Support for students during the school closure due to Covid 19
As a school, we are aware of the additional pressures on our children and families during the school closure. Please see the safeguarding support leaflet for information about keeping your child safe and during the school closure. You can get in touch with school by ringing 01748 823414 (Monday to Friday 9am- 3:30pm) or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If your child is struggling to access or complete the work or feels overwhelmed then please do let us know so that we can offer some help, advice and support. In the first instance, e-mail the form tutor or Head of Year/Director of Learning. If you are unsure of their e-mail address then you can send a message to them for their attention by e-mailing email@example.com and we will endeavour to get back to you Monday to Friday (9am to 3:30).
Children will be online more during this period of school closure so it's even more important to talk to them about keeping them safe online. We encourage parents to talk to children about their online activity, monitor their usage and encourage them to have some time away from screens each day to support their wellbeing. Please have a look at our monthly e-safety newsletters for more information.
Online Safety Newsletter
Houseparty information newsletter
Being a small school, all of our children are known and cared for as individuals.
All adult members of the school community have high expectations of students with respect to their achievement and their behaviour.
All adult members of our school community are also concerned about the well being of all our young people.
The pastoral support for pupils in St Francis Xavier School is excellent.
Each student is a member of a form class. The Form Tutor is always the main contact that any student has in school. To build the sense of community within the form, pupils share a number of activities throughout the year: weekly quizzes, preparing for form assemblies and a shared charity that they raise funds for throughout the year. They also get involved in the preparation, delivery and participation of collective worship.
Should pupils have any concerns they should always refer them to their form tutor, for them to deal with initially. If for any reason, the Form Tutor cannot resolve the issue, then they will refer it to the Pastoral team, which includes a Pastoral Support Officer, Heads of Year in key stage 3 plus an Assistant and Director of learning for key stage 4.
The role of the Head of Year and Director of learning is to oversee the pastoral welfare of the students in their year groups and to have an overview of student learning. It is the role of the Head of Year and Director of Learning to be aware of any barriers to learning that a student may have and to ensure that relevant support is available to that child. The Head of Year and Director of Learning also has a deputised responsibility for safeguarding.
The size of our school, allows us to know each of our children personally. In turn, this allows us to offer the very highest standards of pastoral care and guidance for them.
In order to ensure that we can fully support all our pupils, whatever their needs, the school works in partnership with many other agencies that offer support to young people and their families at times when they may be struggling to cope alone.
How to keep your child safe
Keeping your child safe at school is known as Safeguarding.
Our Child Protection policy details safeguarding in school. Our students know that, should they have a problem or a concern in school then, they should speak to their form tutor or a member of the Pastoral Team.
Students are taught about internet and e-safety through the school curriculum, including PSHEE. We have safeguarding posters in all classrooms reminding students who they can speak to if they have any concerns or worries whilst they are at school.
Useful information about keeping your child safe:
Some of the main agencies we work with are:
The Healthy Child Team for Richmondshire - provide support, advice and intervention for young people and children with their health and wellbeing. The team consists of Sara Pringle who is the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) for Richmondshire, Michele Pearson and Carol Thompson are the Healthy Child Nurses and Kirsty Hugill and Kerry Storey are the team’s Assistant Practitioners; Helen Mcnaught is our screening technician. The contact details for the Healthy Child Team are: telephone: 01609 534298 or we can be contacted by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Young carers - Vicky Stapylton - email@example.com
Young carers are people under the age of 18 who offer regular help to parents, grandparents or siblings. Young carers can have additional responsibilities and concerns and need to feel supported in school. If you have any queries regarding young carers contact Vicky.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services offer support to children, young people and their families who are experiencing significant emotional difficulties or mental health issues. These can be accessed by a referral from your GP.
- Compass Reach
Compass Reach helps young people who are engaged in risk taking behaviour. Students can be referred to Compass Reach by the school.
- Prevention Service
The Prevention Service allows families in North Yorkshire to access a range of support to ensure their children are safe, happy and well. By providing timely and effective responses, North Yorkshire County Council can prevent difficulties escalating to CSC and other services.
- Children's Social Care
Children Social Care offer access to trained social workers and targeted support for families who need more help.
- Local schools’ Collaboration
The local school's collaboration use connections between schools in the area to support the needs of students by accessing the provision of other local schools.
- Service Pupils Champion - Nickie Young - Nickieyoung@northyorks.gov.uk
The Service Pupils Champion supports students with parents who are active or have been active in the armed forces.
Should you feel at any time that your family might benefit from the input of any of these outside agencies, then just contact your child’s Director of Learning and they will be able to advise you further.