The first point of contact for pastoral support at Stratford Girls’ Grammar School consists of a Tutor, supported by their Head of House. These staff are then supported by an incredibly dedicated teaching team and a highly skilled network of non-teaching staff. SGGS provides understanding and professional support for students both within lessons and in the wider school life.
Pastoral and academic support needs are often linked and referral for 1-2-1 mentoring services can come from a member of the support structure, or the student themselves. The door is always open for students to speak to someone. No concern or worry is ever seen as too big or too small.
Every student with Special Educational Needs (SEND) at SGGS receives a Learning Passport. This digital file condenses relevant information in order to inform teachers of the individual needs of the student and thus enables them to adapt their lessons accordingly.
Our teachers are experts at identifying students who require extra support and assisting students who require additional exam arrangements. Students have access to a variety of useful equipment such as computer voice software and reader pens.
Our entire SEND provision is overseen by our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo) and this includes liaison with outside agencies such as Educational Psychologists.
SGGS has invested in comprehensive facilities for disabled access.
The Stratford Girls' Grammar School Special Educational Needs (SEND) Policy is available to view in full here.
Additional support provisions
SGGS also partners with several external support services in order to provide additional support to students whenever this is required.
Lifespace is an organisation that mentors young people to help them reduce stress, build resilience and achieve more. SGGS engages with Lifespace to provide students with access to an expert interventions system for scenarios that require support beyond standard provisions. Students are referred to Lifespace by their Head of House, with trained mentor sessions. Students can request the gender or ethnicity of mentors that they will feel most comfortable speaking with.
SGGS also connects with specialist services such as The Shakespeare Hospice to provide relevant support of the highest standard if any students find themselves facing unique or challenging circumstances.