Strong provision of specialist teaching is linked to highly effective tracking of the progress of individuals

ISI Inspection 2015

At Sherborne, the Learning Support Department sits within the heart of the school community, providing support to students and teaching staff alike. Nurturing curiosity and a love of learning is crucial for developing enquiring minds and lifelong learning. In Learning Support, our goal is to work closely with teaching staff and students to support the individual needs of students to enable them to flourish academically and inspire a readiness for learning. 

The Learning Support department supports students with identified specific learning difficulties and consists of a team of teachers, who offer support through one-to-one and small group work. We recognise that each student needing help, has a unique profile of strengths and weaknesses in learning and therefore offer tailored support through consultation with teaching staff and parents. Our aim is to design a teaching programme tailored to suit the individual needs of each student that we teach. Qualified teachers provide help for students with difficulties in any area of the curriculum or support for learning strategies and study skills. We recognise that difficulties may arise at any time, and teachers, parents or the students themselves are able to share any concerns with the Learning Support Department in order to access specialist support.


The Macnaghten library is a creative learning space at the heart of the school. Traditional study areas sit alongside more informal environments for collaborative work.  The library resources include an extensive book collection along with specialised academic digital databases. There are also popular film and music collections.

The library plays an active role in the promotion of wider reading throughout the school.  Every year the Macnaghten Book Prize introduces students to a range of titles around themes of cultural importance. Reading is supported in various formats including use of e-readers, which are growing in popularity.

The library collaborates with staff and students in day to day learning and teaching. Specialised support is offered in lessons and in independent tutorials to develop and improve learning habits and information skills. The aim is to produce students with transferable skills and a passion for lifelong learning.

Victoria Clayton BA, MCLIP, MEd
Head of Learning Development