Pastoral Support for children within school is delivered by our Learning Mentor, Ms Dolman who is based in the schools Pastoral Support Centre otherwise known as 'Paradise.' We also have many dedicated TA's who support in this area, they are Mrs Ward and Mrs Jones.
The Pastoral Support Room was established in September 2007 as the school felt it would benefit from:
- A room where children could go if they needed to calm down or talk to someone;
- A behaviour recovery room for children to go to if they need to come out of class, to benefit themselves and the other children in their group;
- Somewhere that children could work without distraction;
- A dedicated area where we can deliver small SEAL group sessions;
- A room to be able to meet with parents, to set up and monitor individual intervention support plans.
Ms Dolman and Mrs Davies (our Special Needs Coordinator and SENDCo) work closely together to provide support for the families of Priory children. Also Mrs Manning our own school counsellor and/or Ms Dolman will see children with emotional needs for individual sessions.
At Priory School great importance is placed on the provision of an atmosphere of positive encouragement for the children within the ethos of our school Mission Statement.
We endeavor to inculcate a good all round caring attitude. Every attempt is made to encourage children to be positive and considerate social beings.
We aim for our children to feel happy and secure in whatever activity they are taking part in. Our children are fully supervised and we placed great emphasis on the welfare and well being of the children in our care.
Teachers, non-teaching staff, welfare staff ad other adult helpers are encouraged to approach the care of our children in a positive way. Minor difficulties, worries or upsets involving any child which arise within the classroom or in the playground are dealt with by the class teacher or the member of staff on duty. The child or children concerned are always fully involved in any discussion about an incident or concern.
More serious incidents or concerns about a child's behaviour, health or welfare may be referred to the class teacher.
A child's parents or guardians may be contacted if it is felt necessary to involve them in dealing with a particular situation or concern. This is usually carried out by means of personal contact when the child is collected from school or by a telephone call or letter.
Parents are always welcomed and encouraged to contact their child's class teacher, the Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher if they have any concerns or worries. We encourage parents to share concerns about home circumstances or medical matters which may affect their child's work or behaviour in school. Any discussions are held in confidence if desired or necessary.
All our children are encouraged to talk freely and openly to any member of staff if they have any worries or problems of any kind on a work or personal level. Staff respond to children in a sympathetic and concerned way, offering advice, support, guidance and reassurance, in confidence if required.
Our school places strong emphasis on the individuality of every person and the children are encouraged to be positive and supportive in their approach to people who may seem 'different' through a disability or by their physical appearance.
As a school we have established and now maintain close liaisons with the various outside agencies involved in the care of children. We also maintain a very close working relationship with groups and people, such as the School Nurse, the Attendance Officer, Attendance Improvement Officer and the Educational Psychologist.
Special Education Needs and Disabilities
Sally Davies is our Sendco here at Priory. Whilst the general aim of the school is to assist all children in learning; to identify and meet their personal needs, it is recognised that some children will require extra support to achieve this.
The aims of the special needs policy are as follows:
- to identify children with special educational needs and disabilities and ensure that their needs are met
- to enable these children to reach their full potential and be included fully in their school community
- to maintain effective communication between parents and the school to ensure parents are informed of their child’s special needs and provision
- to promote an effective partnership between the school and outside agencies.
- to seek and take into account the views of the children
The variety of children’s needs will be met through flexible and varied provision. Such provision will enable children with SEND and disabilities, at any stage, to have the same opportunities of access to the full curriculum, with modification and support as necessary, and to all facilities and activities as those children not experiencing SEND.
The SENDCo has management responsibility for has management responsibility for Special Educational Needs (SEND.) Mrs Pat Ward is the governor with responsibility for SEND.
The Governing Body agrees with the LEA admissions criteria which does not discriminate against children with SEND or disabilities, and its admission policy has due regard for the guidance in the Code of Practice.
Parents will be informed of any concerns and will be involved in the setting and review of any individual education plans (IEP).
The school is committed to the early identification of SEND and adopts a graduated response to meeting special educational needs in line with the Code of Practice.
Click HERE for our SEND Local Offer
Click HERE for our SEND Information Report