Gloucester Avenue, Shrub End, Colchester , CO2 9AZ
01206 574524

Providing support for safety, personal well-being, attendance and health

The school takes the personal development and well-being of children very seriously. We know that children are unlikely to flourish unless they are developing positive relationships, feel safe and are adopting healthy life styles.  We also know that some children with SEND are particularly vulnerable when it comes to making and keeping friendships. We address many of these issues in our PHSE (Personal Health and Social Education) curriculum.


We encourage children to develop confidence and resilience. We promote positive behaviour as part of our philosophy of learning. We have a zero tolerance of bullying and  talk about aspects of bullying in assemblies and lessons:  we have very little bullying in our school but when it does occur we work with the children involved  to make sure that it does not happen again. We provide expert help for any child who is experiencing any difficulties with behaviour or relationships from well-trained staff: for example the deputy head or SENDCO.  We will always consult and involve parents in the decision to offer this support. Our specialist help includes our Learning Mentor (Mrs Gooder), Home School Support Worker (Suzanne Fowler) and Play Therapist (Sue Azar). We can also refer to Essex Social, Emotional and Mental Health Specialist Teacher Team and the Educational Psychologist,


Children with serious medical needs have an Individual Health Care Plan which sets out

  • The medical condition and resulting needs, e.g. medication and treatment
  • Support for educational and emotional needs
  • Who provides support: their role and training and who needs to be aware
  • Arrangements for working with parents/carers
  • Support on School trips and journeys
  • Emergency procedures


When a child with medical needs is absent long term from school we make sure we keep her or him in touch with learning and friendships. Our School Nurse provides advice and guidance on managing health difficulties and delivers training to staff e.g. epipen training.



Q.Who will watch out for my child at playtimes to make sure they are safe and well?

A. We have a well-trained team of Learning Support Assistants who supervise playtimes. A very important part of their role is to keep a close eye on everything that is happening at lunch and break times and intervene if any child is feeling stressed or sad.