The College celebrates and values diversity. We are committed to providing an inclusive learning and working environment, free from discrimination or harassment where each individual is treated with respect and dignity and is able to fulfil his or her potential.
Study Skills Centre
At the heart of our focus on meeting individual needs is our
specialist team who are located in the Study Skills Centre.
The team is led by our Special Educational Needs Coordinator
(SENCo), Sara Halliwell, and includes specialist teachers who
are able to assess student need through a variety of diagnostic
tests. In addition, we have a team of Learning Mentors who can
provide in-class support for High Needs Learners and are also
able to see students for 1:1 work to support a variety of needs.
Specialisms of the team include working with anxiety disorders
and autistic spectrum conditions but a wealth of experience is
available to support you whatever your need might be.
The Study Skills Team offers a calm and warm welcome to
any student who would like to access additional support
for their studies. Study Skills has an open door policy and is
located next to the Library. It has a suite of rooms available
for supporting student needs from 1:1 diagnostic assessment
rooms through student group study space and also a
comfortable rest space for students needing rehabilitation
following significant illness or those managing ongoing chronic
conditions. Below are some of the areas in which Study Skills
supports students. This list is not exhaustive and the team is
keen to address support across the full spectrum of student
need. Please come and talk to them at Open Evening to
discuss your needs and how we might best meet them.
Please see information
about our Study Skills Centre.
Organisation, Time Management, Exam Technique and Revision
Adjusting to life at a sixth form college can be a challenge.
Students are supported, through their subject areas, to
become independent learners and for subject specific
guidance, surgeries and support within departments are
likely to be the most effective type of support. However, for
more general support, Study Skills can offer guidance on
organisation, time management, exam technique and revision.
Support can also be accessed through personal tutors and the
Supported Independent Learning Service .
We are committed to meeting the needs of people with
disabilities, recognising that a disability can affect people in
different ways. We encourage people with disabilities to make
relevant staff aware of their needs so that full and appropriate
support may be provided.
The Study Skills Centre has a wide variety of resources to help
students with their learning needs. Qualified staff are available
to carry out assessments for exam access arrangements and
then to offer appropriate support. Individual and small-group
support is available for a variety of needs.
Specific Learning Disability/Dyslexia/Dyspraxia
The College screens all students for specific learning
disabilities using a computer screen. Students will be
contacted if the test indicates any significant need. For
students who already have a diagnosis, the Study Skills team
will work with them to consolidate their learning strategies and
establish if exam access arrangements are appropriate.
The College also has a partnership arrangement with Dyslexia
Associates, who offer reduced fees for our students who would
like full diagnostic assessments. Information for all students
and parents of students with a declared learning need is
available from the Study Skills Centre in advance of you joining
us so that we can make the best possible preparation for your
start with us.
Autism Spectrum Conditions/Asperger’s Syndrome/Attention Deficit/PDD-NOS
Trained staff are on hand to assist with the challenges of
making the transition from school to college and to smooth
the way. The Study Skills Centre offers a safe place within the
College for our students to be able to relax and seek advice.
Scheduled 1:1 sessions and in-class support are examples of
support which are available to our students.
English as a Second or Other Language
We understand the demands of working in an additional
language and are able to provide support to students for
whom English is not their first language. Trained staff are
available in Study Skills to provide support, both 1:1 and via
small group sessions.
For hearing impaired/deaf students, loop systems are currently
installed at reception desks in the Main Building, the Guidance
Suite and the Sports and Tennis Centre. Loop systems are
also installed in the Science Lecture Room, the Robinson
Theatre, the Hall, the Recital Room and the Sports and Tennis
Centre’s Sports Hall. Additional communication support can
be organised by arrangement with trained staff from the Study
Skills Centre who maintain strong links with the audiology
services and the Sensory Impairment Team.
For blind/visually impaired students, staff from the Study Skills
Centre can provide specialist support. They arrange for course
materials and hand-outs to be produced in suitable formats
and, where appropriate, will support students during their
lessons. Specialist teachers from the Sensory Impairment Team
enhance the support that Study Skills is able provide..
Due to the nature of the site, access to some areas of the
College is limited. Wherever possible, given prior notification,
adjustments will be made to facilitate individual needs. A site
plan is available on the following page on our website: www. hillsroad.ac.uk/the-college/visiting-us/visitor-information
request from the Main Reception, telephone (01223) 247251.
The plan indicates lift locations, accessible toilets, those
entrance doors which have level thresholds to enable access
for wheelchairs and wheelchair routes throughout the College.
Further information about accessibility is available from the
College’s section of the Disabled Go website: www.disabledgo.com/organisations/hills-road-sixth-form-college/main-2
Trained staff are able to support students with everyday tasks
where appropriate. For students who have particular issues
with dexterity, specialist software or scribe support can be
arranged through the Study Skills Centre.
At Hills Road we are always striving for excellence in all we do;
and that includes our support for students’ learning needs. If
you have concerns about a learning need please contact the
Study Skills Centre by post, telephone or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Study Skills team will work with them to
consolidate their learning strategies and establish if exam
access arrangements are appropriate.