Welcome to the Learning Support Department

We believe that SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disability) is not about a label or diagnosis; it is defined by a student’s presentation of need and the amount of support that is needed to help them to make progress in their education and achieve their full potential.  

We recognise that each student is unique and therefore the support that they require should be personalised to their needs. The term ‘Neurodiversity’ is used to describe the differences in our brains that cause people to think and behave differently. We celebrate this diversity and look to recognise the unique potential that neurodiverse people have. 

We work closely with students, parents/carers and outside agencies to: 

  • Create an environment in which students with SEND can fulfil their potential 
  • Enable students with SEND to function as independently as possible within the school environment and the outside world 
  • Create a partnership in which the school, home and other agencies work together for the benefit of students with SEND. 

We know that many families have experienced difficulty in getting the right support in place for their child. We aim to work with you to remove these barriers. We understand that SEND is a complex area full of jargon and statutory processes, and that this can make it difficult for parents and students to navigate. Below, we have tried to answer a few of our frequently asked questions. Underneath these questions are a number of documents which will allow you to explore our school provision in more detail, followed by a number of useful links for parents. 

If, having read these documents, you have not found what you are looking for or if you need more support, please contact school and we would be more than happy to help you. 

Meet our SEND team

What is the Student Support Centre? (SSC)

The role of Learning Support Assistants

Policies and useful documents

What to do if you think your young person has SEND

Useful links for parents

How will Laurus Ryecroft know when a student needs extra help?

Glossary of terms