We are committed to supporting and enhancing every child’s wellbeing as they grow and mature. The complexities of the modern world mean that young people need to be resilient and should be equipped with a range of tools that can carry them through difficult times. Our school motto contains the word ‘Resilience’ because we feel it is so important in every aspect of their lives. We provide support that can be accessed by all or bespoke to individual or group needs.
In 2017, we reviewed our approach to safeguarding the mental health and wellbeing of pupils. We have improved the range of help available by signing up to Tootoot and also by signing up to ‘Kooth’, (a face to face counselling service) and Mental Health Practitioners via our Local Authority. This includes a scheme called 'Future in Mind'. These services are free but limited to referrals by school, where mental health is affecting learning. Parents who have concerns about their child’s mental health at home should let us know, but also approach their GP in the usual way.
What do we mean by bullying?
Definitions of bullying typically include three parameters:
- Repetitive and prolonged over time
- Involving an imbalance of power
- Physical, verbal, emotional, racist or sexual in nature
Cyber-bullying is taken as seriously as any other form of bullying.
We strive to provide a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school. If bullying does occur, all pupils are encouraged to tell a member of staff, and they are reassured by our commitment to all incidents being dealt with promptly and effectively. Anyone who knows that bullying is occurring is expected to tell a member of our staff.
It is the responsibility of our whole school community to eradicate bullying by ensuring the development of a caring and supportive ethos and showing no tolerance for bullying. Our aim is also to support pupils in identifying and seeking help with situations where bullying occurs.
We use Anti-Bullying Alliance resources and take part in their Anti-Bullying Week activities every year. Click here for more information.
Our Mental Health Provision
Our main nurture provision comprises:
- Clear, caring values which the whole community is encouraged to share, and a whole school approach to Personal, Social and Health Education, delivered via assemblies and during class time
- First response support from our Teachers and Teaching Assistants
- Pastoral System: Learning Mentor for Behaviour, Learning Mentor for Parent Support, Child Protection and Nurture, Attendance Officer, SENDCo.
- Additional Support: Educational Psychologist, E-safety Officer, Tootoot contact
- External Support: We now have access to Kooth and to Mental Health Practitioners. We may refer to these services if we feel it is necessary. Parents are given an opt-out to this on admission. If you do NOT wish us to access this external support for your child if it is deemed necessary, please let our office know in writing. Please note, in some circumstances, we also refer to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), but we would always consult you before doing so.
We also incorporate learning about Healthy Eating into curriculum areas such as Design and Technology and Science. Click here for more information about recent developments, and click here for information about our approach to Healthy Eating and here for information about our policy for Packed Lunches.
Physical health and wellbeing are major themes in our School Development for 2018-2019.
We recognise that hunger can be a barrier to learning. We are proud to work in partnership with Magic Breakfast and Family Action to provide a supplement to breakfasts with free bagels available on our playground every morning. These bagels are specially made for schools, to ensure that they are healthy and comply with food guidance.
We also have a limited number of pre-funded places for our breakfast club from 8:20 onwards, on an invitation only basis.