Avalon School

Health and Wellbeing

At Avalon School we understand that our pupil’s health and wellbeing directly impact on their ability to learn and reach their full potential.  We believe in a joined-up approach working closely with parents, carers, health professionals and outside agencies to ensure that individual needs are met.  Teaching and support staff are trained to deal with day to day medical and personal care needs as outlined in individual Pupil Care Plans.

Nurture breakfast

Every morning our students are welcomed into their class by the class team and offered breakfast of their choice.  It is a time for nourishment and an opportunity to have a period of time to settle into the day.  Some classes ‘buy’ their breakfast so it feels like a café, most students choose and make their own breakfast and if they do not want something to eat it can be a time for a structured chat or to look at the news.

Thrive

Thrive is a dynamic, developmental approach to working with children and young people that helps teachers and support staff to interpret their behaviour and address their emotional needs, starting with an assessment of each child.

When our skilled Thrive practitioners have assessed the child against the Thrive framework, which is a program that creates an action plan and measures outcome, they deliver play and arts activities in one-to-one sessions, in small group sessions, or support teams in class.  There is a focus on being in relationship with trusted adults and staff members.

The Thrive approach facilitates children and young people to:

  • Feel good about themselves.
  • Know that they matter.
  • Become more resilient and resourceful.
  • Have a positive place in society.
  • Form trusting, rewarding relationships.
  • Be creative.
  • Be compassionate and empathetic.
  • Be thoughtful and self-aware.
  • Be productive.
  • Be able to overcome difficulties and setbacks.

Therapies

Avalon School works in partnership with a range of professionals in the fields of speech and language, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and drama therapy.  Referrals are made by class teachers with parent carer permission and consultation and interventions support our children and young people to access learning.

Educational Psychology Support

Avalon School students and staff are supported by a team of educational psychologists who carefully plan, deliver and review whole class and individual support to improve our children’s and young people’s learning.  They offer supervision to staff and build resilience and relationships so that teachers and their staff teams can develop their thinking about our students’ education.

The National Curriculum

Avalon School follows the guidance in the National Curriculum and covers the subjects relevant to Key Stage 3 as follows:

  • English (Reading, Writing and Spoken Language)
  • Maths (Number, Geometry, Measurement and Statistics)
  • Science
  • Art and Design
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Foreign languages
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Sex and Relationships Education
  • Citizenship

 

 

PSHE

All pupils are taught a rich programme of learning through PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) including Relationships and Sex Education.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education is a subject embedded throughout the curriculum by which pupils are supported to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for a good and purposeful life in the wider community.

Thrive

Thrive is a dynamic, developmental approach to working with children and young people that helps teachers and support staff to interpret their behaviour and address their emotional needs, starting with an assessment of each child.

When our skilled Thrive practitioner has assessed the child against the Thrive framework which is a program that creates an action plan and measures outcome, she and her assistant will deliver play and arts activities in one-to-one sessions, in small group sessions, or support teams in class.  There is a focus on being in relationship with trusted adults and staff members.

The Thrive approach facilitates children and young people to:

  • Feel good about themselves
  • Know that they matter
  • Become more resilient and resourceful
  • Have a positive place in society
  • Form trusting, rewarding relationships
  • Be creative
  • Be compassionate and empathetic
  • Be thoughtful and self-aware
  • Be productive
  • Be able to overcome difficulties and setbacks