Bishop Aldhelm's CE
Loved by God; United in Learning
Dear Children & Parents,
We are very excited to be able to keep in contact with you virtually until we meet again personally.
It's only natural that you might be feeling overwhelmed right now, trying to figure out a new routine, making sense of the changes that we are all going through. It will get easier and we are all learning together.
We thought it would be a nice idea for you to be able to contact us in times where you might want some extra help whilst you are trying to make sense of it all. So we have set up a new email address where you can contact us!
You could send an email to let us know how you are feeling or send a picture of something great you are doing that's helping you to smile. Our new email address is also for parents too and we have some fantastic resources for you to use at home to help your children understand these changing times.
Our email address is; Pastoral@bishopaldhelms.poole.sch.uk
We are really looking forward to receiving emails from you!
To help you look after your mental health, we are posting Stormbreak videos onto our school Facebook page Monday-Friday. Children access Stormbreak in school so it would be great for them to carry this on at home.
Angelina & Jo
At Bishop Aldhelm’s we know that children learn best when they feel happy, safe and secure. All staff work together to ensure that children in our care achieve their best educationally, emotionally and socially. Angelina Wilson, our Family Support Worker, and Jo Farmer, our Pastoral Care Worker work in school to support children and their families who are facing challenges in their lives. We are fortunate that we have both Angelina and Sarah Martin in school who are trained ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) and therefore are able to support children with their emotion and social skills. Referrals to the Pastoral Care team can be made by class teachers, families and the children themselves. The Pastoral Care Team is available to support children and their families with challenging circumstances that they may face either at school or at home.
Our SIAMS Inspection in November 2016 graded the school as Outstanding:
Parents praise the school for its inclusiveness and support. They give examples of difficult times in their lives and describe how the school’s actions have supported the whole family. They also appreciate the school’s emphasis on nurturing each individual, however challenging their needs, and the life changing impact this has had on their children and family relationships.’
Our Ofsted Inspection in June 2015 graded the Behaviour and Safety of Our Pupils as Outstanding:
The excellent relationships in the school underpin the trust pupils have in the staff and their complete confidence that they will help them to overcome any worries. Pupils are sure that they could talk over any concerns with an adult, as some said, because ‘adults are really helpful and look after you’, and ‘teachers go out of their way to help.’
Pastoral Care at Bishop Aldhelm’s includes:
* 1:1 support for children to support emotional or social challenges that they are facing
* Stormbreak intervention sessions
* Friendship support
* Anxiety, emotional and behaviour support
* Social Skills Workshops
* Young Carers Groups
* Nurture Groups
* Parenting advice
* Parenting courses
* Coffee mornings for parents and carers
* Referrals to external agencies to help support families
* Training and overseeing our peer mediators
Angelina and Jo can be contacted via the school office or through your child’s class teacher. Alternatively they can be found on the school gates at the beginning and end of the school day.
All children at Bishop Aldhelm's have access to Stormbreak sessions every day, both in class and at breaktime.
Stormbreak develops the following concepts through mentally healthy movement:
During partial school closures, children at home can access Stormbreak sessions Monday-Friday on our school Facebook page.