Accelerating Learning

At some point in their education, every child needs a hand to hold. At St James’, our approach to accelerating learning is supportive, inclusive and non-intrusive.

Led by our SENCO, Accelerating Learning at St. James’ takes a variety of forms. Some children are best supported by a dedicated 1-to-1 Teaching Assistant, others by their class teacher through adapted resources and tasks.

Our staff are experienced in strategies and approaches to support learners with dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, ADHD, sensory and information processing, and where, English is not their first language.

Support for every child is bespoke and evolves throughout their time at St. James’.


We believe in early identification of need.

We believe that early intervention is the key to supporting a child in the early stages of their education.

We believe that parents understand and know their child best. We will work closely with you, ensuring that each child has the support and continuity at school and at home.

We believe in asking for help if we need advice. We work closely with other professionals and agencies to ensure each child received the support they may need. These may include Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, and Paediatricians.


We believe a clearer picture of each child’s abilities forms as they mature and move towards a more structured environment.

We believe that teamworking and close monitoring are essential to identify strengths and weaknesses.

We believe that parents are at the centre of the process. If we feel it is beneficial for the child, we will advise parents on any further assessments which may be needed. This may include screening for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or any number of conditions.

We believe in working alongside professionals to ensure every child gets the best support possible.

We believe that every child has a right to learn, some just need a hand to hold.


Pupils transitioning to the Senior Department of St. James’ will ordinarily have clear and effective supporting strategies established, but for those newly arrived, our small size, excellent relationships and knowledge of every child helps to quickly identify any areas of additional need.  

Typically support in the Senior department is by way of pull-out sessions and effective mentoring, although support for every child is bespoke and evolves throughout their time at St. James’.

With GCSEs and A-Levels on the horizon, we are able through our accredited staff, to internally assess pupils and agree with the exam boards examination access arrangements. In other schools this can be an expensive, external process.

For St. James’ pupils who’s first language is not English, we have a dedicated ESOL department who screen new arrivals and devise an appropriate bespoke pathway, balancing pull-out sessions with full curriculum immersion.