At Sunnybrow Primary School, we believe it is vitally important to develop the whole child, not just their academic ability.
We believe that children are entitled to:
* be involved in the planning of their own health care needs whenever possible
* establish a routine individually related to their needs and age.
We believe that parents are entitled to:
* Be consulted about their child’s personal care, to ensure that it is sensitive to the families culture and reflects their child’s needs.
* The reassurance that children will, whenever possible, receive personal care from the staff that know him/her best.
* Support in managing toilet training.
To support this, we
* Work closely with our excellent Parent Support Advisor, Julie Bray, who is there to offer support to children and their families.
* Have trained lunchtime supervisors who know the school and our children very well.
* Ensure all of our staff and visitors are DBS checked and fully trained in all aspects of their role.
* Have small class sizes, which we believe are our greatest asset—we have an individual, personal approach.
* Have a thorough PSHE curriculum, which runs throughout the school and is personalised to our children’s needs. We also run social development programmes such as the Getting along programme for those children who require extra support in developing their social, emotional and communication skills.
* Have a whole-school strategy to promoting emotional wellbeing and mental health called ‘5 ways to shine.’
* Ensure children are provided with a School Support Plan where needed and we support families through our links with local community groups, organisations and services.
* Our range of after school activities promote healthy and safer lifestyles. Visit our website for out latest offering.
* We work closely with other professionals, both in-school staff, the school nurse , outside agencies and parents/carers to support all public health and medical needs within the school.
*We have a Designated Medical Officer (Mrs Austin) who keeps up-to-date records of children’s health and medical needs and oversees first-aid and medical provision in school.
* We are able to meet with parents/carers to discuss any concerns within a confidential and supportive environment.
* We ensure staff receive up to date training and we seek advice from the relevant professionals to meet a families’ needs. Two members of staff are fully trained paediatric first aiders.
* We arrange school nurse involvement and drop in sessions for parents/carers.
* We can produce Care Plans for those children who have complex additional needs.
* 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.
Social and Emotional support
We place great importance on promoting and supporting a child’s positive social and emotional well-being. We are a small, friendly and open school. We encourage children, parents and carers to speak to key members of staff each day. We are also happy to speak over the telephone to those parents who work during the day. To further improve our provision in school, we have recently achieved the Wellbeing Award for Schools, which is run in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau.
In addition to this:
*Pupils with a high level of Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs are given academic resilience plans, which include a key trusted adult for them to talk too.
*We have an excellent Parent Support Advisor, Julie Bray, who works in school with children who require extra support for their social and emotional needs. She supports the school in implementing ‘resilience plans’ or those pupils. We use CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health service) alongside this support where necessary.
*Some of our teaching assistants are trained in delivering ‘nurture groups’, Lego Therapy, Relaxed Kids and the ‘Listening Matters’ programme. These programmes are for those children who are struggling with their social, emotional and mental health and offer safe spaces to talk, develop their social communication and interaction skills and form positive relationships with some pupils or staff. We have heavily invested in a demountable classroom which is beautifully resourced as used solely for the purpose of social, emotional and mental health interventions such as Nurture group.
*We support the children fully when they move to Secondary school. We always provide staff to accompany the children on their visits and members of the transition team spend many hours in our school every Summer Term.
*We hold regular parents evenings and provide tours of the school.
*We have a varied and stimulating PSHE Programme running through the school, as well as programmes to specifically support social and emotional development.