Finding your child requires extra support can be very worrying. The school is here to both support your child and work with you and your child so that your child can make the best progress they are capable of. We aim to include both your child and you in decision making and target setting. We hope this is done in a format that enables your child to succeed and build self esteem as well as keeping you informed about your childs progress thus far and their next steps. If you feel this is not the case please do approach your child’s class teacher, the SENCo or the Head teacher who will be happy to work in partnership to this end.
We can also inform and signpost you to other help that may be available. These support pages detail some useful organisations and groups both on a local and national level.
Please do feel free to approach the Headteacher, the SENCo or your child’s class teacher if you would like some information, advice or wish to share or discuss any information.
NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUPPORTING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES.
Edward Timpson, Minister for Children and Families, has written an open letter to parents regarding new arrangements for the support of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Whitchurch Primary School are following the initiatives and arrangements in this letter. Read it here.
If you are looking after a child who is not yours for a period of 28 days or more (even if there are breaks in this period) please read the important advice below.
OFSTED 2018: This is a good school.
Following our two day inspection (May 22nd-23rd 2018) we are ecstatic to announce that OFSTED graded our school ‘good’ in every area possible! Hooray! With front page quotes such as ‘pupils have positive attitudes to learning’, ‘pupils behave well’, ‘Children receive a good start to their education…’, ‘pupils read fluently, with enthusiasm and enjoyment’ and ‘(Children) say they feel safe and enjoy school’, we are all immensely proud of the children’s hard work and achievements.
It is great that the report acknowledges our governors in their support of the school, our hardworking staff for their commitment to education, our parents for their approval (especially those who completed ParentView when requested) and last but not least our amazing children for being ‘polite, courteous and respectful’ whilst working with ‘enthusiasm and enjoyment!’
A standing ovation with ticker tape falling and balloons rising to all!
At Whitchurch Primary School we are constantly striving to make our school even better. By completing this survey you can aid us in this. We will use the information to continue with the good practise within the school, and working on areas you feel need improving.
Mental health and wellbeing: information for parents and carers of primary aged children
Whitchurch Primary School take the emotional health and wellbeing of every child seriously. We believe that the school can help pupils build resilience and support them to be mentally healthy.
We all have ups and downs in life but in childhood it can be particularly hard to cope with sad feelings and worries that arise when things are hard or scary. There may be times when your child is unhappy or struggling emotionally. You may notice that they seem low or worried or that their behaviour changes. We may notice that they seem withdrawn or upset at school.
If you are worried about your child’s mental health then you are not alone. Many parents and carers have similar worries and stresses . There is good support available from local and national organisations. The sooner you seek help the better for your child and you.
The leaflet: Mental health problems in children and young people: guidance for parents and carers provides some useful tips for helping your child plus links to local and national services.
Local services for children
- The School
Please talk to us about your concerns, so that we can work together to help your child feel better. Mr Hornsby, Mrs Lawson and Mrs James are the school Designated Safeguarding Leads. Please approach any of these teachers.
- Your GP
A GP can check any physical symptoms linked to your child’s health and talk with you about their emotional well-being making a referral to a specialist service if necessary.
Parents/carers can contact the Bath and North East Somerset School Nurse Service for advice and support on a range of health issues.
A free NHS service that assesses and treats 0-18-year olds with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.
- Off the Record Counselling service for young people
Websites that offer information and advice
The following organisations provide reliable information and advice to help parent/carers to support their child when experiencing emotional difficulties:-
Young Minds: - Help for Parents Information about all aspects of child mental health, including a Parent Helpline 0800 802 5544.
You’re Never too Young to Talk Mental Health – leaflet for parent/carers of primary aged children.
Childline Lots of information and tips for children of all ages about feelings and difficult situations.
Minded for Families Free learning resource about mental health for parents and carers.
Happy Maps Lots of information about health topics including mental health, organised under different age groups including pre-school and primary age.
Looking after your own mental health
In order to support your child, you need to stay strong and well yourself. It isn’t easy being a parent or carer especially when you are experiencing problems of your own such as relationship difficulties, money worries, problems with work. Often it helps to talk to someone, so don’t be scared about doing this, with friends, family, your GP or a support service. The following organisations can also offer information and advice to help you.
Directory and database of groups, activities and courses in the community that can support adult wellbeing.
Accessed through G.P or self-referral.
Available to anyone registered with a GP in B&NES. This service provides support in finding specialist services and community groups to help individuals experiencing mental health and wellbeing issues to take control of their situation.
Tel: 01225 316199
Samaritans. Tel: free 116 123
NHS Choices: moodzone. Helps manage stress, anxiety, depression. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing
Agencies and services to support parents and carers in vulnerable situations
Links to a range of services supporting physical, social and emotional needs across the area.
1 Big Database links to a wide range of useful information for families including Ofsted registered childcare, parenting support, groups, clubs and events.
Signposts to organisations, services, support, activities and groups for children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs.
Independent charity that provides free, impartial advice and information on a range of issues including housing, employment and debt.
The information on this page has been provided by B&NES Council Public Health Team