At St Patrick’s RC Primary School we recognise that every child is a competent learner who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. We place great importance on promoting your child’s positive social and emotional well being and encouraging all our children to be responsible and considerate young people.
We believe that children learn to be strong and independent from secure, high quality relationships in a safe environment and therefore aim to develop caring, respectful, professional relationships with the children in our care and their families.
We welcome two-way communications on a daily basis to ensure everyone is informed and supported. Our staff welcome the children into school each morning and are available at each Key Stage entrance to take messages or have brief discussions. Mrs Gill and our office staff are available at all times throughout the school day if you have a concern and your child’s class teacher will also be available at the end of the school day. Parents who are working during these times are invited to call or email at their convenience and further meetings or call backs will be arranged.
We believe that positive behaviour in children stems from learning the core skills and abilities identified in our Religious Education and through our Values Education which sees us focus on a specific value each month. (For further information see the Our Values section on our website).
Children who display positive behaviour and are good role models are rewarded with ‘Smilies’ which lead to Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Children can also be awarded Mercy Tokens which helps us to celebrate this Holy Year of Mercy Above all, we at St Patrick’s RC Primary School, wish to celebrate the successes of all our children and establish a climate of trust and respect for everyone in our school and in our wider community.
At times children have disagreements. At St Patrick’s RC Primary School we have worked with a number of different agencies to develop an approach to help children understand what bullying is and what impact it has on others. We have designated children trained as Friendship Fixers and Sports Leaders who are on duty during break times. If an incident of bullying is identified, we aim to act swiftly, gather as much information as we can, treat all children equally with fairness and support all children involved. Please see our Anti-Bullying Policy on the School Policies section for further information.
The health and welfare of your child is extremely important to us and we will always contact you if we have any concerns. If your child becomes ill in school they will be cared for and comforted until you can be informed. Parents and carers will be contacted in the order of preference that is stated on your child’s data collection sheet. Minor injuries will be treated in school by staff trained in first aid. In the event of a serious accident, parents will be immediately contacted. If your child is well enough to attend school but requires medicines during school hours, please ensure that all prescribed medicines are taken to the school office by an adult.
For further information please see our Medical Policy in the School Policies section.
For children with more complex medical needs, we work closely with health and medical professionals and parents/carers to complete Health Care Plans so that we are able to support all your child’s health and medical needs whilst they are at school. We are able to meet with parents and carers to discuss any concerns within a confidential and supportive environment and we ensure staff receive up to date training from the relevant professionals.
We support children with additional Speech and Language needs by working in small groups, on a 1:1 basis or by involving speech and language professionals who regularly work with identified children in school.
For children who require additional social or emotional support we can deliver specifically targeted intervention sessions. These may take the form of social stories, calming classes, stress buster sessions or simply having a designated quiet area to retreat to with a familiar adult to talk about worries and feelings when school life becomes a bit too overwhelming. When appropriate, we also work alongside professionals from the Education Psychology Service, Hudson Counselling Service and CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health service) to support children with social and emotional difficulties.
At St Patrick’s RC Primary we can also offer support to parents through our Parent Support Advisor and our Strengthening Families Programme. Please contact the school if you would like more information. You will also find details of the SEND Services available and Key Policies in our Parent File which is located in reception.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.