Inclusion at St Sampson’s High School

As a Rights Respecting School, at St Sampson’s School everything within our ethos and values is based around the human rights of all children. We are committed to developing an inclusive curriculum which means that all students, whatever their needs or abilities, are entitled to have access to the academic and social life of the School so that they are able to make the best possible progress.

Purposes:

  • To create an inclusive ethos
  • To facilitate fullest access to the curriculum for all students
  • To provide the necessary support for those who experience learning difficulties
  • To ensure consistency of approach
  • To enable all students to maximise their potential
  • To promote self-esteem and positive attitudes towards learning
  • To raise the awareness of teachers of their responsibilities towards students with special educational needs
  • To develop a supportive environment and sense of community.

Meet the Inclusion Team.

Our Inclusion Policy can be found here.

Links to outside agencies

As a school we work closely with a number of agencies that we feel are relevant to meeting the needs of all of our students. These include:

Youth Commission

Youth Justice

Les Voies Outreach

CAMHS

Educational Psychology Service

School Attendance Service – Kirsty Furley

School Nurse

Action for Children

Share nurses

Social Services

Community Police – PC Nicholas Boughay

At St. Sampson’s, we value personal growth alongside academic development.  We prioritise time for personal and character development and well-being within our core curriculum offer for all students.  We know and understand that Mentally healthy children are more successful in school and life. 

We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health.  Being mentally healthy means that we feel good about ourselves, make and keep positive relationships with others and can feel and manage a full range of emotions.  These can range from happiness, excitement and curiosity to less comfortable feelings such as anger, fear or sadness.  Good mental health allows us to cope with life’s ups and downs, to feel in control of our lives and to ask for help from others when we need support.

St. Sampson’s offers an enriched pastoral character curriculum, embodying our motto ‘Learning together’. Our character education includes core values of x y z and are explored in a PSHCE framework to provide a coherent curriculum offering breadth and depth through years 7-11. Throughout the programme of study, students will explore a range of age-related topics from health and well-being, relationships and living in the wider world.

The 5 steps to well-being are promoted widely through assemblies, tutor activities, PSHCE and the core curriculum offer.

Maintaining Mental Health

Self-isolating and social distancing may be causing you to feel worried. It is important at all times, including when there is a change to your daily routine to look after your mental health.

It is important to:

  • Stay connected with friends and family – video calls are great for this
  • Stay calm
  • Find techniques to help you cope when you feel stressed
  • Access/ask for help when you need it

Asking for Help

If you feel like you are having a mental health crisis, you can access help using one of the numbers below:

Resources and Services

A range of breathing exercises, activities, games and videos to help you feel calmer.

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/

Access ‘The Coping Calendar’ for strategies to look after ourselves and others during a crisis

https://www.actionforhappiness.org/coping-calendar

The young minds website provides lots of advice on a range of feelings and conditions as well as providing advice on how to look after your mental health

https://youngminds.org.uk/

The mental health foundation have provided a range of tool-kits for students and parents on how to keep yourself mentally healthy and what to do if you’re struggling.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-schools-make-it-count

The NHS website provides lots of advice relating to mental health and mindfulness.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mindfulness/

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Students have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

Students have a learning difficulty if they:

have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age

have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in similar schools

Students must not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught. These are considered EAL (English as an Additional Language) students.

Areas of need

The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (Guernsey) states ‘The main areas of learning difficulty are Cognition and Learning; Behaviour, Emotional and Social Development; Communication and Interaction; Sensory and/or Physical Impairment.’

Further information for parents can be found by clicking this link.

https://www.gov.gg/sen

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities at St Sampson’s High School

At St Sampson’s High School we value the achievement of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and encourage all students to reach their potential.

We believe in positive intervention, removing barriers to learning, raising expectations and levels of achievement and working in partnership with other agencies in order to provide a positive, meaningful educational experience for all our students.

The school motto is ‘Learning Together’.  All students are valued as individuals and encouraged to work with their peers.  The school community is committed to the academic and personal development of all students regardless of ability. We recognise the diverse and individual needs of all of our students and consider the additional support required by those children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We strive to provide the opportunity for all students, regardless of their specific needs, to make the best possible progress.

The objectives of St Sampson’s SEND provision are:

To maintain and develop an inclusive ethos in which every student can grow to personal fulfilment and realise their full potential and character.

To ensure access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum for all students.

To identify students with additional needs and disabilities and to implement appropriate programmes/strategies to meet those needs as far as resources will allow.

To raise the self-esteem of students with additional needs and disabilities and to assist them to develop their independence.

To create an environment where school, parents/carers and outside agencies work together for the benefit of SEND students.

To provide appropriate advice and guidance for teaching staff to help them meet the needs of SEND students in the classroom.

Supporting SEND students at St Sampson’s High School:

We aim to support our students with SEND and their parents and carers so that they can achieve their potential and increase their life chances.

Provision and support exists throughout the school for students with special educational needs and disabilities. SEND provision is an integral part of our overall school provision.  Teachers use the SEND data we collect from primary schools and our own information and assessments to plan lessons and differentiate provision for students with SEND.

Learning Plans and Pupil Passports are in place for students with SEND who require specific adjustments to be made for them in school.  All teachers have access to this information via Classcharts.

The provision may be, but not exclusive to;  targeted interventions for memory difficulties, dyslexia and literacy, numeracy, social skills development,  curriculum support, handwriting development, behaviour management, mentoring, support with organisation and planning.  We aim to be quick at identifying under-achievement and addressing it at individual or group level.

We offer in-class support with a team of highly dedicated Learning Support Assistants.

We have a Student Support Centre (SSC) where specialist staff work with students requiring interventions and support with learning.  The SSC also provides a base for more vulnerable students at the start of the school day, during break and lunchtimes.

We are an inclusive school and have students with a range of SEND in our year groups.  The Inclusion Team strives to support students across the 11 – 16 age range by working closely with other departments, outside agencies and Educational Psychologists to personalise the learning of SEND students and maximise their learning opportunities.

The SEND Department’s work includes:

Providing focused in-class support/targeted interventions/mentoring as far as resources will allow.

Monitoring, assessing and observing students that teachers are concerned about and providing expertise around individual student’s needs and strategies for supporting them.

Partnership work with our primary feeder schools.

Preparing reports in relation to students’ needs for outside agencies.

Managing any SEND referrals to outside agencies or specialists.

Working in multi-disciplinary teams supporting SEND students with complex needs or who are vulnerable.

Providing Access arrangements for examinations for students with SEND.

Mrs Claire Avary, Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), manages the SEND team and can be contacted by email:  [email protected]

The SEND Department is part of the Inclusion Team click here for more information about The Inclusion Team

Year 7

The cohort for year 7 2019 consists of 162 students across a 7 form entry.

We have 7 experienced, approachable and talented tutors who will be responsible for the social and emotional well being of their tutees. The tutors in year 7 are:

Mrs N Ozanne – 7NOE

Mr M Stevens – 7MSS

Mrs G Flatley – 7GFY

Mr A Newman – 7ANN

Mrs D Birch – 7DBH

Mrs G Wright – 7GWT

Mr D Price – 7DPE

The transition experience has been a very enjoyable experience that has included a wonderful Set Sail team building opportunity where every pupil had the chance to sail on one of the three Bristol Cutters with members of their primary school.  We have also carried out two very successful transition days where students joined us at St.Sampson’s High from their primary schools – first for a half day in May and then for a whole day on the 17th June. The students were able to meet with their tutors and participate in a range of interesting lessons across all subjects from Design Technology to Maths, Religious Studies to Modern Foreign Languages. They also had the opportunity to explore the school site, visit the canteen and socialise with other students across the school during break and lunchtimes. Feedback from the visits was very positive with many highlighting how safe and happy they felt when they visited and how excited they were to be moving to secondary school ready to take on all the challenges to be offered.

Tutor groups and houses

The tutor groups are comprised of on average 23 students and each group is assigned a house and colour – Jethou (Yellow), Brecqhou (blue) and Lihou (red). The houses come into their own during larger events such as charities day and sports day but are also important on a smaller scale through merit totals and inter house competitions. There is a trophy awarded to the winning house with the most points at the end of each year. It is our intention this year to run an inter tutor group league where points would be awarded for participation in assemblies, the winner of the weekly quiz and other noteworthy contributions to tutor time and the pastoral life of the school.

