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"The Learning Support Dept at St Charles has really helped me and pushed me to achieve high grades and motivates me to achieve my full potential. I have become more autonomous and have grown in confidence academically and personally."

The Additional Learning Support Department at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College has a strong reputation for providing high quality and individually tailored support for students with a variety of identified needs. The Department adopts a holistic approach to support and our aim is to affect positive change for all students with a Special Educational Need and Disability (including students with an Education and Health Care Plan) and other vulnerable students by helping them achieve their chosen learning goals and future ambitions.

We provide ALS for students who fall into the 4 categories of need as per the SEND Code of Practice in addition to providing support for students with English as an Additional Language, those with medical needs and those in receipt of exam concessions. Our experienced and specialist ALS team of teachers and teaching assistants work in partnership with students, their families and multi-disciplinary teams of professionals, including but not exclusively, education providers, speech & language and occupational therapists, mental health professionals, vision support services, to remove barriers that prevent individuals from accessing the curriculum, enabling them to achieve their potential and helping prepare them for their next steps and adult life.

Students are supported in an inclusive and nurturing environment through appropriate one to one or shared in class support in mainstream classes, in addition to out of class one to one or small group and drop-in targeted support sessions in our newly refurbished ALS accommodation which is a specialist provision for students with a specific diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder/Condition (ASD).

Please contact Mary McHugh, Head of Learning Support to discuss any aspect of the provision.






All staff, parents and visitors have a statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of students. Please click here for more information on safeguarding.

Hamida - Student Testimonial

"The Learning Support Department at St Charles has helped me make progress with my studies and grow in confidence in my abilities, which in turn has boosted my self-esteem. I also have become more independent through being challenged by my learning assistant to produce a higher quality of work and my resilience has increased.  My writing and comprehension skills dramatically improved also as a result of the small classes for GCSE English and I value the targeted support that I receive in Maths, as it helps me answer questions that in the past  I found incredibly difficultThe Learning Support department area itself is spacious and welcoming and it has provided me with the opportunities to mix with a cross range of students and build friendships." - Hamida B, BTEC L2 Travel & Tourism student

Charles W. C - Student Testimonial

My experience at College is positive and motivating. I like the LSA’s and TA’s supporting me to do my college work. 

I enjoy my courses at St Charles College because they make me excited to learn. I did my Level 1 Work Experience in the Hyatt Hotel in Portman Square in the Housekeeping and Culinary departments. I enjoyed my work experience very much. 

Next year, I will do my Level 1 English and Maths, followed by GCSE English and Maths. In Addition, I will do the Level 2 Travel and Tourism course.

My LSA’s and TA’s as usually quite relaxed, very supportive, warm and caring. I respect them and find working together fun. 

The Enrichment that I am currently doing is printmaking, ceramics and Photography with my TA’s. I did sketching and tracing on West Bromwich Albion players. I will put them up on my wall at home.

My goals for my future are to get good GCSE results. If I pass my GCSE Maths and English, then I can train to become a chef and sommelier one day.


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