We believe that to nurture the whole child enables them to thrive and flourish in their education and for life. Pastoral care is the name we give to all the other stuff we do to look after children’s well-being; whether that is emotional, physical or spiritual.
We have a trained Teaching Assistant, Mrs Shuttleworth, who runs nurture groups to support children’s emotional wellbeing.
She runs regular ‘Happy to be Me’ programmes. This 6 session programme is aimed at children (ages 6 – 11 years) who may be experiencing low self-esteem, lack of confidence, attachment problems and/or feeling insecure. However, it is also a valuable programme for children with healthy self-esteem to learn essential ‘self-esteem maintenance’ tools that they will be able to draw upon for their lifetime.
She responds to referrals made by class teachers to provide additional support for a child. She is available throughout the school day to engage with children in supporting them with challenging circumstances that they may be facing either at school or at home. These can vary considerably from friendship problems to bereavement; transition in and out of school to house and school moves; being equipped with appropriate social skills to self-esteem building.
We have a developed a whole school food policy in response to the growing national concerns about children’s health and wellbeing linked to their diet. In 2016 we overhauled our food provisions for our Breakfast and After School Club, removing high sugar content foods and introducing more wholesome alternatives -replacing squash with milk or water and jam with savoury spreads.
Our school meals provider is ‘The School Lunch Company’. All of our school meals are freshly prepared, healthy and nutritionally balanced – and also very popular with our children!
We are not only committed to providing healthy foods ourselves and educating our children about healthy eating; we wish to support our parents and carers with promoting healthy eating at home. We have run several parent workshops linked to healthy eating and oral health alongside the Community Dental Services welcome opportunities to run information events for our families.
We have a great range of physical after school activities available to our children on top of our PE Curriculum. Our break and lunchtimes have sporting activities available to children as well as their free play – with ball games being held in our dedicated ball area inside a SMOOGA, skipping activities, hula-hoops and other fun fitness play.
As part of the Burford Partnership our school takes part in sporting tournaments and festivals. The tournament provides our children the opportunity to compete against other schools and the whole year group festivals mean that all pupils have the chance to try something new.
The whole school has taken part in many fundraising fitness challenges for charities, including our race-for-life in aid of Cancer Research UK and skip-a-thons for the British Heart Foundation.