Meeting Individual Needs
The Angmering School is justifiably proud of its reputation in successfully meeting the needs and aspirations of a very broad range of students. The work of The Learning Support Department, located within The Lavinia Norfolk Centre, is rightfully recognised as being in the forefront of inclusive practice, county wide and far beyond.
Parents and students considering applying for a placement at our Sixth Form College are warmly invited to come and see us at work. Tours can be arranged at a time that suits you, conducted by the students themselves, who are our best advocates. You will then be able to meet with our specialist staff, including the SENCO and Head of Learning Support, Mr Mark Andrews. We also have Lead Teachers for Physical Disability, Sensory (HI/VI), ASC and students with Social and Communication Difficulties, and students with a range of learning difficulties.
Our impressive facilities include
- a fully functioning Fitness Gym and Physio Suite staffed almost full-time by a Physiotherapist Assistant and a part time Physiotherapist.
- a newly refurbished Hydrotherapy Pool.
- an Audiology Team with specialist staff and equipment.
- a Visually Impaired Team managing the needs of visually impaired students.
- a specialist team managing the needs of students with Social and Communication Difficulties.
- a specialist team managing the needs of students with specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia, (though we are not a specialist facility for this area).
- LSAs trained and experienced at working with a wide variety of students and their disabilities including those with severe physical disabilities requiring management of their care needs.
- a Medical Room, with a full-time nurse experienced in managing the complex needs of this large school.
The school is barrier free with electronic doors situated at key locations on the site. The Sixth Form building has a lift to the college coffee bar/common room area, teaching rooms and admin area. Students coming to the college are assessed on their levels of support required and in discussion with them, primarily, a timetable that meets their requirements is individually prepared. This can be modified once the term begins, in the light of the students’ experience in the first few weeks. All students attend an Induction Day in July and are expected to play a full part in all aspects of the school including:
- participation in tutor time with their peers
- participation in extracurricular activities and voluntary work
- participation in sporting activities. The school competes at national level in a variety of sports including Boccia, Table Cricket (We were in the final in 2012 but actually finished 3rd in the country in the 2013 comp.) and national sporting occasions such as the Stoke Mandeville Games. One student is in the GB Team for wheelchair table tennis and competed in Dubai, last year, another is in the GB Wheelchair Fencing Squad. We currently have the World Champion at Under 21 in Wheelchair Discus. We also currently have six students in the England Talent Pathway for Boccia.
First and foremost, our main focus is to ensure all students achieve their academic potential, and that they receive appropriate support to enable this to happen whilst working towards maximising their fullest level of independence. This is in preparation for their next stage in life whether it be university, college or employment, ready to take their place in the wider community. This is in effect our mission statement and it is the role of the Learning Support Department to ensure that this transition is successful for all our students.