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Additional support for learning needs

We are a non-selective school and are proud to offer additional learning support through our team of highly experienced staff. We provide an extensive range of help, assistance and advice for those families with children who have mild to moderate learning needs as we believe that all students within ISB are entitled to receive a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which provides them with an equal opportunity to develop their full potential.

Through a programme of tailored support, the progress of students is carefully monitored and recorded, with consultation and feedback to parents being a vital and integral part of the learning process. For students with more complex needs, a Learning Support Assistant* may be provided, and in some instances children may require the additional support of outside experts, such as speech therapists or educational psychologists, in which case our team of special educational experts will work closely with professionals in the community.


All applications for children with Special Educational Needs are dealt with individually and parents are closely involved in the admissions process. As part of this process, we keep a careful watch on the ratio of children with additional needs in each class and year group, to ensure a balance across the school. In situations where the Learning Support staff feel that we are currently unable to provide a suitable place for a new child, parents will be contacted about their options and given support in investigating these.

Student Support Department (SSD) –Applicants with mild social/emotional issues, learning difficulties or other special needs are referred to our SSD Coordinator for evaluation. The decision to admit the child will be made by the relevant Principal based on the recommendation of the SSD Coordinator. In case we consider that we, as professionals, cannot meet all the children’s special needs, we assume the right to refer the child to a different school/professionals who are more suitable to meet the child’s needs.


We cannot, however, meet the needs of students with:


·         Severe learning difficulties (SLD), significant intellectual or cognitive impairments, communication, perception or co-ordination difficulties;


·         Profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD)- physical disabilities or sensory impairments.

*There are additional costs connected with the provision of a Learning Support Assistant – please contact our Admissions for more details