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What pastoral, medical and social support is available for my child?

Students with medical needs

Greenfield Community College recognises that students at school with medical conditions should be properly supported so that they have full access to education, including school trips and physical education. Each medical need will be assessed with regards to the individual students and personalised plans will be implemented where needed. Some children with medical conditions may be disabled and where this is the case the school will comply with its duties under the Equality Act 2010. Medicines policy

Progress & Guidance Team

The team help all students in relation to their care and support both inside and outside the classroom. Behaviour and achievement is monitored closely by staff and issues are addressed quickly and effectively, leading to better learners and enhanced performance in the classroom. The P&G Team have a wide range of responsibilities such as: attendance, punctuality, behaviour, student progress, bullying, detentions, friendship issues, family problems etc. We endeavour to solve any issues that create barriers to learning. The P&G Team work closely with parents/carers as well as other agencies to provide the most effective support for students.  

School Behaviour Policy

The Progress and Guidance Team can be contacted by telephone on 01325 379052. (Aycliffe)   01388 772526, (Shildon)

Mentoring and Support

Year 7 students who we have identified as needing a mentor will work initially with our Transition Assistant; if we feel they still require this support at the end of the year, then the mentoring will be gradually handed over to another member of staff who will be in school once the Transition Assistant has gone back to the primary schools.

All of our Support Assistants and members of the Progress & Guidance team are skilled and experienced in mentoring. The school employs a counsellor, students who require this support can refer themselves or be referred by any member of staff or a parent or carer.

All students will have a house tutor who also acts as an academic mentor. All tutors can be contacted by email, just ask at the school office for the address.

What measures do we take to prevent bullying?

Our response to bullying does not start at the point at which a child has been bullied.

We work hard to embed an ethos of good behaviour where students treat one another and the school staff with respect because they know that this is the right way to behave.

Values of respect for staff and other students, an understanding of the value of education, and a clear understanding of how our actions affect others permeate the whole school environment and are reinforced by staff and older students who set a good example to the rest.

The Progress & Guidance team are pro-active in their monitoring and investigation of alleged bullying incidents. Information is entered onto our database enabling patterns of behaviour to be identified earlier.

Opportunities for disclosure are provided for both students and parents via regular contact.

Equality and Accessibility at Greenfield Community College

At Greenfield Community College we are committed to equality. We aim for every student to fulfil their potential no matter what their needs. Our School is committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families.  We aim to:

  • Provide a secure and accessible environment in which all our students can flourish and in which all contributions are considered and valued. 
  • Include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity. 
  • Provide positive non-stereotyping information about gender roles, diverse ethnic and cultural groups and disabled people. 
  • Improve our knowledge and understanding of issues of anti-discriminatory practice, promoting equality and valuing diversity.
  • Make inclusion a thread that runs through all of the activities of the school

Greenfield Community College prides itself on being inclusive and will endeavour to support every student regardless of their level of need.  All students follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. At times, when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented.

To support all students to be successful we will:

  • Ensure that all students have access to the school curriculum, including the wider curriculum; 
  • Help all students achieve to the best of their abilities, despite any difficulty or disability they may have; 
  • Ensure that teaching staff are aware of, and sensitive to, the needs of all students, teaching them in a way that is appropriate to their needs; 
  • Support students to gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem; 
  • Work in partnership with parents/ carers, students and relevant external agencies in order to provide for children’s special educational needs and disabilities; 
  • To identify, at the earliest opportunity, all students that need special consideration to support their needs (whether these are educational, social, physical or emotional); 
  • Make suitable provision for students with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes; 
  • Ensure that all children with SEND are fully included in all activities of the school in order to promote the highest levels of achievement; 
  • Promote self-worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independence at all age and ability levels; 
  • Review the policy and practice regularly in order to achieve best practice.

Greenfield Equality Policy

Greenfield Equality Information and Objectives 

Accessibility Plan