Student Support

We make pastoral care a priority and seek to ensure that all of our students are provided with the support and guidance they need in order to achieve their full potential. At Deyes High School, our pupils blossom under the caring eyes of all staff, growing in personality and performance as part of a thoroughly happy community of learning.

Students are allocated to a form group and are assigned a form tutor, who offers daily support and guidance; tracking both their academic and personal development. Form groups are supported by a devoted pastoral leadership team who work to secure positive outcomes for all students as they transition through the different key stages.

We work hard to create and sustain strong and effective partnerships with parents and carers as we believe they are an integral part of our school community. Parental input is valued and encouraged. We offer opportunities throughout the year for parents and carers to come into school to discuss their child’s progress, as well as informal opportunities and social events.

Developing leadership is essential and there are ample opportunities for students to join the active and thriving body of student leaders across all year groups. Future Focus Groups and Peer Mentors play a vital role in the development of the school by promoting the views of the students as well as our school core values. They act as ambassadors for the school and are available to any students wishing to seek their support.

Please find below further details of the support that we offer. If you are unable to find the information you need then you can contact the Student Support team on 0151 526 3814.

Student Support Services

Deyes High School aims to promote the successful inclusion of students with special educational needs and disabilities.  We are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible outcomes for all students whatever their needs or abilities.

The Student Support Services and SEND department work closely together to ensure that the needs of all students are met through a comprehensive support network which focuses on their well‐being and academic progress.  We have a strong team of teaching and support staff with a clear vision of the importance of assisting students who have challenging and varied needs.

You can be sure of a warm welcome in a dedicated, friendly, motivated, patient, enthusiastic and approachable professional team.

Ms H Duffy     SENCo – to contact Ms Duffy, please call: 0151 526 3814

Anne Haines         Director of Student Support Services

Patricia Graham  Lead Literacy Practitioner and Dyslexic Specialist

Useful information/self-help websites

Information to Young People and Families about CAMHS and mental health

Information and support to Trans and gender individuals

Support for parents/ carers and young people in relation to mental health

Support to children/ young people who hear voices, sees visions or have unusual sensory experiences

Online counselling support to young people

Support to Young people information, advice and guidance support

Self-help website to Young people with depression, anxiety, anger, panic, stress, bereavement, phobias, traumatic stress, sleep problems, obsession and compulsions

Self- help website for young people and parents/carers to support with anxiety

Self-help website for ADHD, anger, anxiety, pain, suicidal thoughts, depression, flashbacks, self-esteem, OCD, panic, problem solving, psychosis, relationships, stress.

Support for young people who self- harm

Beat is the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS or any other difficulties with food, weight and shape

Special Education Needs Department

The School believes that all students have a right to a broad and balanced curriculum, including those who are disabled or those who need learning support.

By the time students join Deyes in Year 7, meetings will have taken place with the primary schools which feed into the School and information regarding the specific requirements of children with Special Education Needs or those with disabilities will have been exchanged. A number of highlighted children will receive one-to-one, or small group tuition to address individual needs and along with a broader group of children, will receive in-class support from our Teaching Assistants. Support for children on the Special Education Needs’ register will continue throughout Key Stages 3 and 4. Many children may benefit from literacy programmes, which are delivered by specialist teachers in the Learning Support Department and are designed to help raise both academic ability and self-esteem.

The School has strong links with all the support services. Sefton Support Teacher and Educational Psychology Services are involved in direct teaching, monitoring and assessment. We also receive support from the Support Services for the Visually and Hearing Impaired, the Speech and Language therapy service and the School Psychological Service.   New buildings have both ramp and lift access to all facilities, whilst existing buildings have ramp access to ground floor facilities. Disabled toilet facilities are also available.   The School’s accessibility plan continues to improve wheelchair access further, as funding permits.   Differentiation of materials and teaching and learning styles is being developed in the School and increasing use is being made of Information Technology and alternative methods of recording for students with special needs.   Examination concessions and special arrangements are implemented in school examinations and are available in external examinations, if appropriate.

Our SEN Policy can be found on the policies page.