What we do
Gryffe High School aims to meet the needs of all our pupils and build on their individual strengths as they progress throughout the school, making them confident individuals, successful learners, effective contributors and responsible citizens.
A variety of learning situations are made available to pupils, especially those with Additional Support Needs (which at any one time, in a mainstream school such as Gryffe, can be 1:5 pupils, according to the Warnock Report (1978)). These pupils are also monitored closely through reviews and future needs assessments.
The Department works closely with our associated primary schools, Houston Primary School and Bridge of Weir Primary School, in order to gather information and ensure continuity of progression for all pupils. Meetings are held with parents and pupils on a regular basis and parents are informed at all stages of testing. There is also an extended support team including Peripatetic Specialists, Psychological Services, Home Link, Social Work, Network Support, Guidance, Senior Management and Behaviour Support.
Miss Fiona Brown, Principal Teacher of Support for Learning, co-ordinates the support given to pupils who have additional support needs. The Department also consists of one part-time Support for Learning Teacher, an English as an Additional Language Teacher and one Sensory Impairment Teachers, as well as nine Additional Support Needs Assistants/Classroom Assistants.
What are 'Additional Support Needs'?
‘Additional Support Needs’ include:
- Long term absence
- Problems at Home
- Learning Difficulties (For example: sensory Impairment, physical disabilities, general learning difficulties, specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia, etc.)
- Shorter term (this might include short term illness or a short term injury)
- Able Pupils
- Looked after/Looked after and accommodated children
Prior to SQA examinations, the Support for Learning Department offers, where necessary, special examination arrangements for pupils with long or short term Additional Support Needs. This ensures that all pupils meet their full potential. We are hoping to move towards using ICT to support in exams.
Process of Intervention
Gryffe High School have in place a Stepped Intervention Process, whereby information is passed on from the pupil, class teachers, home or primary school to the Principal Teacher of a department and then to the Support for Learning Department. Immediate, relevant support can then be put in place or information passed to the Extended Support Team which includes Guidance, Depute Heads, Homelink and Educational Psychology.
Types of support we offer
- Co-op teaching
- ASNA or Classroom Assistant support in class
- Shared access to Netbooks/ICT
- Peer support
- Specialised support
- Individualised Education Plans
- Adapted materials
- Alternative assessment arrangements
- Lunchtime Club
- Exam concessions
- College Links