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Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

A child or young person has ALN if they have a learning difficulty or disability, which calls for additional learning provision to be made for him or her. At Pontypridd High School, we are committed to identifying and meeting the needs of all students in order to allow them to arrive at and exceed their potential. Our school building is fully accessible for disabled students. We have lift access and disabled toilets. Our ALN and equalities policies can be found here and any queries can be directed to our ALNco Claire Finney: or our Deputy Head Teacher Mrs K. Oliver:


Provision for students with special education needs and disabilities



We believe that the most important factor in ensuring academic and personal success is outstanding classroom teaching. We practice a rigorous 'Plan, Assess, Do, Review' approach, which clearly identifies students who require academic or social, emotional and well-being support and interventions. We review the progress of all students with ALN three times a year in collaboration with parents/carers and also external agencies during annual reviews. We are committed to working with all families and the community to support our students. If a student with ALN is not making their expected progress we offer targeted intervention and whole-school initiatives including (but not limited to):

Academic support and interventions

  • Cumbria Reading programme
  • Phonics (small group)
  • Literacy or numeracy intervention (e.g. 1:1 or small groups)
  • Support from Teaching Assistants in lessons
  • Homework support
  • Nurture clubs
  • Nurture classes
  • Access to a laptop computer during lessons
  • Small teaching groups for English, Maths and Science
  • The Den - Sensory Room

Social, emotional and wellbeing support and interventions

  • SEBD support
  • Small teaching groups
  • Counselling
  • Behaviour mentoring
  • Interact lunchtime club

'Pupils' needs are defined clearly, and a suitable range of provision and support is set up to meet these needs. There are useful individual education plans that outline the pupil’s targets, activities, resources and success criteria.” Estyn, 2015

Impact of support and interventions

impact of the additional support and intervention put in place by the School for ALN support students and students with ALN statements is evident in their attainment and the progress students made in English and Maths against local, family and national averages.

Next steps

In the coming academic year Pontypridd High School has the following priorities for Special Needs provision:

  1. To adapt systems and procedures to comply with the new code of practice
  2. To further refine intervention and Special Educational Needs support programmes to improve the progress, attainment and therefore educational outcomes of students