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Thirsk School

& Sixth Form College

    Introduction to Learning Support

    Hello and welcome to Learning Support at Thirsk School and 6th Form College. 

    Our core values are those of inclusion and equality.  We go the extra mile to ensure that every young person in our school has the pastoral care, support and guidance they need, when they need it, to maximise their potential and remove barriers to learning.   We are a team with a long and proud history of supporting pupils with additional needs. 

    We hold the North Yorkshire Inclusion Quality Mark and the Dyslexia Quality Mark and we are judged to be a leading school for inclusion. 

    At any time, one in five young people will have additional support needs for a variety of reasons.  These can arise from long standing learning difficulties, sensory impairment, medical needs, emotional and mental health needs to sudden changes in family circumstances.  Whatever the need, we have a team well trained and equipped to intervene and make a difference because we care very much about the holistic development of the young person. We care as much about social and emotional development as we do about academic progress.  The needs of the majority of students are best met through high quality teaching and learning in the classroom. In our school, this may be supported by a General Teaching Assistant (GTA) in the classroom who works with the class teacher to ensure progress for all.  For a very small number of pupils, provision may need to be made at a higher level and may require 1:1 support from a GTA or ATA (Advanced Teaching Assistant) in class or in one of our dedicated support units.