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The Willink

Learning Support Centre

Learning Support Centre

“Working hard to ensure everyone feels valued and fulfils their potential.”

The Willink Learning Support Centre aims to provide all groups of students with structured and coordinated support to overcome barriers to learning caused by personal, social, emotional or behavioural difficulties. We firmly believe that education provides students with the foundation for a successful life and recognise that this must be tailored to individual needs and circumstances.

All students at The Willink School are provided with a rich set of learning experiences and opportunities which begin in the classroom, extend to the wider school, and the local community beyond that. However, we recognise that some students will find accessing these opportunities challenging.

Support is provided to students and families via different approaches and covers a range of issues:

Special Educational Needs Literacy Emotional Literacy Behaviour Management Pastoral
Liaison with external agencies Financial hardship Relationships Attendance

Parents and carers have a vital role in ensuring that the individual needs of their children are being met; their rights and responsibilities are respected; and they have an active role in decisions made about approaches taken to meet these needs.
Our ultimate goal is that all students are integrated in lessons with their peers in order to fulfil their potential. We will provide individual support and coaching; group support; targeted support in lessons; pre and post-school support as appropriate to enable and empower students to become confident individuals and effective contributors to our society.
The Willink School is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all members of the school community and actively promotes the social inclusion agenda. No student should be disadvantaged by their class, gender, race, religion or any disability. Every child is an individual and every child does matter.

The Learning Support Centre is located in the G Block and can be accessed by all students.

Learning Support Centre Staff
Head of Student and Family Welfare and Safeguarding Ms P Myers
Assistant Head Teacher, SENDCo and Designated Teacher Ms N Browning
LITCO Ms A Goddard
Attendance and Family Liaison Mrs R Wilson
Alternative Curriculum (Yr 10 & 11) Ms S Herd


Student Support Lead Responsibility
Inclusion Mentor Ms S Clark Services Students & Students with Medical Needs
Inclusion Mentor Ms J Moxon Students with English as Additional Language
Inclusion Mentor Ms Y Nash Emotional Literacy Support LSA
ELSA Ms S Pithers Students with Visual Impairment & LSA
Pastoral Mentor Ms E Davis
Year 7 Pastoral Assistant Ms L Donnithorne Also Maths Learning Support Assistant
Year 8,9 & 11 Pastoral Assistant Ms R Johnson
Year 10 Pastoral Assistant Ms L Rumble Also Learning Support Assistant


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Mrs R Cookson Learning Support Assistant
Mrs A Howlett Literacy Support
Mrs T Gilliam Learning Support Assistant Team Leader & Dyslexia Representative
Mrs E Jeffcoats Learning Support Assistant in English
Ms L Young Learning Support Assistant in Maths
Mrs L Linardi Learning Support Assistant in M.F.L
Mrs L Betts Learning Support Assistant
Mrs J Browning Learning Support Assistant
Ms P Frampton Learning Support Assistant
Ms N Gerrard Learning Support Assistant
Ms J Gibson Learning Support Assistant
Mrs J Stephens Learning Support Assistant
Mrs L Bailey Learning Support Assistant


Please contact the school for further information. 

School Telephone: 0118 983 2030

Email: nbrowning@willink.w-berks.sch.uk