Learning Support

St Paul's has a thriving and successful Learning Support Department which supports a range of difficulties from specific learning difficulties to moderate learning difficulties, physical difficulties and behaviour.  There are also three specialist provisions, delivered in partnership with the local authority, within the Learning Support Department and mainstream setting: Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment/Deaf Provision and The Communication Department (Autistic Spectrum Disorders).

About Us

All pupils are integrated into the everyday life and teaching of the school but may be withdrawn for specialist intervention depending on need. If you'd like to see who works in the Learning Support Department and have a look at our facilities we've produced a photo booklet. You can see this here.  

To see St Paul's Local SEN Information Report and Milton Keynes Council's Local SEND offer please click on the links on the right.

SEND is on Facebook - you can find them here http://www.facebook.com/mksend 

To find out more about SEND Information, Advice and Support Services (SEND IAS) please click here. To find out about the help and advice that SEND IAS can offer during the coronavirus crisis please click here.


The MK SEND Team have been working closely with schools to identify the provision in place for pupils with an EHCP which has also included a risk assessment. Parents/carers can access this information here.

New Year 7 (joining in September 2020)

If you are joining us in September 2020 we've made this short video to let you have a look around the school and meet some members of staff.

You can also view a booklet about the Learning Support Department here.

There are also some useful videos and information on our Year 6 Transition page. You can see the page on this link.

Learning Support 2021 entry to the school if your child has an EHCP

All applications for a place for children with EHCPs to Secondary School are made through the casework team at the Local Authority. This year your preferences will need to be made by the 30th September 2020. At St. Paul’s we have a Visually Impaired Department, a Hearing Impaired Department and a Communication Department. The allocation of spaces to these departments are made by the Local Authority. It is worth noting that all departments are in the mainstream school and pupils are expected to attend lessons as part of the mainstream school. We do not offer academic lessons in our bases. The departments support pupils to access the mainstream classroom by offering interventions as part of the timetable. These interventions include Braille, Sign Language and vocabulary development, Speech and Language Therapy and individual support according to need. Pupils will go to the department for these interventions and then return to class. If your child has an ASC diagnosis it does not automatically give them a place in the Communication Department. This is decided by the Local Authority. Please read our SEND Report for a full picture of what we offer.

In September we will be unable to offer physical tours of the school owing to restrictions around the pandemic. Above is a video of the ‘Learning Support Department’ and you can also see a video of a tour of the school on this page. These were produced for pupils moving up to the school this year and were produced by staff in difficult circumstances. We are in the process of making a slicker version with a professional company but this will not be available in time for your application. I hope they provide some insight for what we offer.

We will also provide an opportunity for groups of parents to join a Microsoft Teams meeting in small groups so that you are able to ask us questions. If you wish to do participate please let joanne.miller@st-pauls.org.uk know by September 9th 2020. Please indicate the primary need of your child in the e-mail so that we can match you to the correct member of staff.

Once your application is with the Local Authority they will begin the process of consulting with us to determine if we can meet your child’s need. We take this very seriously and carry this out meticulously to ensure we can meet need and that your child can be successful at St. Paul’s.

Ruth Holmwood - Senior Assistant Head with responsibility for Learning Support

Frequently Asked Questions

We've produced a series of FAQs about the Learning Support Department. Please click on the links below:

Learning Support FAQs

Learning Support Comms FAQs

Learning Support HI FAQs

Learning Support VI FAQs







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