Our Senco is Mrs Caird. She fields a team of highly experienced teachers and teaching assistants who support individual pupils and small groups. In addition, each Faculty has its own dedicated teaching assistants providing subject knowledge and support across the curriculum.
The Dyslexia Unit at the North School is the only designated unit for the Ashford area. Externally funded for 15 students, the Unit also plays an active role in the assessment and tuition of other students at the North School who have specific difficulties.
Intervention is focused on developing the talents that dyslexic students undoubtedly possess, whilst providing support in areas of difficulty. Literacy problems are addressed in the security of the Unit where the student is able to confidently develop reading, writing and spelling skills without undue anxiety. Scientific, mathematical and practical skills are developed in the classroom with support as required. Individual achievement particularly in Sport, Art and ICT are celebrated in the Unit.
This method continues to be used because it succeeds! Our most successful student entered the Unit in Year 7 with a reading age of 6 years and left in Year 11 with 13 GCSE/GNVQ passes at C grade (including Maths and English).
Dyslexic students are fully included in the life of the school. They regularly feature as Prefects and two years ago, a member of the Unit became Head Girl. They go on to take up a variety of interesting careers - from Gamekeeper to dental technician.
The North School's expertise in providing for dyslexia has been recognised by the LEA so that it is proposed we become the Lead School for dyslexia in the cluster.
Mrs J Teal (Teacher-in-Charge of Unit)