Supporting learning

Able, Gifted and Talented students

Early identification of able, gifted and talented students enables us to cater to their specific needs by providing challenging and varied ways of learning. A dedicated Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator works closely with Heads of Department to provide a programme of study which includes master classes and extra-curricular activities

Key Stage 3

Students with SEND are supported in a variety of ways depending on their individual needs. Examples include:

  • Literacy support – this is offered as a discrete provision in small groups, delivered by trained staff.
  • In-class support is offered to those students who would benefit from extra help in lessons, however, we do encourage students to be independent learners and not to become over-reliant on Learning Support Assistants (LSAs)
  • Curriculum Support Assistants are available in English, and Science.
  • Support during Y9 in making option choices.

Key Stage 4

Students with SEND continue to receive support as necessary in KS4. Additionally:

  • Students with learning needs are assessed at the end of KS3 for exam concessions and supported in exams accordingly.
  • A provision called Foundation Learning is available to some students with SEND in KS4. Some Chipping Norton students have the option to attend a college course one day a week.
  • During KS4, students with SEND are supported in making appropriate choices for further training or college courses when they leave school.