Allowing students to flourish both academically and personally are key aspects of our school. Students are enabled to do just this through a variety of support strategies.
Each student in school has a member of staff as their personal mentor. Students will typically have an individual mentor meeting once every fortnight or more often if required. The mentor will maintain an overview of both the student’s academic and personal progress. As such, students get to know their Mentor well. Evenings are arranged during the school year when parents and carers can meet with the Mentor in order to discuss any issues which may arise.
All students also follow a course of PSHE topics, one hour weekly, through a Project Based Learning approach. Students study half-termly projects centring on topics such as risk or diversity, completing a cross curricular project typically designed for a real audience. Where the need has been identified students will also receive subject specific targeted intervention. Our SENCO works closely with subject staff and leadership in order to ensure that each student’s need are met.
Mrs Cray is the school’s Designated Senior Person with regard to safeguarding and Mr Green is the Deputy Designated person. Students are educated with respect to safety as part of their daily ‘working lives’ at the school. This is also covered additionally through PSHE lessons and through weekly ‘conferences’ which deal with a variety of PSHE themed issues. The school has an open door policy and students are encouraged to talk freely to staff.