Learning Support and Gifted Pupils - building confidence
Academic confidence is built on getting the best possible performance out of each child - so that they know they are doing as well as they can. Clearly, end-of-school yardsticks, such as the successful gaining of entry and scholarships to senior schools are important, but to ensure such success and progress we employ a number of strategies:
- A pupil to teacher ratio averaging less than 10 to 1 ensures that the children are closely monitored, and that individual help can be provided easily in class.
- As the children move up the school, we make increasing use of ability setting (by subject) and streaming (across all subjects) to ensure teaching style and pace are right for each child.
- We have lots of subjects on offer – it is often the case that success in one area (such as games) will breed success in another (such as maths). It is all part of producing the well-rounded individual.
- We have an outstanding Learning Support department to help pupils with specific learning difficulties such as mild dyslexia or dyspraxia. The department is run by a highly experienced resident Learning Support expert. We create Individual Education Plans (IEPs) where necessary, which guide teachers, parents and the children themselves to focus effectively on those areas which need the most attention.
- If a child is affected by a severe learning difficulty of this kind (for example, those who require in-class adult support or more than a couple of withdrawal sessions per week) it may be that Ripley Court is not the most appropriate school. It is imperative that parents have this discussion with the Headmistress early.
- We also monitor those pupils we feel are gifted academically, in sport, music or art. They will enjoy a program rich in challenges, and will often be prepared for scholarship examinations or exhibitions to senior schools.
- Finally, our teachers, although having the highest requirement for behaviour and participation, enjoy their jobs and make the lessons interesting and enjoyable. Our children enjoy coming to school, and enjoy learning.
“My child was shy and has now blossomed and is very self-confident all thanks to the school” - Parent of a former pupil.