We care deeply about all of our children here at St Benet’s. When children seem upset or anxious, we offer excellent pastoral support. This may be in the form of speaking to an adult in school and discussing the area of concern for the child and offer some support or suggestions to solve the problems. When children are upset more frequently for reasons which may be school or home based, we regularly chat with them to see how they are feeling. We keep parents informed and encourage parents to let us know when children are upset about something at home. We also have a Rainbows group which is a bereavement and counselling session for children struggling with emotions such as grief or anxiety as the result of a parental separation or death.
All staff in school are first aid trained and we have three designated first aid officers in school. When children have any medical issues and require assistance or need to take medication in school (only if prescribed by doctors and for four times a day), then our school secretary, Mrs Readman, will administer any medication at the desired time of the day. Forms for keeping medication on site can be collected from Mrs Readman. For children with more severe medical needs, including Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy or allergies, depending on the severity of the medical condition, Individual Health Care Plans are drawn up in agreement with parents, professionals and staff to ensure that children’s basic and medical needs are considered and cared for.
For children requiring additional social support, we have a number of small intervention groups happening in school including Socially Speaking, Friendship Formula and Time to Talk. These groups are arranged by Mrs Calvert, our SENCO, and are lead by teaching assistants during curriculum time. They happen across the year with chosen children who we believe would benefit from such social intervention programmes.
We are a very caring school with an extremely loving ethos and we ensure that every child’s needs are met as far as possible.