Learning Support


Learning Support Programme

At the Royal High School, we value all girls individually, and special educational needs is an integral part of our mainstream school ethos.

The Learning Support Department supports girls from all age ranges across the school. The continuity of support offered to our girls throughout their time with us enables us to know them as individuals and develop a full understanding of their difficulties and potential.

Where possible, we try to meet every girl’s needs within the classroom by ensuring that our planning, teaching and inclusive ‘Quality First Teaching’ approaches meet the needs of the majority of our students so they make the best progress in school. For some girls, this level of support is exactly what they need. For others, they may be better supported by coming to the Learning Support Department in small groups or for additional one-to-one lessons.

We want to create a partnership between parents, teaching and support staff, outside professionals and the individual to ensure success.

Many students come for Learning Support each year throughout the school, so there is not usually any stigma attached to it but the support given is also discreet. We may see students for a short burst of intervention such as a short course of study skills. They may make good progress and not return for support. Other students may return as part of a small group or for individual sessions. 

The Department is headed up by Mrs Siobhan Smilie, the Learning Support Coordinator. Please see our school report here.  If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing s.smillie@rhsb.gdst.net