Hornby High School has a comprehensive Learning Support Department which gives intensive and specialised programmes to students who have learning difficulties or who need to 'catch up'. In the junior school classes are kept small and extensive use is made of teacher aides to provide a great deal of individual help. Classes follow the normal junior programme but lessons are modified to suit individual learning needs. In the senior school students can study for NCEA or NCES as they are able. Learning Support continues through all levels up to Year 13.
English Language Support (ESOL)
Special programmes are available for students who need English Language support. Students needing English Language support are carefully assessed on entry to the school and have an individual programme created for them. This could be a few hours per week of Language work to a full programme of English teaching. Timetable flexibility enables ESOL students to link into mainstream subjects as their English language ability improves.