Learning Skills

It is school policy to seek to identify and provide for the special educational needs (SEN) of individual children. Pinewood offers a high standard of Learning Skills provision as part of its teaching expertise and resources.

With 5 specialist teachers, the Learning Skills department is able to provide a wealth of experience and current, professional knowledge. We work closely with class teachers, parents and outside professionals, always with the aim of developing confidence, and encouraging and enabling each child to fulfil his or her potential through appropriate teaching and support.

We advocate a graduated approach, aiming to remove barriers to learning, which ranges from working with class teachers to ensure thoughtful differentiation, appropriate in-class support and small group work, through focused reading, spelling or handwriting groups, targeted booster group support, structured programmes of therapy or more specialised 1:1 teaching (a charged extra), to provision of a school laptop to facilitate writing or organisational skills. But in each case, the provision is tailored to the needs of the individual, and reviewed on a regular basis.

We aim to identify SEN and additional needs at the earliest possible opportunity, to strengthen vulnerable areas and develop skills that can be used to access the curriculum independently, all the way through to Common Entrance in Year 8 and entry to senior school.

Recent senior school choices for children with SEN and additional needs have included: Bradfield College, Bruern Abbey, Cheltenham College, Cokethorpe, Dean Close, Marlborough College, Millfield, Milton Abbey, Monkton Combe, Our Lady’s Abingdon, Pangbourne, Rendcomb, Royal High School Bath, St Edward’s Oxford, Sherborne and Winchester College.

For further information, please contact Emma Price, Head of Learning Skills and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo). You may telephone, make an appointment or email Emma at:


“My three words associated with Pinewood are: Aspiration (for what it gave me to achieve where I am today), Community (for how involved and supported I felt and continue to feel as an Old Pinewoodian) and finally Belief (for getting past my learning issues at Pinewood, using methods learnt then that still help me to this day).”  (Old-Pinewoodian, and ex-Learning Skills pupil, Ed W)

SEND Policy

SENDA Policy

Pinewood SEN Information Report


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