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LSB - Learning Support Base

LSB (Learning Support Base) an Enhanced Resource

How can I secure a place for my child in the LSB?

Students need to have an EHCP (Educational Health Care Plan) and are working significantly below their peers academically.

Feeder schools may suggest an ERS placement and parents/carers can make a request to Derbyshire County Council via a Year 6 annual review meeting for an ERS placement.

Parents/carers are encouraged to come and have a look around and meet the staff and see the LSB during a normal day.  Most parents/carers come for a look round before their child’s Year 5 annual review.

What makes the LSB unique?

  • Classes are small with a high ratio of staff to students.
  • Students are taught in ability groups across year groups.
  • Staff look at what is best for each child as an individual when considering curriculum, enrichment and grouping.
  • Staff know the students well.
  • Staff are skilled at working with students with learning difficulties and many other SEND needs.
  • Timetables can be personalised to suit physiotherapy, speech and occupational therapy programmes from health professionals.
  • Students can access main school lessons if appropriate, including GCSE/BTEC courses.

Why is being part of a mainstream school important for LSB students?

Being part of The Pingle Academy allows students to be part of their local school and get to know their community. 

It allows them to interact with their peers, from joining after school clubs to accessing mainstream lessons with support. Students attend assembly with their year group, participate in reward visits, use specialist facilities for lessons and are invited to whole school events such as prize giving.

What will my child’s day look like?

Students are taught National Curriculum subjects within small groups and with familiar staff. Staff use various communication methods to allow students to reach their potential, with a strong emphasis on visual and practical learning.

Social skills are emphasised, both in lesson time and in free time.  Personal and social skills are worked on as needed, ranging from toileting and dressing skills to friendship skills.

Weekly life skills lessons allow students to grow in confidence as they develop new skills. They also allow them to access out of school activities and interact with the local community.  Activities could include sports activities, volunteer work, visits to local shops and cafes and accessing public transport.

In addition to this, KS4 students increase their life skills and vocational courses and can access supported or independent work experience. There is also the opportunity to access college courses.  KS4 students work towards Entry Level, Level 1 and GCSE courses, if appropriate.

Enhanced transition from primary school and into Post 16 provision are important for LSB students.

How do we measure progress?

Data on progress is collected termly and a report is sent home to parents after each collection. Staff keep a close eye on progress in all subjects and interventions or extra support are given to a student if needed.

Some LSB students can make small steps of progress academically, but can make significant improvements in independence and social skills during their time with us.  Both are equally valued and rewarded.

Is it right for my child?

Parents/carers and students are welcome to visit in order to find out whether a student’s needs can be met.

Please contact Louise Harling, Head of the Enhanced Resource Section, on telephone no: 01283 216837 or email: