St Cuthbert's Catholic Academy
St Cuthbert’s is a happy and thriving place to learn, a place where we work closely with parents to achieve the best for all our children.
Our goal at St Cuthbert’s is to encourage our children to “choose life” in all that they do: to make the very best of their talents and opportunities and develop their appreciation of the gifts of others. This is the Catholic identity and is the basis of our children’s spiritual and moral education.
We hope you find the website informative and that they provide some insight into daily life at St Cuthbert’s. We always welcome feedback on how we can develop them further.
Who to contact
Where to go
- St. Cuthbert's Catholic Academy
- FY4 2AU
- Contact Name
- Mr Daniel Flannigan Salmon
- Contact Telephone
- 01253 403232
- Contact Email
- Local Offer Age Bands
- Primary (5-10 years)
Schools Extended Local Offer Response
- How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?
Children in EYFS are observed closely by highly qualified staff. Through these observations and working with your child closely staff get to know their strengths and adapt approached depending on your child's need; promoting inclusivity at all times. We operate an open door policy where communication can flow regularly between staff and parents. If parents have any concerns, there is ample support from class teachers, teaching assistants, Key Stage leaders and the SENco (Special Education Needs Coordinator) available. Strong communication and relationships with parents and also external agencies such as the Educational Psychologists, Speech & Language Therapists and Behaviour advisory services allows for intervention to be targeted to support your child's individual needs. Alongside this we also have a full time Speech and Language Therapist who works throughout the day with individuals and groups of children to assess and target their specific communication needs. School also have a therapist from SHINE who attends school for a full day, each week; Speech & Language specialists who assess, set targets and work closely with individuals identified as having a Speech & Language additional need.
- How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?
Planning in EYFS in child-led, with topics and themes being built around children's interests. Our Nursery and Reception classes are both led by class teachers, with a Key Stage Leader supporting the phase. Teachers have high expectations for children and are skilled at breaking down the learning into sequential steps, allowing children of all abilities to achieve. Planning is targeted to gaps in children's learning; finding out what they don't know and teaching it to them. In EYFS we also focus on the characteristics of effective learning; active learning, playing and exploring, creating and thinking critically. This enables children to begin their school career on a strong footing with strong engagement, motivation and thinking. At St Cuthbert’s we have a full time Pastoral Team who liaise with families to support with areas such as housing, health and finances. Within the Pastoral support offered, the Pupil Welfare officer for Blackpool Council works alongside staff to ensure the well being of children in our school. Class teachers refer children who they identify as having a possible special educational need to the SENco who the uses specialists to assess the need and put in place a plan, do, review intervention. The strong relationships formed between parents and staff allow a strong support network for our children, allowing regular, open conversations both formally (parents evenings, reports) and informally (open door policy, class dojo, Teachers2parents texting system).
- How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?
At St Cuthbert’s we teach based upon a knowledge rich curriculum, using schemes of learning written by subject specialists within our Multi Academy Trust, based upon the National Curriculum. In the EYFS, teaching is informed by similar schemes of learning, which are based upon the Development Matters framework. All daily planning in informed by formal assessment, to allow children's learning to be moved forward at a pace appropriate for their development. Learning is broken down by class teachers and subject leaders into achievable, sequential milestones to allow adequate support and equally, appropriate challenge. The curriculum is delivered through the medium of child- led topics, which are based around children's current interests. This makes learning meaningful, relevant and engaging for our youngest children. The school SENco also supports the accessibility of the curriculum through the provision of resources (clicker 7, colourful semantics, communicate in print), staff training (phonics, MAPA training, ABC) and the completion of care plans.
- How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?
Parental engagement with children's learning is a proven factor in driving forward the progress of young children. Strong communication is at the heart of this, where staff and parents communicate frequently and in a manner of ways to discuss a child's progress, well-being, and experience. We hold an open door policy and parental meetings after school are welcomed. Formally, we hold parent's evenings every term where parents receive a report outlining their child's effort, attainment and progress. This can be discussed with the class teacher along with any questions parents may have. In EYFS, one communication tool used is an app called Tapestry. On here, Parents can see photos and descriptions of observations of their child’s learning and engagement in provision. School host a Tapestry meeting after school at the beginning of the school year to demonstrate how to use the app. We also hold parental workshops a Read Write Inc Meeting to share with parents how their children learn to read and write through daily phonics sessions. This allows parents to support their child’s reading and writing at home.
- What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?
