The Aim High Mission Statement:

  • At the Purbeck School we passionately believe that all our students should be given the opportunity to aim high, aspire, and be successful.

Welcome to Aim High:

Aim High is the area of the school that is committed to ensuring that all DSEN students have the means and resources to reach their learning potential. It is staffed by a highly committed and well trained team of Teachers and Teaching Assistants/Learning Mentors. The team runs specific learning interventions to support those with DSEN in areas of the school that have been specifically designed for them. There are two fully resourced Aim High classrooms that support literacy and numeracy. Aim High also has a number of breakout rooms available which are ideal for one to one or small group learning. We are also very fortunate to have a fully trained ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) who specialises in working with emotionally vulnerable students and a designated and fully resourced space for them to work in.

Students with DSEN – the Aim High pledge:

  • Quality first teaching – all teaching at the Purbeck school will take into account the specific learning needs of students
  • DSEN students are guaranteed extra or small group literacy and/ or maths support where it is identified there is a need
  • DSEN students are guaranteed a place on a specific learning intervention programme where it is identified there is a need
  • Students with an EHCP are provided with a PIP
  • Parents are guaranteed to be included in the writing of the PIP during each academic year
  • Parents are guaranteed the opportunity to discuss the DSEN on offer to their child, on at least three occasions, during in an academic year (see attached link – ‘A Parents’ Guide’)

A Parents Guide

Meet the Aim High Team:

SENCo – Carly Watson
Principal TA – Becky Alls
ELSA – Glenn Woollard
Senior TA – Isabel Behan
TA – Wendy Greenslade
TA – Colette Buck
Learning Mentor – Ellie Woodcock
Learning Mentor – Megan Pike

If you have any questions relating to Aim High please contact the school and we will be happy to try and answer your enquiry.


The Dorset Local Offer

As part of ‘The Purbeck School’ commitment to DSEN we form part of Dorset’s Local Offer which highlights all of the DSEN information, advice and provision available to parents in the County. You can also access the Dorset Family Information Directory where you can search for other family support and activities available to you in Dorset.

Please see the Policies part of the website for our DSEN Policy.


Current Progress and Success

In 2017, the headline GCSE performance measures for DSEN students with support at The Purbeck School are:

Progress 8 – EHCP +0.3
Progress 8 – Support -0.0
Attainment 8 – EHCP 34.8
Attainment 8 – Support 36.0