Learning Support

Forget school! Learning Support at college is different!

About 15% of Aquinas students get some support from the Learning Support Team.  Many of them never had any support at school. We work with students in a wide range of ways to enable them to achieve their potential:

  • providing important information to subject teachers
  • setting up exam access arrangements (like extra time)
  • lending equipment (like laptops or digital voice recorders)
  • carrying out dyslexia assessments
  • providing one-to-one support (short- or long-term)
  • providing some in-class support
  • improving study strategies for small groups
  • reviews of Education Health and Care Plans
  • providing drop-in sessions every day
  • and so much more!

How to get support

There are various ways you can communicate with us:

  • on your application form
  • at an Open Evening
  • at induction
  • at enrolment
  • at any time while you are a student at Aquinas – just come to one of our daily drop-in sessions

If you have had support at school, please don’t assume information will be passed on automatically; it is up to you to get in contact with us.

Support is always decided on an individual basis.  We will discuss with you any difficulties you may have and agree together the best support for you.

Where is the Learning Support Team based?

We are based on the first floor of the Learning Centre.  We have a number of rooms for individual support, a classroom and an area where you can work independently and feel at ease.

The Learning Support Team

We are a team of specialist Learning Support Teachers and Learning Support Assistants.

Support is also available from an Educational Psychologist, Sensory Support Teachers and the college counsellor.

Sue Horton-Smith
Head of Learning Support

We look forward to working with you!