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Access Centre

The Access Centre is an integral part of life at Bredon School. The School, supported by the expertise of the staff in the department, are able to help boys and girls with a wide range of learning difficulties and abilities, specifically dyslexia.

“The atmosphere of support and shared pleasure in achievement is palpable.”

The school believes in the principles of entitlement and inclusion and therefore wants all pupils to engage in a full curriculum. The Access Centre offers a wide variety of provision to pupils. Those with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia are offered small group withdrawal from non-core subjects, for literacy, numeracy, occupational therapy and speech and language. Other pupils are offered in-class support or a combination of both withdrawal and support in-class.

Staff and resources

Our team of 3 SENCOs work closely together to support the individual needs of pupils. There are nine SpLD qualified members of staff who teach within the department. This is further supported by a team of experienced Teaching Assistants who provide quality support within the classroom environment.

All SEN pupils are identified on SEND register at SEN Support or Statement/Education, Health & Care Plans. These pupils have an Individual Pupil Passport which is written in partnership with the pupil and their parents/guardians. A support plan is written for all students receiving additional support with individual targets. Each of the pupils is monitored and progress checked.

As part of the School’s commitment to SEN, all teaching staff are encouraged to undertake at the minimum an accredited Dyslexia course provided by the BDA. Regular training takes place with staff on administration days, as well as at staff and department meetings.

There is a commitment by the School that all pupils are taught in a dyslexia friendly format using a variety of multi-sensory techniques, further supported by assistive technology wherever possible.
Pupils are placed in sets according to their understanding rather than their literacy level.

Every effort is made to provide a bespoke program for all students enabling them to achieve their full potential. In KS4 and KS5 access to GCSEs and A Levels is encouraged while the School also offers a more vocational pathway, including our award winning long term work experience program.

“The school went a long way to creating the person I am today…. I could not speak more highly of the staff and the school’s general ethos.” Past student.

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