The Student Support Centre is in the heart of the school and is a special and unique place. It is set up to help students who from time to time need extra emotional or behavioural support in the form of small classes and mentoring programmes.
What actually happens in the Student Support Centre (SSC)?
The SSC is a multipurpose space used for a variety of activities and lessons. The core use is as a classroom for small groups of students with various requirements (behavioural, emotional and self esteem difficulties) who we feel will benefit from attending the SSC for a short period of time. The SSC also provides a temporary place for injured students who are not fully mobile so that they are able to work independently on the subject lessons they are missing.
If a student transfers to the school mid term, they will begin their time at Brakenhale in the SSC. There they will spend their first three days working independently on set pieces of work, whilst their timetables are being devised. During this time they will be given a tour of the school and complete tests in order to assign them to appropriate sets.
A Learning Mentor is a professional friend and advocate for students, who works with students to overcome barriers to learning. Learning Mentors assist students by providing one to one mentoring and mediation sessions and also teaching in the SSC.
The SSC is open to Key Stage 3 students during lunch times and is a great place for them to relax in a calm atmosphere. Games and jigsaw puzzles are provided. The Learning Mentors always supervise the SSC during lunch and enjoy socialising with the students too.
Year 6 Transition
At the end of each academic year we hold Transitional Groups for Year 6 students who our feeder schools feel will benefit from a head start to overcome any anxieties associated with the move from primary to secondary school. These are very successful and held in high esteem.
Websites, forums and apps all present teenagers with certain social pressures and choices. Many of the disciplinary issues we deal with in school stem from misuse of phones and computers out of school yet often lead to distressing social confrontations within school.
As parents it is often difficult to keep up with the current trends and sites being used by teenagers and indeed by wider organisations, be they political, religious or more sinister.
We held an information evening for parents on Thursday 2nd February.
Here are some tools and knowledge to help parents support their child in using these different media in a responsible and socially acceptable way. These were handed out at the evening.