Learning Support

...more than a school, a way of life.

Children who attend Somerset House come from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. We recognise that all children are different and learn at different times and in different ways. Indeed, our Mission Statement recognises differences in children’s individuality and potential. This results in a small but important number of children who either find the school environment challenging or need to be extended and enriched. The Learning Support Centre enables children’s individual needs to be addressed so that they are able to achieve their potential. Teachers or parents from any phase may ask for advice, guidance or assessments for a child (parental agreement is always required).

The centre is situated in Huelin Cottage on the school grounds. The Learning Support team work closely with the teachers to help support and guide each child in their learning. Teachers or therapists could recommend therapy based on a variety of factors. Currently the following services are provided:

  • A Speech and Language Therapist supports children who are experiencing difficulties with articulation and non-fluent speech; the development of auditory perceptual skills; receptive and expressive language and writing skills.
  • An Occupational Therapist focuses on the development of fine and gross-motor skills, motor planning, visual perception and sensory integration.
  • Educational support in the form of reading, spelling, comprehension, mathematics and study skills is provided on both an individual and group basis. Where it is deemed necessary, children may be referred to play therapists, counsellors or psychologists practising in the community.

Our Mission

Somerset House is an independent preparatory school that strives to provide an excellent all-round education for children preparing them thoroughly for their futures.

Our Philosophy​

Somerset House is a family school and is welcoming to all. Somerset House endeavours to teach us all to live unselfishly, considering others. Non Nobis Solum. 

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Mission

We are firmly committed to recognising and developing each child’s individuality and potential.

We embrace change as a challenge and an opportunity, whilst respecting tradition.

We choose to provide a unique small school environment for a stimulating and demanding academic programme, emphasising child-centred education, deep-thinking and the development of life-long learning habits. 

We are a caring, Christian based environment, where self-esteem is nurtured, initiative is encouraged and children are able to develop self-discipline while maintaining an awareness and concern for others. 

We understand the valuable role that the arts, sport, extra-mural activities and leadership play in the development of rounded children. 

We are committed to the development and retention of top quality staff and to remaining up to date with appropriate educational and technological progress. We will allocate financial resources responsibly to ensure the delivery of world-class educational standards. 

We are committed to playing our part towards building a better South Africa. 

Philosophy

Somerset House is special in that it seeks to embrace a modern, dynamic, diverse and changing world while underpinned by sound values.

Somerset House is an independent school which makes its own decisions regarding curriculum and learning, while taking cognisance of national and international trends in education.

Somerset House is a disciplined environment where effort, participation and excellence are honoured.

Somerset House has a specialness and smallness which in this day and age is quite unique. The historic buildings and natural grounds are appreciated by all.

For seventy years Somerset House has remained a caring environment based on Christian values where self-esteem is nurtured, initiative is encouraged and children are able to develop self-discipline while maintaining an awareness and concern for others.