At St Mary’s Primary School, we are an inclusive school, and we consult with a wide range of agencies and partnerships to ensure the Emotional and Social Development needs of SEN children are met. Inspired by Christian values staff believe that high self-esteem is crucial and aim to support and promote the emotional wellbeing of all children. On a daily basis the class teacher is responsible for the pastoral and social care of every child in their class, therefore this would be the parents’ first point of contact should further advice or support is required or an appointment with the Head teacher.
At St Mary’s we are fortunate enough to have our Parish Priest, Father Grieves visit regularly, who works with many children, parents and families to provide an additional layer of pastoral care. Along with the Head teacher, Father Grieves works hard with the school community to support the Catholic Life of the school and encourage links with the wider community and local church.
Mrs Tallentire is our Nurturing and Well -being leader who has received training in delivering and supporting interventions to support children within school with social and emotional difficulties. Our nurture pod is available for all children and Mrs Tallentire also has dedicated nurture time each week to ‘check in’ with particular pupils. St Mary’s is currently part of the Anna Freud’s Inspire project.
Our additional lunch time activities are also aimed at supporting the emotional and social needs of our children and an additional play supervisor has been appointed to lead these interventions and focused outdoor play sessions daily. Mrs Lewandowski is our emotional play leader during lunch times and offers a variety of opportunities for children to develop social and leadership skills through a range of games, activities and Pupil Voice groups.
St Mary’s RC Primary School has and maintains close links with External Partnerships; In order to access the best professional advice, we also link with Local Authority and Private Providers of additional services, such as Occupational Therapy, CAHMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) School Nursing Service, Social Services and Medical Professionals. Where necessary we hold multi-professional meetings in school so that parents are comfortable in the school environment and the child can join us easily, if it is appropriate.
As a school we have a very positive approach to all types of behaviour with a clear reward system that is followed by all staff and pupils; House Points, stickers and weekly Star Awards from each class. We invest time and effort into modelling and rewarding good behaviour and right choices, with intent to set an example to others. Praise is used regularly within school to recognise and encourage good behaviour. The children are rewarded with house points for positive and kind behaviour and can be awarded at the end of the week during Candle Time with winning teams and a Star from each class. To ensure that positive messages reach parents on a regular basis Mrs Box invites children to lunch on the top table and this invitation goes home. The Star awards are also able to go home and are brought back to school the following week. This is also published weekly on our website. Where behaviour is an issue in some cohorts then additional behaviour systems such as class charts or Dojo may be used. Where a particular child or cohort does not respond to a particular reward system then it is at the discretion of the Head teacher and class teacher to end or review accordingly.