Special Needs

Learning support at Castle House School                               

Here at Castle House School, the Learning Support Team work tirelessly to offer every pupil the best opportunities to progress. They work within class alongside our teaching staff, with small focus groups and one-to-one to deliver a programme of study tailored to each child’s level of needs.

Up-to-date training , combined with years of experience, mean that each of our Learning Support Specialists can identify opportunities to push your child on to achieve their very best. When working alongside our Learning Support Team we encourage all of our pupils to see our guidance and support as an opportunity to improve themselves and achieve their very best.

What do our Learning Support Team do?

The Learning Support Team has many roles within our school including:

  • Supporting Teachers in the delivery of our high quality curriculum.
  • Delivering targeted interventions to meet the needs of all our learners – From specific learning difficulties, to those who are Gifted & Talented.
  • Providing educational, social and emotional support to all of our learners.
  • Working with small groups or individuals to address specific learning needs.
  • Coordinating our Peer Mentors and Paired Reading Scheme.
  • Leading After-school Clubs

Meet the Learning Support Team

Mr Gavin Hill

Special Educational Needs Coordinator

With almost 20 years working within primary education, our Learning Support Team is led by Mr Hill within the role of Special Educational Needs Coordinator or SENCo.

Now entering his fourth year in the role of SENCo, he coordinates the Team to ensure the right staff are supporting where they can deliver the greatest of impact. He also works alongside the teaching staff, advising them on how they can tailor their teaching to enable every learner to experience success and progress.

Where specific learning difficulties are suspected or identified, Mr Hill liaises with professionals to ensure our pupils are correctly assessed so that their individual needs can be catered for. He believes every child can succeed regardless of any difficulties they face.


Mrs Elizabeth Butler

Head of Pastoral Care & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Here at Castle House School, we look to meet our pupils’ every need and this includes their mental health and wellbeing too. Mrs Elizabeth Butler has worked tirelessly over her 11 years to nurture and support across the whole school, where she has supported children with a range of educational needs including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD and ASD amongst many others.

Alongside her work as a Designated Safeguarding Lead, she is currently supporting within lessons in Years 2, 3 and 4. Mrs Butler also has a guiding hand within the schools PSHE offer and works alongside Mr Hill, the other teaching staff and parents to identify and support any child who is in need of emotional guidance or support.

As a trained Counsellor, She works with children on a 1:1 in a child-centred counselling process, to identify and support emotional issues that have impact on our pupil’s lives in or outside of school. Mrs Butler has a dedicated private room for this purpose, where confidentiality is assured. She also trains and leads our team of Peer Mentors who provide emotional support to their fellow pupils.


Mrs Jenny Butler               

English Learning Support Specialist 

Mrs Jenny Butler leads our English and Literacy support programmes. With over 8 years experience working within primary education, from Early Years all the way through to Upper Key Stage 2, she has a strong working knowledge of 2014 National Curriculum and age-related expectations; particularly those of year 5 & 6 children.

She has repeatedly organised and delivered specific literacy and numeracy booster and intervention groups across KS2 where she has been responsible for their preparation, delivery and assessment of their results. She supports across Upper Key Stage 2 in class lessons and works alongside class teachers offering her informed opinion on where support is needed or has had an impact on learning.

On top of all that, she has considerable experience working with children with various educational needs including those with: Downs Syndrome (included knowledge & use of Makaton), Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Dyspraxia, Visual Impairment, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, plus children with other specific learning difficulties to promote inclusion and acceptance.


Mrs Jo Mellor

Maths Learning Support Specialist.

Leading our Maths interventions, Mrs Jo Mellor has been here at Castle House School for the last two years. Drawing upon over 20 years of working in finance and banking, Mrs Mellor leads intervention groups focussed on increasing confidence within mathematics.

Mrs Mellor also supports in classes across the school, where she helps our pupils to achieve their very best each and every day. Whilst new to working within primary, she is keen to develop her skills and use her confidence within mathematics to benefit the learners here at Castle House School.


Miss Kristie Cotterill

Early Years Learning Support Specialist.

Working within our kindergarten and Year 1 Class, Miss Cotterill supports our youngest learners as they begin on their Castle House Journey. She leads daily phonics sessions and guides the children in developing early English and mathematics skills in a fun and engaging way; this combined with patience and encouragement instils a love of lifelong learning right from the very start.


Should you require more information regarding our SEND provision, please do not hesitate to contact the school.