At St Olave’s we understand that having a difficulty with some areas of learning does not exclude a child from achieving.
The academic tradition is one that St Olave’s, within the St Peter’s School family, is justly proud of, but the school does not focus solely on exam results. Children are encouraged to shine in a variety of ways, on the sports fields, through creative arts, and in service to the school and community.
As we wish to ensure that a child is able to benefit from the options on offer, help is at hand if there is difficulty in accessing the curriculum. In addition to the benefit of having an excellent pupil/teacher ratio in the main teaching group, the school, through the Learning Support Department, can provide small group or individual support. The department is housed in two specialist rooms supplied with current materials and ICT equipment. Department staff are qualified and experienced teachers of children with Special Educational Needs or those for whom English is not their first language. Plans for progress are prepared together with the class or subject teacher to ensure a cohesive strategy. Supportive parents are vital for progress to both take place and be maintained; the department actively seeks the involvement of parents to assist in this.
Specialist teaching is provided at an additional charge per lesson or pro rata for group lessons. Providing lessons on site removes the need for additional travelling and tuition at the end of a busy school day.
St Olave’s seeks to encourage children to have a lasting, positive attitude to learning, developing their ability to think for themselves and fostering their curiosity to stretch the boundaries of what they know and believe. The Learning Support Department seeks to support the student as they make their way through this process to enable them to show what they can truly achieve.