• Overview
  • Careers
  • G&T
  • Personal Development
  • Pastoral
  • SEN
  • LRC

Student Support

Emailoffice@lighthall.solihull.sch.ukTelephone 0121 744 3835

Light Hall School offers a comprehensive range of student support services including:

Careers: Careers offers an 'in-house' information, advice and guidance service for careers, apprenticeships and work experience.

& Talented
: Our Gifted and Talented program supports students with one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop those abilities).

The School's Personal Development Program aims to promote the social, spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development of all pupils.

Our Pastoral service provides support to students, parents and caregivers. A recent OFSTED inspection highlighted Care, Guidance and Support as an outstanding feature of the school.

Light Hall School's Special Educational Needs service is fully supported by Solihull Learning Support Service and continues to expand to reflect the needs of the children within the school.

: The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is an information centre designed to support the learning, teaching and research needs of our students and staff.

ICT Networks
: The IT Network Support team offer a range of services across the School IT spectrum. If you have issues about passwords, logins, general computer problems or FROG please come to room C8.

School Nurse
: We would like to welcome your children back to school and remind parents that the school nurses are available to offer support and advice to you in relation to your child’s health and well-being, along with the routine surveillance offered as set out in the Healthy Child Programme.(DOH 2009).
School nurses can be contacted via these telephone numbers
North Solihull Team – 0121 770 1919.
South Solihull/Rural Team – 0121 746 4550/0121 746 4451.

For detailed information on each service please click the tabs above

Emails207swatson@lighthall.solihull.sch.ukTelephone 0121 744 3835

Students in year 11 can request a careers interview with our careers advisor Claire Christian.  They will then be seen during school times on Wednesdays in the connexions office (PSC building).  Claire is also available on this day during first break if students want to see her at short notice. (Careers team in full below) There is a careers information area in the corner of the LRC and a careers noticeboard outside the library. 

"In November 2009 the school was recognised for its high quality and effective practice and was awarded the Careers Education Information and Advice Award by the Connexions Service".

  Careers Team Contact Details
Mrs Watson - Careers Co- ordinator In school
Claire Christian - Careers Advisor Available Wednesdays
  Form Tutors In school
  Head of Year In School

Claire Christian operates a drop in session during first break (11:15am) at every Wednesday for anyone requiring careers advice or see Mrs Watson to arrange an appointment.

‘September Guarantee’
This is a promise, from the government, that all students will be offered a suitable place in learning by the end of September of the year they finish compulsory education.

Useful Websites (Careers)!

National Careers Service

eCLIPS (password B90 2PZ)


Careers Box

Want A Career In The Law

School Leaver Jobs

Student Finance Information

Useful Websites (Apprenticeships)!

West Midland National Apprenticeship Service

Remit Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships at Jaguar Land-Rover

Apprenticeships In Automotive Industry

Want A Career In Accountancy?

What Apprenticeship

Useful Documents (Apprenticeships)!
Jaguar Land-Rover Apprenticeship Brochure

BPP Accounting Apprenticeship

Year 11 Careers Letter

Post 16 open days & events calendar 2013/14

Aldi Supermarkets Apprenticeships

BMW Four Year Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship

BMW Three Year Manufacturing Craft Apprenticeship

Q.A. Local Apprenticeship Vacancies Posted May 2013

Useful Documents (Careers)!

Beginners Guide to a Career in the Law

Where did our students go after leaving school?

Destinations of 2012 year 11 School Leavers in Solihull at 1Nov. 2012
FE Employment / Training Left Area Unemployed N/A Not  known TOTAL
Light Hall School 91.1% 7.6% 0% 1.3% 0% 0% 100%
Solihull Borough N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Destinations of 2011 year 11 School Leavers in Solihull at 1Nov. 2011
FE Employment / Training Left Area Unemployed N/A Not  known TOTAL
Light Hall School 90.1% 7% 0% 2.5% 0% 0.4% 100%
Solihull Borough 89.1% 6.8% 0% 3.6% 0% 0.5% 100%
Destinations of 2010 year 11 School Leavers in Solihull at 1Nov. 2010
FE Employment / Training Left Area Unemployed N/A Not  known TOTAL
Light Hall School 92% 4.2% 0% 3.8% 0% 0% 100%
Solihull Borough 90% 5.5% 0% 4% 0% 0.5% 100%
Destinations of 2009 year 11 School Leavers in Solihull at 1Nov. 2009
FE Employment / Training Left Area Unemployed N/A Not  known TOTAL
Light Hall School 84.3% 8.1% 2.7% 4.9% 0% 0% 100%
Solihull Borough 86.4% 5.7% 2.4% 4.3% 0.6% 0.6% 100%
Destinations of 2008 year 11 School Leavers in Solihull at 1Nov. 2008
FE Employment / Training Left Area Unemployed N/A Not  known TOTAL
Light Hall School 83% 5.5% 1.8% 5.5% 0.5% 3.7% 100%
Solihull Borough 82.7% 8.7% 2% 5% 0.4% 1.2% 100%
Destinations of 2007 year 11 School Leavers in Solihull at 1Nov. 2007
FE Employment/ Training Left Area Unemployed N/A Not  known TOTAL
Light Hall School 83% 10.4% 0.4% 5.4% 0% 0.8% 100%
Solihull Borough 82.6% 9.5% 1.2% 5% 0.8% 0.9% 100%



