At Witham St Hughs Academy, we believe that all children, including those identified as having additional, special educational needs and/or disabilities have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible to them, and to be fully included in all aspects of school life.
We believe that all children should be equally valued in school and strive to eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and to develop an environment where all children can flourish and feel safe.
Witham St Hughs Academy is committed to inclusion. Part of the Academy’s strategic planning for improvement is to develop cultures, policies and practices that include all learners. We aim to engender a sense of community and belonging, and to offer new opportunities to learners who may have experienced previous difficulties.
Mrs Dexter is our SENDCo at Witham St Hughs Academy and Ms Ford is our SENDTA. They work together with the wider staff team and local professionals to ensure the highest possible outcomes and expectations for pupils with SEND at our Academy.
Our aim is to:
• Provide an environment which will support the emotional health and well-being of all the pupils.
• Support targeted children in developing social, emotional and behavioural skills within the school setting.
• Support and empower families who may be experiencing difficulties.
We educate our young people with excellence and equity so that they may feel at ease in the world.Michael Young and David Lambert
Witham St Hughs Academy has a climate of trust, respect and confidence, and our pupils can seek support from teachers, support staff and each other whenever the need may arise.
In addition to this, children are able to access specific pastoral support at any time throughout the day via Ms Ford and Mrs Dexter. This specialist pastoral support network offers both emotional and practical support for pupils and can draw on external agencies for further specialised support if necessary.
If the need arises, and with the consent of parents, families can be signposted to the support of relevant outside agencies.
Pastoral care at Witham St Hughs Academy does not stop when the children leave for secondary school. We welcome any previous children back if they feel that we would be able to offer support in any way.
Pastoral Support Sessions
The pastoral staff at Witham St Hughs Academy offer a range of small group sessions for children who may be experiencing difficulty with matters affecting themselves, family and home. These sessions can cover important issues such as divorce and separation, grief and loss, anxiety and anger alongside other everyday issues that families may face. There is designated time for children who are Young Carers, adopted or in care, or whose parents serve in the Armed Forces. The school provides a morning and afternoon drop in session to support children on a daily basis in a dedicated nurture room. Children can also spend time in here for sensory support and calm time when required.
If parents or guardians have a worry or concern about their child’s learning, emotional well-being or social interaction, they should contact a member of staff to discuss these further (this would normally be the child’s class teacher in the first instance). Where there is a need, that cannot be accessed within or by school, advice and sign posting can be given to agencies and services, who will be able to provide support.
We ask that parents support school by communicating any difficulties that their child/ren may be experiencing.
Please feel welcome to drop into school or make contact via the school office on 01522 869590.
Other organisations that might be helpful:
www.childline.org.uk Childline: 0800 1111
www.themix.org.uk Free and confidential help for under 25s by phone, email, SMS or webchat.
www.singleparents.org.uk An information site for anyone who is raising children on their own.
www.nspcc.org.uk Tel: 01522 545225
www.youngcarer.com Supporting young carers and their families.
Babble Carers Trust Offers information and support to young carers.
YoungMinds YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Samaritans Tel: 116 123 (Call anytime)
Relate Tel: 0300 1001234
https://lincolnshire.fsd.org.uk/kb5/lincs/fsd/home.page Family Services and Local Offer Directory
https://www.mariecollinsfoundation.org.uk/mcf/useful-links A UK charity supporting children who have been abused via the internet and mobile technologies.