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Autumn Term 2019

This has been an extremely busy Autumn Term, with us recently undertaking the accreditation for the Quality in Careers Standard award, setting up a brand new workshop in Wykeham in partnership with Dawnay Estates to deliver BTEC Construction qualification to our Pathways Project cohort, as well as finishing off the refurbishment of the Design Technology workshop in school. A big thank you goes to the site team of Mr Adens and Mr White who completed the Design Technology refurbishment on Fridays whilst the room wasn’t in use. Mrs Pinder has big plans with the introduction of a new GCSE qualification to really make the most of the new room and equipment! We couldn’t do any of this development work whilst continuing to support all our young people without the hard work and dedication of our staff team – who are the driving force behind everything we do.

Student Voice is extremely important to us, we ensure that our boys are included in all staff recruit days, meet regularly as a Student Council to address issues raised through Tutor group discussions or Unit Forum meetings. In the Spring Term, our Student Council will be attending the ‘Student Wellbeing’ training sessions led by NYCC so they can continue to support their peers and contribute to our whole school wellbeing priorities during 2020.

This academic year we also introduced ‘Meet the Head’ sessions, to give each cohort the opportunity once a term to have a formal meeting with myself to discuss key issues and suggestions that the boys may have. The feedback from the boys reminds me how lucky I am to have the opportunity to work with such amazingly creative and inquisitive minds every day! Some of the comments made this term are:

Brompton Hall has helped me interact and socialise because I used to spend my entire time at home in my room and I barely left the house” Year 6

Bullying is dealt with a lot better than at my old school” Year 9

Staff are very supportive and feel like close family members on unitsYear 11

Parent & Carer Voice – we would like to hear your views on a number of key issues so will be sending out via email a feedback survey twice a year, in addition to the usual ‘Annual Review Parent & Carer’ survey. This is your opportunity to let us know what we are doing well and how else we can support you and your child during their time at Brompton Hall School. Please don’t wait until the surveys are sent out, if you have any issues you want us to address then please contact the school to speak directly to your child’s Class Tutor or Keyworker.

In September we introduced our Wellbeing Hub, which is a designated space for the support services who provide additional support for our young people and their families.

Wellbeing Hub Current Services:

  • Careers advice and support from our Specialist Careers Advisor: 1:1 meetings for students with our Independent Specialist Carers Advisor, to ensure our young people have a clear idea of the potential post-16 pathways available to them after Brompton Hall School;
  • Health and Medical advice and support for young people, parents & carers from our School Nurse;
  • 1:1 Counselling by our Specialist Counsellor on Tuesdays and Wednesdays;
  • 1:1 therapy and mindfulness by our Wellbeing Support Worker on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays;

The 1:1 wellbeing sessions are for any students who have been identified as needing the additional support for reasons such as anger issues, emotional support for family issues and anxiety problems. Referrals are made on an individual basis, with parent / carer consent where we feel that a student may need additional support during a specific period of time. Wellbeing Hub team liaise with parents when required and have an agreement to offer weekly phone calls to one parent each Monday, although we are hoping to extended the service to work with more parents if required. We are currently considering extending our current support service to include the following – please let us know if you think any of the following would be useful.

  • Parental / Carers support and counselling services;
  • Telephone 'check-in' with parents in the holidays to offer support and advice;
  • 'On Call' in school holidays for emergencies;

 Attendance continues to be a key area of focus for us as a school, this term both staff and students have been unlucky enough to catch the various ‘bugs’ doing the rounds – as a result currently our overall attendance is around 90%. All parents / carers want the best for their children and for them to get on well in life. Having a good education is important to ensure that our young people have the best opportunities in their adult life. They only get one chance at school, and your child’s future may be affected by not attending school regularly. If children do not attend school regularly they may:

  • Struggle to keep up with school work.
  • Miss out on the social side of school life. Poor attendance can affect children’s ability to make and keep friendships which is a vital part of growing up.

 What can you do to help?

  • If you suspect that your child may be missing school or is unhappy at school, you should contact us as soon as possible so that we can work with you to resolve any difficulties.
  • Be on alert for any particular reasons for non-attendance, such as bullying or problems with school work and discuss these with the staff team.
  • If your child is ill or absent for any other reasons, contact the school on the first day of absence

 Did you know the facts?

  • Attending school every day = 100% attendance;
  • Attending 4½ days a week = 90% attendance = 4 weeks missed per year;
  • Attending 4 days a week = 80% attendance = more than half a term missed per year;
  • Attending 3½ days each week = 70% attendance = more than a quarter of the school year missed;
  • An average attendance of 80% or less across a child’s school career adds up to missing a whole 2 years from school.

If you have any concerns about your child’s attendance - please contact Mrs Lightfoot, our Placement Support Officer or a member of the Senior Management Team – let us see how we can support your child together in achieving their full potential.

In September we introduced our Wellbeing Hub, which is a designated space for the support services who provide additional support for our young people and their families.

And finally my regular holiday quote from the wise Dr Seuss…….

“I don’t need anything more for Christmas than this right here. My family.” ~ The Grinch

That Grinch is a mean one, but the Christmas season wouldn’t be complete without him. At first glance he appears to stand for everything Christmas isn't, but what people often don't realise that the Grinch was just misunderstood and if you think about it, he's actually really relatable. Think about all the times you just don't feel like seeing people or all the times you'd rather stay at home than get ready to go out and go to a family event. The Grinch is the same way. He's a little ruder, greedy and just an all-out miserable being, but by the end of the story he realises what the joy of having company is. It's not Christmas he hated; it was feeling lonely and neglected from the people near him which made he so miserable. I hope you enjoy spending time with your families and loved ones during the upcoming holiday - take the time to make sure the people near you feel loved and wanted, unlike The Grinch!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Ms Young

Headteacher

Ps. Remember there isn’t a training day on 6th January 2020 so I look forward to welcoming back to school both staff and students at 8.30am for the first day of term