Student / Parent Induction Handbook
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Values and Ethos
St Thomas’s Centre is a happy and safe environment for all its pupils. Visitors to the school comment on the welcoming atmosphere and external agencies who work closely with the school enjoy working in this environment.
It is our expectation that:
“Every pupil succeeds. No exceptions. No excuses.”
Staff always go the extra mile and are totally committed to achieving the schools mission statement.
We are very proud of our most recent OFSTED inspection which recognised the school was Outstanding in all 4 areas of the OFSTED framework.
“Teachers and support staff work together exceptionally well so that teaching meets the individual needs of each pupil.”
“The curriculum includes a broad range of subjects which capture pupils’ interests well.”
“The personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils are outstanding. Pupils are courteous and respectful. Their attitudes to learning are outstanding.”
“Pupils say that they ‘feel part of a family’. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is strong.”
“Inspectors have compelling evidence to judge that the school is outstanding.”
“The head teacher and leaders at all levels are skilled in and passionate about supporting pupils with social, emotional or mental health needs.”
“This is an exemplary and outward-looking school with outstanding capacity to improve even more.”
“Pupils say that they feel valued and respected.”
“Pupils want to learn and they demonstrate outstanding attitudes in lessons.”
“The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is excellent.”
“Pupils are supervised well and staff provide consistent care.”
“The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding.”
St. Thomas’s Centre will:
•Prepare pupils for reintegration into future educational establishments where appropriate.
•Prepare pupils for adult life and a place in society.
•Ensure good order within the Centre.
•Raise pupils’ self-esteem.
•Develop good relationships within the Centre.
•Encourage pupils to develop a sense of personal responsibility through self discipline and challenge.
•Encourage pupils to develop a sense of “self” and give them the courage to be themselves.
•Encourage pupils to accept and understand other people, including those in authority.
All staff working in St. Thomas’s Centre will encourage pupils to:
•Attend regularly and on time.
•Be patient, polite and considerate of others.
•Be respectful towards other people’s property.
•Be respectful to each other, the staff, Centre and its equipment.
•Remove all outdoor clothing, including headgear, gloves and scarves on entering the building.
•Wear St. Thomas’s Centre sweatshirts.
•Switch off mobile phones and other electronic devises and hand to staff at the beginning of the day for secure keeping.