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Our school community is committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle. We continue to work towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle and have recently again been awarded with our Healthy Schools Award 2023. On arrival and either at morning or afternoon break, fruit or a healthy alternative is available to most learners. Parents and carers are encouraged to ensure that packed lunches are as healthy and nutritionally balanced as possible. Water is provided within school. We kindly request that sweets and fizzy drinks are not sent into school.

Emotional Well-being

We believe the core principles and objectives of PSHE underpin the aims of all our learners. We believe in supporting our learners to be independent, to enjoy every element of their lives, to achieve more than they can imagine and we will do this together. We challenge what is possible, and any limits put in place by others. We work with our learners to be as independent as they can be, to ensure they have a feeling of self-worth. We work together with our learners and families to strive to enrich the whole lives of our learners.

We do this together because we all have occasions where we need support and help. Accepting and seeking this is a sign of strength, and we model this to create an ethos of tolerance and support.

We believe supporting the personal, social and emotional development of our learners is integral to ensuring they become the best they can be. To achieve this, we place this as a key area of focus on every learners’ personal learning plan (PLP). Every outcome is truly individualised for each learner and under the ‘social, emotional and mental health’ section we work towards a longer-term outcome which is agreed in, EHC reviews and is written into every learners’ EHC plan. The PLP’s are reviewed at least once a term and EHC outcomes at least once annually.

Relationship education and Sex education (RSE) forms part of the PSHE curriculum and seeks to enable learners to learn and understand about how the human body functions; and long term, and as appropriate to their needs, explore feelings about love, and sexuality, and enjoy relationships based on mutual respect and responsibility free from any abuse. Learners are entitled to learn about sex and relationships.

To further support the emotional well-being of our learners, we have a range of interventions, specifically designed and planned for each learner whom it is felt would benefit. These include Th.Inc, Wilderness Therapy, Water Play, Alpaca Therapy and many others.

We have a policy of zero tolerance of bullying. Please refer to the Anti-bullying and PSHE policy.

Health Professionals

We have strong working relationships with all professionals and this is essential to meeting our learners’ needs. School staff work closely and collaboratively with many professionals. These include: Health Advisors; Speech and Language therapists; Hearing Impairment specialists; Visual Impairment Specialists, Physiotherapists and Social workers. Therapists and other professionals work from our specialist rooms. These provide space for 1:1 sessions, group work and for meetings with parents.