Pre-Prep (2-7 years)

Gifted Pupils and Learning Support

At Pennthorpe, it is our policy to appreciate the individuality of all the children who come into our care, and to support and nurture their physical, intellectual, emotional and social development, irrespective of their starting points. Recognising a child can be both challenged and gifted in different areas, we have brought our Special Educational Needs and Gifted and Talented provision together to form our Individual Educational Needs programme. By doing so, we are able to provide highly tailored learning journeys for our pupils.   Here is an overview of how the programme operates within the Lower School:

Challenging the Able, Gifted and Talented:

All pupils in the Pre-Prep are carefully monitored and their progress is tracked daily by teaching staff and this information is shared with the wider staff team. This enables all staff to plan work which sufficiently challenges and extends the children within and beyond the classroom through planned activities, careful questioning and coaching. Our aim at Pennthorpe is to ensure that the need of each individual child is met. Therefore, all work is differentiated accordingly to meet the needs of all our pupils.

Pupils in Year 1 and 2 who show potential in a subject are identified and offered an enrichment scheme. These children will be invited to attend termly Enrichment Workshops led by Heads of Department or subject specialists. We encourage staff to vary the focus of these Workshops termly, in order to play to the strengths of different groups of pupils. For example, in the Autumn term the English focus could be Creative Writing, but in the Spring, Speaking and Listening. We also run extensive after school clubs which are open to all children and further enrich the learning of our Able pupils.

Learning Support:

Pennthorpe is a non-selective school and as such we have some children who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). These pupils may require additional support in one or more area of school life. In order to provide this additional support, we have a Learning Support department with a number of Learning Support teachers and Learning Support Assistants, managed by our Individual Needs Coordinator (INCo), Mrs. Daley

We aim to discuss any concerns we have regarding a child’s progress with the parents at an early stage and agree targets and actions to take in order to support the child. We very much value parental support and involvement, as a joined-up approach between school and home regularly yields the greatest progress.

Once a child has been identified as needing some additional support, our INCo works with the school staff and parents to decide which level of support is required. At Pennthorpe, our support is graduated to ensure that the right level of intervention is delivered for each individual child. Each stage of provision is monitored and reviewed at least termly by the INCo and class teachers. Pupils receiving 1:1 lessons have a formal review each term, which parents are encouraged to attend.


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