Enhanced Learning

At Clifton High we aim to realise the individual brilliance of all our boys and girls. We recognise and foster individual talents or gifts and provide support to those who may have additional learning needs.

Our Enhanced Learning Department provides one to one and small group lessons and is set up to:

  • Provide support for those pupils with additional learning needs such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia.

  • Co-ordinate activities and seek out opportunities for those pupils identified with a particular gift, talent or interest. A rich variety of activities are made available for those pupils whose interests and ability lead them beyond the curriculum.

  • Provide additional teaching for those pupils for whom English is not their principal language. The Enhanced Learning Department is led by the Head of Enhanced Learning and has three specialist teachers, a co-ordinator for English as an Additional Language teaching and learning and an English as an Additional Language Tutor.

The Enhanced Learning Department is led by the Head of Enhanced Learning and has three specialist teachers and a co-ordinator for English as an Additional Language teaching and learning.

To find out more about the different areas of the Enhanced Learning Department below.

Additional Learning Needs 

The Head of Enhanced Learning works with class and subject teachers across the school to ensure that those pupils identified as having additional learning needs are supported. Through ongoing evaluation of classwork or the results from assessment we can ensure that all our pupils are progressing in line with their abilities and that their rate of progress is as we would expect. Should it be decided that additional levels of support are required an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) can be put in place promptly and reviewed regularly. Similarly, an IEP may be put in place as a result of an educational psychologist’s report.  

We work closely with every individual pupil in Clifton High School, their teachers and parents to ensure we are giving the right level of support for our children to achieve their very best. As well as providing support through one to one or small group work we also work with boys and girls to understand their specific needs and help them put strategies in place to get the most of their learning both at school and at home.  The Enhanced Learning Department runs additional reading, spelling, study skills and numeracy programmes which enable extra practice in the key skills. In Year 9 the Head of Enhanced Learning can assesses pupils to ascertain whether they require any special arrangements for public examinations.

Gifted and Talented

At Clifton High there are girls and boys of outstanding academic ability and those whose talents lie in the creative or sporting fields. It is our aim to provide a stimulating and satisfying education for each of these pupils and to make available resources for developing and encouraging their particular abilities. 

The Gifted and Talented programme offers pupils access to a rich variety of opportunities which lead them beyond the curriculum. The Enhanced Learning Department oversees and co-ordinates the programme ensuring that the appropriate pupils are invited to join.

Nursery Pre-School to Year 6

  • A rich and varied curriculum is provided in the classroom with plenty of opportunities for extension activities
  • Trips, speakers and workshops
  • Access to enrichment courses at Kilve Court

Year 7 to Year 13

The Scholars’ Forum

Meeting every half term, the Scholars’ Forum - organised by our senior academic scholars - aims to provide all pupils with an insight into the working world. Invited speakers from the wider community share information with pupils about possible careers and opportunities that may be available after university.

The Podium

A programme of events in particular for our talented sportsmen and women who play at county standard or above. These pupils receive a sports badge to recognise their achievements and meet as a group several times throughout the year to share ideas and experiences on topics such as 'dealing with anxiety in sport'. We also have guest speakers who come to talk about their experiences and inspire the group.

Additional Opportunities

Pupils are also provided with a wide range of opportunities by Senior School departments in specific subjects. These often include:

  • Extra-curricular clubs giving pupils the opportunity to experience the subject beyond the normal curriculum
  • Entry into local and national competitions, individually and as part of a team
  • Trips within the UK and abroad, such as sports tours or language exchanges
  • Day visits, such as to a theatre or museum
  • Extension work and activities within lessons
  • Inviting outside visitors to inspire and act as mentors

Sixth Form 

The advanced level curriculum allows for able, gifted and talented students to be challenged and extended. Even more opportunities are provided by subject departments at this level which often include developing leadership skills within the Sixth Form and throughout the school.

Kilve Court

We also recommend the excellent enrichment courses run by Kilve Court. More information is available on their website: http://www.kilvecourt.org/

English as an Additional Language 

There are a number of pupils in Clifton High School for whom English is not their first language. We value this linguistic diversity and encourage opportunities for children to use and talk about their home language in play and learning.

Pupils who join Clifton High needing help with their English language skills are supported by the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department. During an initial two week induction period pupils benefit from daily individual or small group lessons with a specialist EAL teacher. After the induction, the EAL coordinator will continue to support the pupil and assess whether they would benefit from in-class support or individual lessons in order to develop their English language skills.

The content of the EAL lessons depends on the needs of the pupil but typically will include a good balance of speaking, writing, listening and reading skills practice, linked with the content of the curriculum once appropriate.