At the discretion of the College’s experienced, highly qualified Study Skills and Support Department the appropriate mode of support will be assigned to each individual by considering all of the relevant information – presented both on entry and that which presents through a pupil’s time at the College.

The Support and Study Skills Department comprises a team of specialist staff qualified in teaching pupils with specific learning profiles. Information on a pupil’s needs in advance of entry will ensure that recommendations are taken into account from the beginning of the academic year. For this reason liaison with schools prior to entry is essential and parents should send a copy of any educational assessment (Educational Psychologist’s Report or Specialist Teachers Report or Medical) to the Department before the pupil arrives.

Bradfield College has a screening process in place which is ongoing. Any anomalies apparent during this process will be investigated and addressed further by the Support and Study Skills Department. Close liaison between the Department, House staff and subject departments ensures confidential communication on a pupil’s progress. The information on a pupil’s known specific need is made available in summary form to all teaching staff, documenting a learning profile and implications for teaching and learning.

Pupils may be offered individual support lessons. The Learning Support Provision at Bradfield College is one individual lesson per week beginning in Year 10. Individual lessons are planned around a pupil’s timetable; every effort is made to ensure that commitments to particular activities, such as sports or musical ensembles, do not clash with SSSD lessons. These pupils are involved in the process of setting targets with their SSSD teachers at the outset of the provision as part of an Individual Teaching Plan (ITP). All pupils are expected to participate in the full curriculum at Bradfield College. The allocation of SSSD tutors is determined by the department using principles of timetabling in line with those used in other curricular areas. SSSD Tutors attend Parents’ Evening and provide written feedback on pupils’ progress.

Where arrangements may be appropriate for public examinations, the Department facilitates an Educational Psychologist’s assessment. To be eligible for such arrangements, the report of a chartered Educational Psychologist which has an established relationship with the College must make the recommendations after entry into Year 9 secondary education as defined by the State. However, the specific regulations set by the JCQ are subject to change every year. Applications to the examination boards are made by the Head of SSSD.

Subject/House staff and tutors are in regular contact with SSSD to discuss the progress of a pupil. The Department works with pupils to maximize their full academic potential recognising their particular needs for learning and welcomes communication with parents.

Bradfield College would like to stress that any agreement to exam arrangements for Common Entrance (CE) does not guarantee the pupil will be eligible for public exam access arrangements. Testing accommodations agreed by Bradfield College for CE are required by JCQ to be reviewed at the secondary level. The review must take place with an Educational Psychologist that Bradfield College has an established relationship with and which Bradfield College will arrange.