One of our key aims as a school is to ensure our school community is supported to feel healthy, happy and safe. We recognise that it is sometimes tricky for parents and carers to know what resources are available to them and to know where to start if they feel they need support for themselves or their children. We work closely with the Family Support Service and school nursing and are able to make referrals for support and courses that you think may benefit your family (see agencies we work with)
For parents who wish to discuss debt advice or get support with form filling or food parcels we are able to refer to the Bridge Centre on Hayling and we also offer our own community shop each Thursday between 10 am and 11.30 am, which we run in conjunction with the charity Fareshare and where parents can top up their food shop at whatever price they can afford to donate.
Alongside these services, we have our in school pastoral care team who would be the first ports of call for many day to day problems.
Mrs Hawley looks after our school attendance. If there are concerns around a child’s attendance or punctuality it will be Mrs Hawley who will contact you in the first instance. School are keen to support families to be able to maintain good attendance and we recognise that, at times, external factors can affect this. We encourage all our parents to be honest if they are having difficulties so that we can identify the best ways to support.
Mrs Hill is our ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant). She is able to work with children, in school, to support them with wider emotional needs ie dealing with loss, helping with strategies to support positive friendships, strategies to help manage and articulate emotions. Class teachers would normally refer a child to Mrs Hill, after a conversation with parents, if they felt a child would benefit from this support.
Mrs Backler is our Behaviour Support Assistant. She is able to work with children who are struggling with self-regulation and who sometimes need additional support to manage their school day. Mrs Backler will be checking in with families and is able to signpost to further resources or courses that may support families further. Parents wishing to talk to Mrs Backler about any home behaviour issues that may be causing concern can leave a message with the school office and will have their call returned when Mrs Backler is out of class.