We aim to provide an inclusive culture and a thriving environment where individual talents and challenges are recognised, and self-esteem nurtured, so that all individuals reach their full academic potential.

The Learning Hub welcomes all students.  We offer expertise and support to ensure that students are supported effectively with challenges associated with communication and interaction; cognition and learning; social, emotional and mental wellbeing and sensory and/or physical needs.

The guiding principle for students with special educational needs and disabilities is the ‘graduated approach’ recommended by the SEND Code of Practice (2015). Students are primarily included within the mainstream classroom where quality teaching is the first wave of provision.

Students are encouraged to develop their independent thinking, learning and coping skills both within the curriculum and in their wider lives.  The Learning Hub staff strive to support students on a personalised basis.  This may include the provision of additional academic teaching, coaching, mentoring, in-class support and help with study skills. Some students may have additional involvement from outside agencies.

The Learning Hub assesses the needs of students through a variety of screening methods. The input of parents and students throughout the assessment and planning process is welcomed and valued.  The Special Educational Needs Coordinator has responsibility for coordinating and communicating information about students who require different approaches to all staff across the school.

Katy Cameron
Head of Learning Support

After earning a degree in Psychology, Katy trained as a Social Worker specialising in the field of Child Protection before retraining as a Primary Teacher in 2005.  She has gained the National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination and is registered with the British Psychological Society, having completed the Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing.  Katy holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills In August 2020, Katy came to Ampleforth College from Dulwich College, Beijing.  In her free time, Katy enjoys walking her dogs and spending time with her family. Email: kjc@ampleforth.org.uk

  • Clare Moses
    BA (Open), MA (Edin)

    Clare Moses graduated from Edinburgh University, where she read English and Philosophy. During her Postgraduate studies in English teaching, she specialised in the provision of Learning Support and became an enthusiastic exponent of Quality First teaching, allowing all students in her English classes to benefit from differentiated teaching. As House Matron and Houseparent, Clare was devoted to the pastoral care of students at Ampleforth for over a decade, giving her a unique insight into the concerns of students and their parents. She has been teaching in the Learning Support Department at Ampleforth College since 2010, and is passionate about the provision of tailored support which allows every individual student to make the most of their talents. Email: cm@ampleforth.org.uk

  • Dianne Brown
    MA MPhil PGCE Dip SpLD MBACP

    Dianne is a Dyslexia Specialist who joined the Ampleforth College Learning Support Department in January 2017.  As a primary and secondary teacher she has taught and supported pupils with a wide range of educational and pastoral need in various settings and establishments.  She builds strong and positive working relationships with individual pupils and subject staff to enable pupils to achieve success.  Dianne’s passion specifically is to support and improve students’ literacy and independent learning skills such that each individual accesses the curriculum and school life to their fullest capacity and so moves on from Ampleforth as a lifelong learner. Dianne originally studied languages, and worked as Head Librarian at the Goethe-Institut Manchester; she holds Masters in Librarianship, and in Psychotherapy and an MPhil in German Literature and Philosophy. Email: dbr@ampleforth.org.uk