At St Thomas More Primary School we place great importance in ensuring that all pastoral, social and emotional needs are met for every young person in our care.
All children starting in Reception are assigned a buddy from Year 6, who will aim to make their transition into primary school as easy as possible and provide any support needed at break times. Children are also assigned to a house group and they strive to earn “house points” throughout the week, through recognition of excellent behaviours, work and other good deeds. The winning team is given a trophy/star each week, which is displayed in the school hall.
Our KS2 children also have the opportunity to take part in residential visits throughout the year, which increases their resilience and independence, as well as being a chance to have lots of fun! These visits also act as key points for Year 6 transition to secondary – as they are generally shared trips with other feeder schools.
All children will participate in PSHE lessons throughout the year, in which they tackle and explore a range of issues such as bullying, friendships, staying healthy, changes as well as a whole school focus on relationships and sex education every summer. We aim to develop children’s awareness of their own and others emotions and how these can change. There are a variety of focus weeks throughout the year: Anti-Bullying week in November, Children’s mental health week in February and mental health awareness week in May.
E-safety is an important aspect of keeping your children safe in our school and we regularly promote the safe use of the internet, through teaching and timely updates through termly newsletters or wherever the need may arise. Safer Internet Day is also a key date in the school’s diary and workshops are rolled out for children and parents during this time.
As a school we regularly take part in charitable events in order to help the less fortunate within our society – both locally and on a more global scale. We also have “Mini Vinnies” who aim to help the school, local and wider communities.
When children experience difficulties in one of these areas we are able to support through a range of strategies including Rainbows (used for bereavement), Getting Along groups and Relax Kids, all of which are taught by our teaching assistants or class teachers. At times we may need to ask for further advice from external agencies to support such as our Parent Support Advisor or CAMHS (Children and Adult Mental Health Service). When this occurs the parent or guardian will always be requested to give consent.
We also have a Positive Futures Advisor who supports children and families in a range of ways including one to one support, family support, group sessions to promote emotional well-being and relaxation. She also works alongside other professionals to deliver specific programs such as Heads Up (an emotional literacy program).
At St Thomas More Primary School, the majority of staff hold recent first aid certificates and have had recent training on asthma and the use of a epi-pen. We also have dedicated paediatric first aiders.
Children with Medical needs are well supported at our school. If your child has a medical need they will be given an Individual Healthcare Plan (IHP), written in conjunction with their parent/guardian and/or the school nurse where appropriate. This provides key information about their condition, symptoms and medication.
If a child needs to receive medication whilst at school, the parent or guardian must complete the relevant consent forms which are available from the school office.
If you have any further queries regarding pastoral, medical or social support at St Thomas More, please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.