“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt.
The individual care, development and welfare of our pupils is at the heart of what we do at Vinehall, enabling children to become confident and independent learners able to reach their full potential.
If a pupil’s progress gives us cause for concern, we will discuss this with staff and the pupil’s parents to agree further support and implement specific personalised learning programmes. This may involve differentiation within class, specialist individual lessons, or small group support, in response to the identified needs of the child. We run our own initial assessments, to inform our teaching.
The Learning Support team at Vinehall is a collaborative partnership and has expertise across the age range as well as in supporting differing needs. We support and teach children who have mild to moderate dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, social and emotional needs, and low self-esteem. We have well-resourced and dedicated learning spaces, including a sensory/therapy room, and we are actively involved in sharing ideas and resources with other schools and charitable organisations within our community.
Across the Pre-Prep and Prep School, the Learning Support team has strong links with external professionals, including a Speech and Language Therapist and a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, who offer advice for staff as well as individual assessments and sessions for pupils. We can put parents in touch with Educational Psychologists and Occupational Therapists, if a more formal assessment is required. Much emphasis is placed on the child’s mental and physical health and well-being. The Pals programme in the Pre-Prep leads into the Dispositions in the Prep school, helping children understand the importance of growing and developing their skills as rounded and resilient individuals.