The school nurtures partnerships at both academic and pastoral levels, ensuring that students’ needs are met. The good levels of care, guidance and support are based firmly on the school’s basic principle that ‘Everyone is a unique creation of God’. Systems to collate and act upon pastoral information ensure swift and effective intervention and support whenever identified.

The school provides a wide variety of bespoke programmes and activities that support students throughout their school life. Our planned support and interventions nurture academic and personal development so that students with additional needs at The Barlow RC High School benefit from high levels of pastoral care and make excellent progress. 

Special Educational Needs 

The school provides additional, individualised support to students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and those who have been identified as experiencing barriers to learning. This is achieved through a variety of intervention programmes, in class support and access to Quality First Teaching in the classroom. The Learning Support Department work with all members of staff as well as a range of external agencies to enable all identified students to achieve their full academic and personal potential. We work closely with parents and carers to develop tailored support packages for those students who require them. The Learning Support Department encourages parents and carers to play an active role in their child’s education and to contact the school SENDCo if they wish to discuss their child’s learning needs.

The Learning Support Department makes a significant contribution towards The Barlow RC High School being a fully inclusive school. We operate a system of in-class support and targeted intervention, which enables all students to access the curriculum with success.

Types of Support available:

Hive 1 and Hive 2 interventions including:

  • Lego Therapy
  • Talkabout Teens
  • Fine motor skills development work
  • 1-1 and small group literacy and numeracy work
  • Social Group
  • Lunchtime support
  • Lunchtime homework club
  • The PE VIP Club
  • Mentoring and keyworker support
  • The ‘Preparation for Adulthood’ ASDAN Programme and a range of entry level courses
  • Access to our sensory room and sensory resources
  • Speech and Language Interventions
  • The Rainbows programme (bereavement support)

Hive 3 interventions, including:

  • Completion of Boxall profiling
  • Access to a bespoke SEMH curriculum via 1-1 and small group work
  • Access to emotional regulation strategies
  • Mentoring and keyworker support