Dorothy Stringer High School
Who we are
Dorothy Stringer is a lively, vibrant and happy comprehensive school where it is safe to learn and where everyone can play their full part both inside and outside the classroom. We have approximately 1650 students and have high expectations and are ambitious for all of them. At Dorothy Stringer we have an uncompromising commitment to what is best for our students. Students will need the learning skills, character and attributes that will prepare them for any challenge and set them up for their adult lives.
We work to ensure that all students will achieve their full academic potential and challenge them to maximise their achievement in any community that promotes enjoyment in learning. We are proud of the opportunities we offer outside the classroom in areas such as sport, performance, creativity and service.
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
- BHISS - Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service
- Early Help Service
- EMAS (Ethnic Minority Achievement Service)
- Fostering / Adoption Team (attachment)
- In-school counselling and participation in the Primary Mental Health worker Project
- Learning Mentors
- Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Adviser
- Occupational Therapy
- ‘One Youth’ Mentoring
- RU-OK? (Youth Offending Service)
- School Nurse Service
- Specialist Literacy Teacher (AMBDA accredited)
- Speech and Language (Therapists and Specialist Language teachers)
- Social Services
What training and experience have the staff supporting children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities had or having?
The teaching and support staff have regular training and updates on many areas to help us support your child as effectively as possible. We regularly have updates and training sessions from the Sensory needs, Autistic Spectrum Condition, Educational Psychology and Literacy Support services alongside sessions to support the specific needs of some of our students. We are open and welcome to their advice and constantly review our support in light of their recommendations.
We are revising our induction process for teaching assistants so that new staff better understand the ethos of the school and how we offer effective and appropriate support for those students that require this. Some staff attend external courses to make sure that we have the required expertise to meet the needs of our students and we have some teaching staff who are studying Masters level qualifications to ensure our understanding of best practice is up to date and deliverable across the school.
- Accessible toilet
- Accessible changing facilities