Learning Support

IMG_6692The Roche School is an inclusive school where all children who are able to learn in a mainstream setting are welcome. In core subjects, each year group is split into smaller learning groups to ensure that children may proceed at an appropriate pace.  We aim to teach children according to their unique learning styles, rather than expecting them to adapt to one prescribed teaching method and work is differentiated in order to help each child succeed and fulfil their potential.

Progress is carefully tracked and if any child is highlighted as struggling or falling behind they are assessed within school and appropriate strategies and interventions are implemented.  All children with special educational needs make good progress in this flexible, creative environment where the staff are committed to supporting each child.

If a child has an external assessment from an Educational Psychologist, Speech Therapist or Occupational Therapist, relevant staff meet with the parents to discuss the findings and recommendations laid out in the report, and again, appropriate strategies and/or interventions are put in place.  In most cases, targets are set on an Individual Education Plan so the child’s progress can be effectively monitored and measured. The staff, parents and child have access to this working document and the targets are reviewed at the end of term.

Some children benefit from a block of individual 1:1 specialist teaching for Maths and/or Literacy.  This can be offered in school, typically twice a week for two ½ hour sessions, occasionally more.  There is a lunchtime Toy Club for those who might need support in the playground with social interactions. For those who would benefit from Speech and Language, a private therapist comes into school once a week to see children within the school day.  We also work closely with external Occupational Therapists.

Our aim is to help ALL children thrive and have an enriching, positive time during their primary school years.  We strive to teach to their strengths, praise their successes and ensure that they leave The Roche as confident learners.

For more details, do read our Learning Support Policy which is posted on the Roche School website ( see About Us/School Policies).


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Run For Us - Friday 13th May

I am pleased to inform you that The Roche School will be holding its annual Cross Country event on Friday 13 th May 2016 in Wandsworth Park. The arrangement this year, however, will be a little different since I would like to try out a format which has worked well for me in previous years. What is a 6 hour Run for Us event? The event will start at 9am and will run until 3pm. The rules are simple: every class will have at least one member from their class (or a representative such as a parent) on the track at all times of the day. The children will be scheduled for 30-minute slots where they can run, walk or skip around the course aiming to complete as many laps as they possible. Classes will also have the chance to come and run as a whole class during the day. The main aim of this event, as in previous years, is for the children to raise as much money through sponsorship as possible. All the money raised will go towards our school charity, Doctors Without Borders UK or to Vulindlela Guardians - the chosen charity of St Mary’s Church in Putney. Sponsorship: A sponsorship form is on the rear of this letter. Once sponsorship money is collected please return it to your class teacher. Sports prefects will also be collecting for the charity on the day. There are two ways of getting sponsorship! The first is an amount per lap that your child completes, EG £1.00 per lap. Every child will have a run card attached to them during the day. Every time they come through the starting line, their run card will be stamped by an adult. This will be the evidence to show those who sponsor per lap as the children will not be able to collect the money from these sponsors until after the day. The second way is a set amount for the whole day/taking part, EG £30.00 total. Parents are more than welcome to come and join in and run a lap or two in support of the children. A copy of your child’s class run roster will be sent home so you know what time they will be running. On the day itself, the children may come to school in sporting kit. This could be the school sports kit but we will allow other team kits (Chelsea football kit/rugby tops/ weekend sport kit, karate kit etc... anything to do with sports). Please remember that they still need to be able to run the course so trainers are essential. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. Kind regards Mr Pete Clark Deputy Head of Sport p.clark@therocheschool.com

Finishing Times - 23rd March 2016

Please see Parents Page for details of finishing times.

Parent Survey - Please respond

In order to receive parent views on the school, we have produced an online survey. We would be grateful if as many parents as possible could complete it. Further details will come home with your child. The information will be analysed by the senior management team and will inform the school development plan. Thank you for your time on this. Kind regards Jonny Gilbert Deputy Head Teacher The Roche School