Tutor Time

Tutor time is vital in setting the tone for learning at the beginning of the day and so it is vital that students’ are on time and attend their tutor bases every morning. The tutor will be responsible for checking equipment including iPad and giving notices to students. They will be encouraging participation in a range of morning activities including critical thinking conundrums, assemblies, Accelerated Reader, Newsround discussions and weekly themed quizzes. Any suggestions from students about other items they may wish to be considered for use during tutor time can be discussed with their form tutor.

Attendance

Attendance at school is directly linked to successes in exams and results. If you are not in school, you are not able to learn! Tutors will receive weekly attendance updates for their students and any absences will be discussed and reasons recorded. If your child is off school please contact the main school office who will be able to update the registers accordingly. It is the responsibility of the student to then see the staff for the lessons missed and catch up on any work that needs to be completed.

Newsletter

It is our intention this year to establish a year 7 newsletter once a term (3 times a year) with the aim of providing information to parents and staff about what we have been doing that term. It will be run by a team of students forming an Editorial Team and there is a possibility of mentoring from a local digital marketing agency – The Potting shed. This would appeal to students who like writing report articles, interviewing students and taking photographs of important events.

Activities & Social events

There are so many activities on offer within St. Sampson’s High for students – ranging from sports clubs to drama and music. Staff are keen to offer new experiences and support pupils to develop their extra-curricular pursuits and all year 7’s are encouraged to participate in at least one club / activity not least because it provides an opportunity to make new friends as well as possibly learn a new skill.

There will also be many social events students can get involved in this year including Christmas party, Panto, Mini prom and many fundraising events linked to charities day as a whole school and other year 7 specific events.

Identity & Communication

We are very keen to build a strong sense of identity across the year group that will hopefully follow the students all the way through until they leave in Year 11. We have developed a font specific to the year group which will be used on all correspondence and will seek to develop a logo to be used in association with all year group events with the input of the students’ during the Autumn Term 2017. Miss Wenlock, our creative guru, has created a key ring for each member of year 7 as a welcome gift into St.Sampson’s High, which we hope students will keep good care of and serve to associate them with our year team.

To support and publicise our year group, it is our intention to develop an Instagram account that will allow parents and students to see what we are doing in school. This will be linked into the newsletter communication and feature photographs and information about student achievements and school events. In addition parents will be able to contact us and students manage their daily schedules via our new online diary programme called Milk. Information about this facility was given out at the parents evening in June and further details about its capabilities will become apparent as the programme is embedded into the life of the school.

Team building

Students at St.Sampson’s High will all have the opportunity to take part in a team building day within the first weeks of the Autumn term. This will take place at Rue Mainguy and involve many different activities allowing the students’ time to get to know each other better outside of a school context and for them to work alongside their tutor and other tutor groups too. There is talk of the staff dressing up for this event too…..so watch this space!

Fundraising

It is our intention in year 7 to undertake many fundraising activities aimed at providing money to support the students. All money raised will directly benefit members of year 7 – whether by providing rewards trips for good behaviour, contributing towards end of tern parties or providing assistance if students wish to partake in other events that would benefit from some financial support from school. Each tutor group will be responsible for organising an event each half term so there will be 6 across the year linked to the calendar and time of year – i.e. Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter and Summer. Whilst staff will take a supporting role, the onus will be on the students to manage and lead these events to develop their teamwork and organisational skills.

Year 8

In year 8 we have 128 pupils over a sixth form entry.

We have 7 exceptionally talented, experienced and dedicated members of staff who are:

Mr I Garner- 8IGR

Mr C Murphy- 8CMY

Mrs J Roberts- 8JRS

Mrs J Herbert- 8JHT

Mr A Manning- 8AMG

Mrs E Porterfield and Miss N Curtis- 8EPD

Tutor groups and houses

The tutor groups are comprised of on average 23 students and each group is assigned a house and colour – Jethou (Yellow), Brecqhou (blue) and Lihou (red). The houses come into their own during larger events such as charities day and sports day but are also important on a smaller scale through merit totals and inter house competitions. There is a trophy awarded to the winning house with the most points at the end of each year.

Tutor Time

Tutor time is vital in setting the tone for learning at the beginning of the day and so it is vital that students’ are on time and attend their tutor bases every morning. The tutor will be responsible for checking equipment including iPad and giving notices to students. They will be encouraging participation in a range of morning activities including critical thinking conundrums, assemblies, Accelerated Reader, Newsround discussions and weekly themed quizzes. Any suggestions from students about other items they may wish to be considered for use during tutor time can be discussed with their form tutor.
It is also important that pupils see their form tutors each morning to let them know of any difficulties they may be experiencing.

Attendance

Attendance at school is directly linked to successes in exams and results. If you are not in school, you are not able to learn! Tutors will receive weekly attendance updates for their students and any absences will be discussed and reasons recorded. If your child is off school please contact the main school office who will be able to update the registers accordingly. It is the responsibility of the student to then see the staff for the lessons missed and catch up on any work that needs to be completed. The school target is for each and every student to maintain at least 95% attendance. Meetings with Heads of Year will take place if pupils are off school.

Activities & Social Events

There are so many activities on offer within St. Sampson’s High for students – ranging from sports clubs to drama and music. Staff are keen to offer new experiences and support pupils to develop their extra-curricular pursuits and all year 8’s are encouraged to participate in at least one club / activity; not least because it provides an opportunity to make new friends as well as possibly learn a new skill.

Communication

Generally, communication will be made to parents via Class Charts. Please could you check this regularly for any updates concerning upcoming events/ important information.
If any family has an issue that may cause our students to have difficulties during the school day it is imperative that parents/ carers let the school know.

Fundraising

It is our intention in year 8 to undertake many fundraising activities aimed at providing money to support the students. All money raised will directly benefit members of year 8. Each tutor group will be responsible for organising an event each term. Whilst staff will take a supporting role, the onus will be on the students to manage and lead these events to develop their teamwork and organisational skills.

Year 9

In year 9 we have 134 pupils over a sixth form entry.

We have 7 exceptionally talented, experienced and dedicated members of staff who are:

Mrs S Wenlock- 9SWK

Mrs J Foale- 9JFL

Mr P Pearce- 9PPE

Miss G Howe- 9GHE

Miss E Chesters- 9ECS

Miss C Harston- 9ECS (Wednesdays)

Miss C Wilkes Green- 9ABS

Tutor groups and houses

The tutor groups are comprised of on average 23 students and each group is assigned a house and colour – Jethou (Yellow), Brecqhou (blue) and Lihou (red). The houses come into their own during larger events such as charities day and sports day but are also important on a smaller scale through merit totals and inter house competitions. There is a trophy awarded to the winning house with the most points at the end of each year.

Tutor Time

Tutor time is vital in setting the tone for learning at the beginning of the day and so it is vital that students’ are on time and attend their tutor bases every morning. The tutor will be responsible for checking equipment including iPad and giving notices to students. They will be encouraging participation in a range of morning activities including critical thinking conundrums, assemblies, Accelerated Reader, Newsround discussions and weekly themed quizzes. Any suggestions from students about other items they may wish to be considered for use during tutor time can be discussed with their form tutor.

It is also important that pupils see their form tutors each morning to let them know of any difficulties they may be experiencing.

Attendance

Attendance at school is directly linked to successes in exams and results. If you are not in school, you are not able to learn! Tutors will receive weekly attendance updates for their students and any absences will be discussed and reasons recorded. If your child is off school please contact the main school office who will be able to update the registers accordingly. It is the responsibility of the student to then see the staff for the lessons missed and catch up on any work that needs to be completed.  The school target is for each and every student to maintain at least 95% attendance.  Meetings with Heads of Year will take place if pupils are off school.

Activities & Social events

There are so many activities on offer within St. Sampson’s High for students – ranging from sports clubs to drama and music. Staff are keen to offer new experiences and support pupils to develop their extra-curricular pursuits and all year 9’s are encouraged to participate in at least one club / activity; not least because it provides an opportunity to make new friends as well as possibly learn a new skill.

It will be our end of KS3 assembly this year, which is a celebration parents are invited to in order to recap the successes of our cohort during their time at St. Sampson’s High.  It is a farewell to the lower school in readiness for us to enter KS4 learning.

Communication

Generally, communication will be made to parents via Class Charts.  Please could you check this regularly for any updates concerning upcoming events/ important information.

If any family has an issue that may cause our students to have difficulties during the school day it is imperative that parents/ carers let the school know.

Fundraising

It is our intention in year 9 to undertake many fundraising activities aimed at providing money to support the students. All money raised will directly benefit members of year 9. Each tutor group will be responsible for organising an event each term.  Whilst staff will take a supporting role, the onus will be on the students to manage and lead these events to develop their teamwork and organisational skills.

Year 10

There are 129 students in Year 10 across 5 forms.

We have 6 tutors who are responsible for the social and emotional well-being of their tutees. The tutors in Year 10 are:

Mrs R Chamberlain – 10RCN

Miss J Ingles – 10CHN

Mr M Ingrouille – 10MIE

Mr D Lee – 10DLE

Mr S Mauger – 10SMR

Mr B Wooldridge – 10BWE

Tutor groups and houses

The tutor groups are comprised of on average 25 students and each group is assigned a house and colour – Jethou (yellow), Brecqhou (blue) and Lihou (red). The houses come into their own during larger events such as the Swimarathon, Sports day and Children in Need but are also important on a smaller scale through merit totals and inter house competitions. There is a trophy awarded to the winning house with the most points at the end of each year.

In Year 10 and 11, students will have the opportunity to take on leadership roles within their house including House Captain, Media rep and Sports Captain.

Tutor Time

Tutor time is vital in setting the tone for learning at the beginning of the day and so it is vital that students’ are on time and attend their tutor bases every morning. The tutor will be responsible for checking uniform and equipment including iPad and giving notices to students. They will be encouraging participation in a range of morning activities including critical thinking conundrums, assemblies, study skills and weekly themed literacy activities. Any suggestions from students about other items they may wish to be considered for use during tutor time can be discussed with their form tutor.

Attendance

Attendance at school is directly linked to successes in exams and results. If you are not in school, you are not able to learn! Tutors will receive weekly attendance updates for their students and any absences will be discussed and reasons recorded. If your child is off school please contact the main school office who will be able to update the registers accordingly. It is the responsibility of the student to then see the staff for the lessons missed and catch up on any work that needs to be completed.

Activities & Social events

There are so many activities on offer within St. Sampson’s High for students – ranging from sports clubs to drama and music. Staff are keen to offer new experiences and support pupils to develop their extra-curricular pursuits and all year 10’s are encouraged to participate in at least one club / activity each week. All activities are listed on the school Facebook page which is regularly updated.

There are also a number of revision clubs/activities that will run throughout the year. Year 10 students are encouraged to attend in preparation for their exams.

Communication

Generally, communication with parents and students will be made via Class Charts. Information about important events will also be posted on the school Facebook page. Please check these platforms regularly for updates.

Fundraising

It is our intention for year 10 students to undertake many fundraising activities aimed at providing money to support the students. All money raised will directly benefit members of year 10 – whether by providing rewards trips, contributing towards end of celebrations or the Prom.  Whilst staff will take a supporting role, the onus will be on the students to manage and lead these events to develop their teamwork and organisational skills.

We will be forming a Prom committee to assist in the organisation of the Prom in 2021. Any students who are interested in being part of this committee should raise their interest with Miss Addlesee.

Work Experience

In the summer term, Year 10 students will have the opportunity to embark on a week of work experience. All work experience is valuable and students should do their best to attend each day. Please ensure that all work experience paperwork and tasks are completed on time to enable the process to run as smoothly as possible.

Year 11

Head of Year 11 Mr C Haimes.

We have 6 experienced and approachable Form Tutors to support and guide our Y11 pupils through their final year at St, Sampson’s High School.

The Tutors for Y11 are:

Miss A Benjamin 11ABN

Miss M Jones 11MJS

Mrs S Kaine 11SKE

Mr I Mills 11IMS

Mr R Pitman 11RPN

Mr N Vernon 11NVN

Generally, communication with parents and students will be made via Class Charts. Information about important events will also be posted on the school Facebook page. Please check these platforms regularly for updates.

If you have any specific issues regarding your child that you would like to contact school about, please endeavour to speak to their Form Tutor in the first instance, the school office will be happy to pass on a message. If there is a more urgent problem or concern, or you are unable to make contact with Form Tutor, then Head of Year is the next point of contact.