variety of pastoral supports that ensure they fully experience and enjoy school life outside of the classroom. These include:

  • Connect Club
  • Friendship Groups
  • Breakfast Club
  • Break and Lunchtime Clubs
  • Newcomer Support
  • Safe Space provision
  • Sensory Room Access
  • Transition programmes


It is the aim of the Learning Support Department to ensure that we develop all the skills required to succeed at GCSE level and also to become successful lifelong learners. These skills include cross-curricular skills, thinking skills and personal capabilities, including problem-solving skills and critical thinking. We also aim to improve our pupils’ organisation, independence, resilience and self-confidence.

Outside Agencies

The Learning Support Department works closely with outside agencies to ensure that pupils have access to all the support they may require. These agencies include: