Our well trained staff are up-to-date with many aspects of well-being, which support children with complex needs or in vulnerable circumstances. At St Joseph’s Primary School, we believe it is important to develop the whole child, not just their academic ability.
All of our pupils, regardless of their learning needs are given a high level of pastoral and social support from the moment they enter school right through to when they leave.
Our pastoral system consists of school houses, which are made up of children of all ages from Reception through to Year 6. Each house works closely together on school based projects and regularly buddy up when on school trips etc. When children enter reception, they are buddied up with a year 6 child and this friendship continues throughout the year.
Within classrooms class teachers develop very close relationships with each child to ensure that they are happy, secure and ready to learn on a daily basis. We are a small school and work collaboratively as a team to ensure that each child is being the best learner they can be regardless of difficulty.
We believe that parents are entitled to:
• Be consulted about their child’s personal care, to ensure that it is sensitive to the families culture and reflects their child’s needs.
• The reassurance that children will, whenever possible, receive personal care from the staff that know him/her best.
• Have trained lunchtime supervisors who know the school well
• Ensure all of our staff and visitors are DBS checked and fully trained in all aspects of their role.
• Carry out social development programmes when appropriate for those children who require extra support.
• Use playground leaders to support children at playtimes.
• Have a range of after school activities which promote healthy and safer lifestyles.
Children with medical needs are catered for in the same way with, if necessary, designated people to deal with any physical or emotional difficulty that we can.
• We are able to meet with parents/carers to discuss any concerns within a confidential and supportive environment.
• We ensure staff receive up to date training and we seek advice from the relevant professionals to meet a families’ needs. Almost all staff have some form of First Aid training, from basic to enhanced. Our Staff also follow procedures regarding the administrations of medicines in school.
• We arrange school nurse involvement and drop in sessions for parents/carers.
• We can produce Care Plans for those children who have complex additional needs.
• We work closely with other professionals, both in-school staff, the school nurse, outside agencies and parents/carers to support all public health and medical needs within the school.
Socially we do much to develop our children’s skills. Children within our school support and care for each other to a very high degree. They are also expected to demonstrate high levels of responsibility and pupil involvement which fosters greater self-esteem and confidence. The care, guidance and support in our school is excellent and we pride ourselves in knowing every child’s abilities and needs.
We use CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) alongside this to support where necessary.
Our school playground leaders support children during playtimes, encouraging positive behaviour and making sure everyone has someone to play with.
We hold regular parents evenings and provide tours of the school.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
Families may also be supported by the SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) who can work with them in their own homes.