Learning Support

Meet the Team


Learning Support

At St Antony’s Catholic College we adhere to three main principles to ensure that all students can access a broad and balanced curriculum and have an equal opportunity to receive an education that is appropriate to their individual needs by:

Setting suitable learning challenges  

We work to give every pupil the opportunity to experience success in learning and to achieve as high a standard as possible by appropriate intervention and support.

Responding to pupils diverse learning needs 

We take into account the different backgrounds, experiences, interests and strengths which influence the way in which pupils learn when we plan our lessons.

Overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment

We recognise that a minority of pupils will have particular learning and assessment requirements and do our best to address them by relevant support during lesson time and examination time (if appropriate).

How do we do this?

Where appropriate, our team of Learning Support Assistants (LSA)  will work with students either in the classroom environment, in small groups or on a one to one basis. This support can take the form of :

  • Literacy/Numeracy  intervention for those in years 7 – 11 who have particular difficulties with literacy and/or numeracy.
  • In conjunction with the SENDCO, our LSAs work with students  to improve reading, writing, spelling and de-coding skills to help students achieve across the curriculum.
  • We also offer a SEAL programme for those who need support with handling emotions, communication, self-esteem and social skills.
  • Through literacy/numeracy screening and the STAR reading test assessment we assess all students to ensure that those who need support with their learning are identified immediately.
  • After audit more specialised individual testing may be carried out.
  • We track, assess and monitor progress in all areas  throughout their time at school and work with the teaching staff to ensure that any problems/difficulties are identified and addressed as soon as possible.
  • We work closely with Educational Psychologist, SENAS ( SEN Advisory Service), Speech and Language, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) or the Behavioural Support Team in order to ensure that we can offer the correct support as quickly as possible.
  • Pupils with a ‘Statement of Special Educational Need’ are provided for according to the needs of their individual statement, where we focus on enabling individuals to access the mainstream curriculum. However, some pupils do benefit from particular strategies such as:
  • Small teaching groups for English and Mathematics.
  • College placements
  • Small group / individual reading sessions
  • Small group / individual spelling sessions
  • Individual study support
  • Support from LSAs in lesson
  • Specific language programmes

We also offer the following clubs for students to participate in:

  • The Socialites group for Year 7
  • The Butterfly group for Year 8
  • The Foundation Literacy Group for Year 7 and 8
  • The Crazy Confidence Club at lunchtimes
  • The Craft Club
  • Social stories
  • Comic Strip Conversations

Please click on the following link to view the SEND Information Report:

St. Antony’s Catholic College SEND School Information Report 2018 -2019

Please click on the following link to view the Trafford SEND Local Offer:


Ms L. Weinberg, SENDCo can be contacted on the following email address: l.weinberg@st-antonys.com