Student Support & SEND

Pastoral Support 

The well being of all our students is paramount to us.

We place great emphasis on developing and maintaining positive relationships between students, staff and parents/carers. This shared commitment will facilitate maximum academic progress, excellent behaviour, respect for learning and involvement in a wide range of challenging, stimulating and worthwhile activities.

All students are placed in mixed ability Form groups under the watchful eye and guidance of their Form tutor.

The Form tutor is the key member of staff for the students in their care and will usually be the first point of contact for parents/carers and other members of staff. At Didsbury High School it is the intention for Form tutors to be assigned to their Form groups for five years. In doing so they become fully aware of the students’ individual needs, personalities, strengths and possible areas for support. Parents/carers will also know that they are speaking to an informed member of staff who has already built up a bond of trust with their child.

Form tutors are ably supported and led by a Head of Year. Our Heads of Year are non-teaching members of staff who are in the fortunate position of devoting 100% of their time to the care and welfare of our students. At Didsbury High School we also have a Head of Pastoral Care and SEND who would be another port of call for any concerns from students or parents/carers.

Trust director of SEND: Emma Warrington 

emma.warrington@laurustrust.co.uk

We believe that every student, regardless of background or circumstance, should be given an equal opportunity to become the best that they can possibly be. We are committed to ensuring that all students have full entitlement and access to rich and diverse learning opportunities, which will open the doors to the future of their choice. 

 

We work closely with students, parents/carers, teachers and outside agencies to:

 

  • Create an environment in which students with SEND can fulfil their potential
  • Enable students with SEND to function as independently as possible within the school environment and the outside world
  • Create a partnership in which the school, home and other agencies work together for the benefit of students with SEND
  • Ensure that the needs of our students are well identified and understood











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