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  • To ensure all our students reach their full potential

  • To provide a nurturing environment that encourages co operation and understanding while fostering ambition and enthusiasm for learning.


  • All pupils are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum, which is relevant to their needs and sufficiently differentiated to enable all pupils to make progress at their own pace.

  • All teachers share the responsibility for identification of assessment and provision appropriate to individual needs.

  • That all individuals and their needs should be recognised.

  • Every pupil can learn provided the educational opportunities offered are tailored to individual learning styles .

  • The role of parents in their child’s learning is fundamental.

  • There is equal access to a broad and balanced curriculum.

  • Achievement for every pupil should be recognised.

  • Our belief in the Gospel message commits us to be in the forefront of the movement for social and racial justice and harmony. We believe this is fundamental to the common good. We aim to prepare our young people to serve as witnesses to these moral and spiritual values in the wider world.

  • We offer young people the experience of life in a community founded on Gospel values and working in harmony.


Christ is the foundation of everything we do and the Gospels provide us with our influence and inspiration. At Archbishop Ilsley School we strive to respect and value the individual.

The Governing Body and Teaching staff will do their best to ensure that the necessary provision is made for any pupil who has Special Educational Needs.


At Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School we are committed to providing high quality teaching for all pupils. We believe pupils with special educational needs and disabilities are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum and Quality First Teaching.

As a Catholic school we recognise the uniqueness of each individual, in regard to gender, ethnicity, social background, religion, sexual identity, physical ability or educational needs, and endeavour to build on strengths to encourage spiritual, social, emotional and academic learning in partnership with parents. Our pupils reflect our local community.

Transition Strategies

Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School has close links with its feeder schools and provides opportunities for taster activities for prospective pupils to sample lessons e.g English, Science, Maths.  In addition, for pupils with Special Educational Needs, the SENCO will liaise with primary schools to ensure a successful transition to Archbishop Ilsley. This may include the SENCO attending the reviews of pupils with EHCP plans at their Primary Schools and there is an opportunity for the SENCOs from all the schools, whose pupils have a place at here, to meet and exchange information and strategies. Archbishop Ilsley SEN department hosts an extra transition day for pupils and parent/carers with activities and for pupils with SEND needs.

At Archbishop Ilsley we have vertical tutoring. This means your child will join a family group of pupils from all year groups who support each other in tutor time and out. Each tutor group belongs to house which forms a wider connected group in the school.

Who will be my contact when my child starts at the school?

Each pupil has a tutor who is the first point of contact for matters concerning your child’s academic, social or emotional needs. In addition the SENCO will offer a holistic view for pupils with Special Educational Needs and can be consulted as needed.

The SEN Team works closely with the Pastoral Team to ensure pupils receive the support they need.

What if my child has a medical need in school?

Ms Cheevers-Morgan is our school nurse who deals with medical needs of pupils. The school has a rota of staff trained in first aid on call at other times. Staff  are trained in the use of Epi-Pens.

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