“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” – Benjamin Franklin

Head of Department: Karen Ormerod

At Windlesham our Learning Development Department’s role is to inspire and support the children; ensuring they reach their potential. We ensure through our work that all children have the right to a broad and balanced education at Windlesham and have access to the extra support and learning techniques that our department provides. Our team of specialists offer tailored support programmes to children based on their learning style – whether visual, audio, oral or written. Children may have specific difficulties in acquiring skills and the team works to support each child so that they attain the skills sets needed to do well at Common Entrance and beyond. We help to build study skills designed to foster positive and constructive attitudes towards learning.

The Learning Development Department works to boost the child’s self-esteem and self-confidence and to capitalise on and increase the child’s strengths, as well as building areas where specific needs have been highlighted such as developing working memory skills.

In addition we carry out assessments and diagnostic tests as required, to keep abreast of any educational challenges that our students are facing – and have close contact with other educational and health-related professionals if more information and guidance is needed.

We have a well-resourced department with fully qualified specialist teachers who are actively involved in the Windlesham community. Our team works closely with each child’s subject teachers and pastoral staff, such as House Parents to ensure that the learning experiences are maximised throughout all aspects of school life. We love to see the children develop into confident people who understand their areas of difficulty and know how to develop strategies to compensate for and overcome certain weaknesses.