Although the school is not academically selective, we must ensure that we meet the educational needs of our pupils. We are therefore unlikely to accept children with a significant degree of educational needs, given the rigorous demands of the school curriculum, which is followed to prepare our pupils for Common Entrance examinations in Year 8.
Children with specific learning difficulties, such as mild-moderate dyslexia and dyspraxia may be offered places. Along with those pupils diagnosed with these difficulties after admission to the school, we will endeavour to meet their learning, social and emotional needs, so long as it is felt by our staff that Lancing Prep Hove is the best place for them to be receiving their education.
Prior to admission, every child will spend a ‘taster’ day within their prospective year group. This enables an informal assessment of ability by class and subject teachers. In addition, children may be asked to complete short numeracy, literacy and verbal reasoning tests to identify any concerns over their admission or whether they would benefit from additional learning support. In such cases, parents would be invited to discuss the situation with the school.
Individual or small group lessons may be arranged by the SENCO for those children deemed in need of additional support.
Teaching children with special educational needs is regarded as a whole school responsibility, from the Governing Body, the Head Mistress and SENCO to all members of teaching and support staff. We offer high quality teaching, differentiated as far as possible to meet individual needs, linked to a cycle of continuous assessment and planning, which takes into account the range of abilities, aptitudes, interests and needs of our pupils. These arrangements ensure that a majority of children make satisfactory progress and the school works closely with parents throughout their child’s time at the school.
To find out more, please click SEN and Learning Support policy