Light Hall School - Gifted & Talented

Light Hall School believes strongly that every child should achieve their very best and that every learner categorised as having ‘Higher Learning Potential’ (HLP) is given the best opportunity to reach their maximum academic potential. Our G&T programme starts with classroom practise. This is utilised as the strongest lever to provide extension and challenge for your child on a daily basis.
The basis of the schools work in this field is:

  • Early identification
  • Subject specific identification and intervention
  • Individual support, enrichment and extension both in school and externally

What does Gifted & Talented mean?
According to the DFES Gifted and Talented students are:
“Children and young people with one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group (or with the potential to develop those abilities)”.
How are Gifted and talented students identified?
Gifted Students
Tend to excel in academic subjects such as English, Maths and Science
Talented Students
Tend to excel in practical subjects, such as PE, Drama and Art.

What to look for – some characteristics of the gifted learner:

  • Are highly inquisitive
  • Be a good reader / very articulate or verbally fluent for their age
  • Give quick verbal responses (which can appear cheeky)
  • Have a wide general knowledge
  • Learn quickly / very aware
  • Be interested in topics which one might associate with an older child
  • Communicate well with adults - often better than with their peer group
  • Have a range of interests, some of which are almost obsessions
  • Show unusual and original responses to problem solving activities
  • Prefer verbal to written activities
  • Be logical
  • Be self-taught in their own interest areas
  • Have an ability to work things out in their head very quickly
  • Have a good memory that they can access easily
  • Be artistic / musical / excel at sport
  • Have strong views and opinions
  • Have a lively and original imagination / sense of humour
  • Focus on their own interests rather than on what is being taught
  • Be socially adept/appear arrogant or sometimes perceived as being socially less aware
  • Be easily bored by what they perceive as routine tasks
  • Show a strong sense of leadership
  • May not necessarily be well-behaved or well-liked by others
  • May have low self-esteem
  • Be confused about their development and their behaviour 
  • Manipulate their environment / find inadequacy to make themselves feel better
  • May display a superior attitude to those around them
  • Presenting barriers and leading to frustration and disaffection

Some G&T students may be intellectually able but also appear on the Special Educational Needs (SEN) register for behavioural, literacy or physical difficulties. These are known as dual and multiple exceptionality students. Should this indeed be the case then we work closely with our SENCO and with all staff to ensure that the best provision is put in place for your child.
If you believe your child has Gifts and/or Talents that we are not aware of then please contact the school for further information. 
Examples of extension and enrichment opportunities to date:

  • Trips to universities
  • Summer school
  • Personal effectiveness course
  • Maths challenge
  • Science/Technology/Maths challenge day
  • Master classes
  • Revision classes
  • Mentoring
  • Personalised learning programme within the classroom
  • Extra-curricular clubs
  • Edinburgh Award
  • Sports Leaders 
  • Opportunities to speak to top business leaders/academics locally and globally

G&T Link Staff
If you have any subject specific queries regarding your child’s progress, please use the contact details for the link G&T tutor to answer any of your questions.

Subject Area

G&T link staff



Mrs Davis



Mr Lowe



Ms Howard



Ms Davies



Mr Gara



Ms Tomkins



Mr O' Connor



Mr Lowe


Life Morality

Ms Begum



Mr Greenan



Ms Matthews



Mr Holt



Ms Howells



Ms Chester



Mr Soni


Useful resources to support parents and students
West Midlands G&T Partnership
G&T resources
BBC - G&T parental support   

Light Hall School - Personal Development

Email s207igrant@lighthall.solihull.sch.ukTelephone 0121 744 3835

The P.S.D. curriculum is designed to promote the social, spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development of all pupils.  It prepares pupils for the responsibility and experiences of adult life and also provides sex and drug education.  Careers advice and Records of Achievement are included in the curriculum as is citizenship.

P.S.D. takes place in most areas of the curriculum.  Core and foundation studies make a significant contribution to the delivery of P.S.D.  To ensure that all requirements are fully met at Light Hall, pupils follow a five year course and receive one forty minute lesson each week.  These lessons are planned and organised by the P.S.D. Co-ordinator and delivered by form tutors. 

Aims of the Personal & Social Education Course  

  • To make the pupil feel accepted and secure in his/her environment.
  • To make the pupil more aware of himself/herself and of the development of relationships with peers and adults.
  • To encourage decision making and problem solving.
  • To encourage respect for the attitudes and opinions of others.
  • To assist in the preparation for adulthood.
  • To encourage a responsible attitude towards the environment.
  • To support the curriculum and hidden curriculum.

