Headteacher's Welcome

September 2020

Welcome back to school, it is great to have all the children back with us after such a long time away, it has been really uplifting and reassuring for staff to see so many happy children in school. We realise that the children need to reunite and make connections again finding their feet with the length of the school day and learning routines. We also know that children will have had different experiences during lockdown and some children will feel anxious about the current situation and returning to school. We have thought hard about our recovery curriculum and supporting the children both pastorally and academically as they return to school, for some this will be a much longer journey and we know that it will take a while for all of us to feel ourselves again! Please follow the link to our recovery curriculum.

We acknowledge that our children need a child-centred holistic approach rooted in faith which focuses on mental health and well-being. This approach will support re-connecting our children to other adults, children, learning and the curriculum. We will be starting with our mission statement and love being at the core of all we do, giving children reassurance and a focus on reconnecting and re-building relationships here at school but also beyond. We will provide a nurturing environment supported by our focus on values education using our acronym RESILIENCE which features all of our school values and the Gospel values of hope, compassion, love, discipleship, faith, forgiveness and justice.

We will continue to populate our new mental health page on the website under the parents section so please take a look and use some of the resources. A key feature will be our 5 Ways to Well-being approach inspired by the NHS initiative and New Economics Foundation, which focuses on; CONNECTING, BEING ACTIVE, TAKING NOTICE, KEEPING LEARNING AND GIVING.

Alison Chambers