Welcome to the Learning Support Department 

SENCo Name Mr David O'Leary
Contact Number 01604 716 106
Email Address David.o'

My name is David O’Leary, and I am the SENDCo at Kingsthorpe College. I would like to share the following information about the ethos of Learning Support for our students. 

Here at Kingsthorpe College, we share the belief that all children have an equal right to a full and rounded education, which will enable them to achieve their full potential. We are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all our students, whatever their needs or abilities. The children at Kingsthorpe College are taught to help one another and respect each other's differences. 

As the SEN Code of Practice 2014 Every Child Matters Agenda states, ‘We want every child to fulfil their potential, regardless of their background or circumstances’. As outlined in Kingsthorpe College’s SEN and Inclusion Policy: 

  • We endeavour to achieve maximum inclusion of all students (including vulnerable learners) whilst meeting their individual needs.  

  • Teachers provide differentiated learning opportunities for all the students within the College and provide materials appropriate to students’ interests and abilities. This ensures that all students have a full access to the College curriculum.  

We use our best endeavours to secure special educational provision for pupils for whom this is required, that is ‘additional to and different from’ that provided within the differentiated curriculum to better respond to the four areas of need identified in the Code of Practice (September 2014):

  1. Communication and Interaction - For example, young people with Speech, Language and Communication Needs and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). 

  2. Cognition and Learning – For example, Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia. 

  3. Social, Emotional and Mental Health – For example, pupils who experience anxiety or have ADHD. 

  4. Sensory/Physical – such as young people with Visual or Hearing Impairment. 

We ensure that both children and parents are appropriately involved in all discussions and decisions about individual support and provision. The children’s needs are always at the heart of our provision and decision-making.