 Health Education forms a large part of the curriculum in each year group and includes sex education, substance abuse, personal hygiene, stress, depression and mental health

Light Hall School - Pastoral

Emails207nsehmi@lighthall.solihull.sch.ukTelephone 0121 744 3835

Light Hall School is proud of the pastoral support provided to students, parents and caregivers. Our last OFSTED report (OFSTED Inspection June 2013) highlighted Care, Guidance and Support as an outstanding feature of the school.

Student Services

Students are able to access support for general day to day issues such as signing in and out of school, First Aid, uniform and providing reasons for absence.

Pastoral Support Centre

Known as the PSC, the Pastoral Support Centre is managed by Mr O’Grady.  The centre is designed as a temporary measure to support students who are unable to access mainstream education for a number of reasons. As such, the length of time a student spends in the centre is based upon their individual needs.  Senior Members and Pastoral staff make referrals, who work collaboratively with students, teachers, parents and caregivers.

Pastoral Managers

There are 3 Pastoral Managers:

Mrs Sehmi - (Senior Pastoral Manager) Head of Transition & year 9

Mrs White - (Pastoral Manager) Responsible for years 7 & 8

Ms Cull - (Pastoral Manager) Responsible for years 10 & 11

They are non-teaching members of staff who work in conjunction with Heads of Year to ensure that each student is fully supported in an academic and pastoral capacity. The managers promote an active image and are the first point of contact for our students, parents and caregivers. This role allows identification of any issues or areas of concern. This allows specific and targeted work for each individual.

X-Stream Counselling

X-Stream is a youth initiative partnership with the local churches in Shirley. The school work in partnership with X-Stream, who have been involved with  Light Hall for a number of years. A X-Stream counsellor talks  with our students which has created a unique opportunity for students to engage with non-school staff in a safe and controlled environment. The aim of X-Stream is empower young people to value themselves and others, thus leading to them making confident and appropriate lifestyle choices for the future; An ethos that is at the heart of Light Hall School. Referrals can be made through the Pastoral Managers.

External Agencies

The Pastoral team also work in close proximity with external agencies such as:

  • Str8up,
  • This way up,
  • Sweet Project
  • Solihull Bereavement Counselling Service,
  • Solihull Young Carers,
  • Growing Through
  • Youth Inclusion Support Programme (YISP),
  • The Local Authority: Nurse,
  • Education Welfare Officer (EWO),
  • Emotional, Social Behavioural Difficulties (ESBD team)
  • Educational Psychologist
  • The Police

Peer Mentoring

The school operates a Peer Mentoring Programme, led by selected year 10 students attached to year 7 form groups. This not only empowers students but also provides younger students with alternative support. 


Light Hall School - SEN

Email s207hclose@lighthall.solihull.sch.uk or s207etunstall@lighthall.solihull.sch.ukTelephone 0121 744 3835

The SEN Department is managed by  two part time SENCOs working on a job share basis.  They are supported by an Assistant SENCO (who also works as a Learning Support Assistant) and a further 9 Learning Support Assistants working with youngsters across both key stage. The Learning Support Department at Light Hall will continue to expand to reflect the needs of the children within the school.

We are fully supported by Solihull Inclusion Support Service and Solihull Educational Psychology Service. Our close working relationship with the Pastoral Support Centre means that we have access to a wider support network which includes counsellors and behavioural support teams.

Support: The majority of our resources are deployed to support students who have either a statement of S.E.N. or are ' School Action Plus' and on the S.E.N. list. We deliver a range of withdrawal classes which are offered to students with the greatest need. These include:

Peer reading | Toe-by-Toe | Specialist Literacy Support | Lexia | Nessy Learning Programme

The school is able to ensure that SEN groups usually have no more than 15 students, often supported by an LSA. 

The SEN Staff:

Mrs H Close - SENCO (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
Ms E Tunstall - SENCO (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
Mr B Jackson - Assistant SENCO
Mrs L Jude - General Support Assistant (Maths)
Ms N Worth - General Support Assistant (Science)
Mrs Batten - General Support Assistant
Mrs M Harris - General Support Assistant
Mrs C Street  - General Support Assistant
Mrs C Whitehouse - General Support Assistant
Mrs E Webster - General Support Assistant
Miss L Smith - General Support Assistant
Miss C Watson - General Support Assistant

Light Hall School - Learning Resource Centre

Emails207hklejdyszh@lighthall.solihull.sch.ukTelephone 0121 746 5070

Learning Resource Centre

The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is an information centre designed to support the learning, teaching and research needs of our students and staff.
`The LRC supports and encourages reading for pleasure and provides a space for relaxed reading and quiet study.`

The LRC is open throughout the school day and is also available to students during morning break and lunchtime for study, homework and research.

Bulletpoint Recommended reading list

LRC Opening Times
Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 4:00pm
Friday: 7:30am - 3:30pm