Academic Advancement

All Manor House School teachers are excellent at providing individual additional help within the classroom and differentiating for the needs of girls, but it is recognised that for some, a little more is required.  For these girls we are able to provide one-to-one support from highly qualified specialist teachers.  Academic Advancement is tailored to the needs of the individual, using multi-sensory learning, and aims to develop strategies and methods that can be used by a pupil to underpin independent learning across the curriculum. It aims to develop independent learning skills in all girls and to equip them with the ability to deal with their learning needs in all situations.

The Academic Advancement Department works closely with all staff to help girls to achieve their potential.  It is recognised that a pupil may require some additional help with her learning at any point in her Manor House career. Girls are screened on entry to Year 7 and additional help is offered if it is felt that is appropriate. If a member of staff or a parent is concerned about a girl’s learning during their time at school, they can contact the Head of Academic Advancement to discuss the best way forward. The girl concerned will usually be assessed and, if appropriate, lessons will be arranged and teaching staff kept informed of the girl’s learning profile via their IEP.

The vast majority of girls receiving additional help have one 30 minute session each week. Help is offered according to the need of the individual; some girls may only need short term help to give them the tools they need to move on independently. Others will require longer-term assistance and continue with lessons until such time as their specialist teacher feels that they are able to work effectively across the curriculum without them. However, no girl will receive any additional lessons for longer than a half term without a review which will involve the professional judgement of the department staff in conjunction with the subject teachers.  We aim to offer as much flexibility as possible; for example a girl may discontinue their lessons, but come back for further assistance later on in their school career.  All our girls are offered the opportunity to ‘drop in’ and discuss any learning issues if and when they feel they need to – our aim is to support the individual as far as is possible, but to balance this at all times by fostering independence and self-confidence.

The Academic Advancement Department carries out assessments for access arrangements for public examinations in line with the JCQ regulations. This is generally conducted towards the end of Year 9 and permission is sought from parents before any assessing is carried out.

One-to-one lessons all carry an extra charge.

The costs of Academic Advancement lessons from September 2016 will be as follows:

Individual 30 minute session                                      £30
2 – 3 group session                                                      £10 per girl
4 – 6 group session                                                     £8 per girl