Extended Services Position Statement September 2018
It is essential our families have access, not only to outstanding schooling but also strong systems of family and community support that will provide equality of opportunity to achieve developing aspirations.
The school provides access to an extensive range of activities and services, often beyond the school day, to meet the needs of pupils, their families and the wider community.
The Extended Services programme (referred to as the Core Offer) is set out below. Consultation with pupils and families is carried out termly which shapes the extended services programme.
Varied menu of activities combined with childcare.
The school provides a free Breakfast Club every morning from 8:00 a.m for children in Reception- Year 6 which offers a healthy breakfast and a choice of activities for children to take part in.
Park House at Ayresome provides a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment for our very young children, ensuring that the best possible start to their Early Years education.
Specifically catered for the needs of 2 and 3-year olds, eligible 2-year-old children can enhance their learning and development from an early age. This provision will support early language, communication needs and provide a wide range of exciting activities and opportunities to stimulate the children’s personal, social and emotional development.
After school activities
The school provides a diverse programme of after school activities which utilise the skills of staff as well as external agencies and include Homework Club, Maths Games Club, LEGO Club, Arts and Crafts, Martial Arts, Creative Club, Cooking Club, Games Club, Gardening Club, Story Club, Gymnastics and Street Dance. Children are consulted termly to ensure that activities remain current and respond to need.
Through our dedicated sports department we run an extensive after school sports programme and train sports teams 4 days a week, coaching with the top-level children in various sports to compete in the Tees Valley Tournaments against other schools. Current sports teams include Tag Rugby, Football, Cross Country, Hockey and Basketball.
Ayresome runs its own Music Hub which offers specialist music provision across the whole school including staff.
The Music Hub also offers specialist music tuition to other local schools through a skilled music department. The school has a very talented band and choir who are extremely committed and give up their break and lunch times to practise. Children perform regularly for the rest of the school and parents and often tour around other schools and care homes to show off their musical talents!
We have a very pro-active School Parliament, including Head Girl and Head Boy and representatives from across the school who meet regularly to discuss opportunities and concerns. The School Parliament is crucial to school leadership and provides the opportunity for pupils’ voices to be heard.
The school has an Inclusion Team which provides support and advice for vulnerable families who need additional support with issues such as behaviour and attendance.
We run a family learning week every year where parents across the 3 phases can come in to school and engage with children in the classroom and find out about the curriculum.
Parents can access a range of courses at Redwood House and support services including health drop in, Debt Management, English Classes, Credit Union, Cookery, Coffee Mornings and much more.
We run ESOL classes for parents and carers throughout the year at various different levels. Learners are signposted to accredited courses at appropriate intervals.
We will be working with a partner agency, Routz to Work, to support adults who wish to seek employment. The course will provide the necessary skills and confidence including C.V. writing, preparing for interviews and basic I.T. skills.
Parents can sign up to a first aid course next term delivered by our partner agency- Routz to Work, through Middlesbrough Community Learning.
Parents are regularly consulted to identify need and shape the parental support programme.
Redwood House provides a programme of activities to support the needs of pupils, families and the wider community including health services, debt management, community art class, chat group and we have facilities for children’s parties, local community groups and holiday activities.
Our community programme is needs driven and delivered in line with our Core Offer. The timetable of activities is planned in conjunction with the Extended Services Programme.
Swift and easy access to targeted and specialist support.
The school has effective early identification systems in place in terms of supporting vulnerable families who need additional support. The school has a dedicated Safeguarding Lead and 2 PSA’s who provide support advice and guidance for pupils and families. The school has lead members of staff who have responsibility for safeguarding and overseeing specialist provision such Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and Pastoral Care.
The Inclusion Team meet weekly to support vulnerable children. Focus areas include; attendance, safeguarding, health and safety, EAL and SEND. The school works with multi agency teams in order to support pupils and their families who have specialist needs including health professionals, educational psychologists and speech and language therapists.
We have 40 different languages spoken in school therefore access to translation services is vital to provide effective communication between school and parents.