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Religious dimension ever present – a cross formed from coloured glass blocks in sixth form centre contrasts with older stained glass in entrance hall – and never apologetically. Catholicism remains defining part of school life, with RS taken at GCSE...

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Converted to an academy 2012.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking English Language at an English Comprehensive School (Level1/2 certificates)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking English Language at an English Comprehensive School (Level1/2 certificates)

What The Good Schools Guide says

Religious dimension ever present – a cross formed from coloured glass blocks in sixth form centre contrasts with older stained glass in entrance hall – and never apologetically. Catholicism remains defining part of school life, with RS taken at GCSE by all, and compulsory part of sixth form education. School that doesn’t stint on detail - new head girl’s name already on honours board early in autumn term. ‘Treat every individual in holistic way,’ said parent. ‘It’s not just about the academic progress, you get sense that they really do care.’

Headteacher

Since 2001, Tom Gibson BSc Dip Ed MEd NPQH (40s). Could be government poster star for rejuvenating benefits of headship – radiates fulfillment and energy, though also a possible fringe benefit of lifelong interest in sport. While original career plans as pro after studying PE...

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Special Education Needs

Holy Cross is an inclusive school. All students, irrespective of ability, are offered a broad and balanced curriculum. Holy Cross has due regard for the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 0-25 Years; following the statutory guidance for working with and supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Students identified as having special educational needs are given appropriate help and support. This might be adult support in lessons, teaching in small groups, withdrawal to work outside the classroom either individually or in a very small group. This support may be offered for a short time as required or for the whole school career. Where necessary, help is sought from outside agencies for example speech and language therapists and educational psychologists. The Special Needs Co-ordinator, teachers and learning support staff work closely with parents as well as students who need help. The school offers a challenging curriculum to ensure that the needs of gifted and talented students are recognised and met. All students have access to the National Curriculum and are fully integrated into the extra-curricular life of the school. ?

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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