Chris Patten, Assistant Headteacher in charge of Learning Support and Pupil Development.
Having spent two years at Ixworth Middle School as Head of PE, followed by five years at Kesgrave High School as not only a PE teacher but as Assistant Head of Learning Support, Mr Patten joined Woodbridge School in 2015.
Focusing on a multitude of elements in terms of learning support Mr Patten and his team of Learning Support Assistants work closely with not only students in School, but also with the Admissions department. In terms of prospective students, Mr Patten requests any assessment, feedback or academic reports be submitted prior to starting at Woodbridge, enabling him and his team to understand any specific learning needs ahead of entry to the School. Any support required, can be planned and mapped out to ensure there are no surprises for teachers, students or parents in the first few days, weeks or months at the School.
Delivering one games lesson per week as well as offering staff training where required, Mr Patten is a familiar face all around School. Approachable and accessible, due to the nature of support he and his team are able to offer, he will often have more contact with students than most teachers in School. This familiarity means students are comfortable raising concerns, and likewise, Mr Patten is not only able to comfortably approach them, but can provide bespoke support tailored to suite their specific needs.
Parents and students can feel assured that the Learning Support team, in conjunction with the Pastoral team, can provide everything students need to support them emotionally and educationally throughout their journey at Woodbridge School. From the Prep through to the secondary and sixth form, Learning Support helps students to achieve their full potential.