At Holme Court School we support young people across a very wide ability spectrum, from those capable of obtaining up to eight or more GCSEs at grades 9 – 4, to those for whom a combination of Level 1, Functional Skills and Entry Level passes represent an excellent personal achievement.
Because of their dyslexia, and the fact that they have not received sufficient levels of specialist support in their previous schools, students’ scores upon joining the school. are often well behind what would normally be expected for their age, particularly in English and Maths.
Our small classes focus on encouragement, and use of dyslexia-appropriate strategies help us to achieve our aim of ensuring that each pupil makes as much progress as possible, given their starting point when they join us.
All pupils are tested to establish baseline scores, and progress is monitored regularly to ensure that they are making necessary progress. Regular, targeted literacy support helps pupils to increase their reading, writing and spelling scores. Many pupils qualify for, and receive, additional time or support (readers, scribes, use of assistive technology) in external examinations.
In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) the school offers GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Maths, Combined Science, RE, Art & Photography, Functional Skills Level 2) as well as Level 1 Courses in ICT (Level 1 Functional Skills).