The pastoral team are instrumental in caring for our children and their well being is always at the forefront of staff’s minds. The team support children in-house and also liaise with external agencies where necessary (dental checks, eye tests, hearing tests, social care). All staff in school have undertaken rigorous safeguarding training to enable them to care for our children in the best possible way. The attendance lead and Pupil welfare officer also regularly monitor attendance, supporting parents to get their child to school on time. Designated staff hold the paediatric first aid certificate and dispensation of medicines and are on hand at all times during the school day. St Cuthbert’s is a Catholic School and we strive to uphold the Catholic Ethos in everything we do. As part of this, we enable children to grow in faith; learning about religion and learning from religion. Our school fulfils a whole school approach to environments, building ‘Communication Friendly’ spaces (Elizabeth Jarmen), which can be calming, soothing and allows for quiet spaces to just ‘be’.
- What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?
We are fortunate at St Cuthbert’s to have a Polish National member of staff working in school full-time. She works closely with our children who have English as an additional language in order to both celebrate their mother tongue and develop their use of English. At St Cuthbert’s we have invested in developing the Speech & Language needs of children in our care and as a result have one full-time member of staff working alongside our children everyday and one SHINE therapist who attends one day per week to work with individuals and groups. These members of staff assess children’s needs, target intervention and can also work on NHS targets provided. We have a dedicated SENco who coordinates intervention to address any additional needs of children at St Cuthbert’s. School also access services from Blackpool Council such as the Pupil Welfare Officer, Social care and the school nurse.
- What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?
Designated staff have received first aid training; a combination of Pediatric first aid, First aid at work and Administering medicines. All staff at St Cuthbert’s have experienced comprehensive safeguarding training which is refreshed periodically. Support staff have been trained in the use of colourful semantics to support with speech and language additional needs. Staff have undertaken a variety of other training including, but not limited to; MAPA training (The Management of Actual or Potential Aggression), RWI phonics, ABC (Attention, Balance, Coordination), Lego Therapy, Play Therapy and Therapy dog training.
- How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
Staff at St Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy ensure that children are provided with high quality learning opportunities. Our curriculum topics are often enhanced by school trips, guest speakers and, local visits. We are fortunate enough to have access to two school minibuses. Depending on the need or nature of out-of-school visits, children may travel on foot, use public transport or via our school minibuses. The Parents’ Forum and our PTFA at St Cuthbert’s contribute to the planning of whole school events, these have included, a mobile farm visit, pantomime performances and school discos. Children are offered a choice of extra- curricular activities to cater for a range of interests. School staff lead and facilitate a variety of clubs including craft, performing arts and table top activities. We have a strong partnership with Blackpool Sports, who provide a range of sporting clubs before and after school. These clubs are often based upon pupil interest from club surveys and are funded by our Sports Premium budget.
- How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment?
St Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy caters for all needs. The building has a disabled toilet, a shower and changing facilities to support personal hygiene routines for all children. A new First Aid and medication administration room is also being adapted and will be equipped with a medical bed, and secure storage for equipment and medication. Staff members assist children according to the requirements of individual Health Care plans. These plans are written with Parent/ Carers to ensure all needs are addressed and met for children. The school building is a one floor level fully accessible site. Wheel chair access ramps can be provided from external classroom doors. To reduce cognitive overload all classrooms and learning spaces adhere to our whole school approach to learning environments. Quiet spaces are created within classrooms, which are divided by screening and furniture to reduce noise levels, a new lighting system enables lighting to be dimmed to prevent glare and a sensory room will soon be accessible for children. We endeavour to effectively communicate to all Parent /Carers. Where English is not the first language, school newsletters are translated into the required language where possible. Translators have been used to ensure all information can be accurately shared with Parent/ Carers during phone calls and meetings.
- How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?
A carefully planned induction is paramount to ensuring children’s transition into nursery and school runs smoothly. We welcome visits from families so that they can be shown round the setting and introduced to our staff team. If a child joins school mid-term we invite them with Parent/ Carers into school to complete necessary paperwork and discuss any additional care and support the child may need. We request key documents from children’s previous settings to ensure information is up-to-date. Prior to children starting our Early Years’ classrooms, staff will contact Parent /Carers to arrange a home visit. This informal discussion enables staff to meet children at a place where there are at their most comfortable, their home. Stay and play sessions are also offered so that children can attend nursery and school for shorter sessions and, to be introduced to new faces, routines and experiences at a pace that suits them. We acknowledge that moving classrooms may be unsettling for some children, that is why we facilitate a whole-school transition week in the Summer Term to ease children into a new setting.
- How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
St Cuthbert’s resources are allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs by carefully looking at the child’s individual needs and identifying which resources will maximise their learning. Our school SENDCO is the budget holder for a specific SEN budget and therefore allocates and purchases resources accordingly. Where appropriate additional funding is sought by our SENDCO to ensure that all possible support can be provided.
- How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
We understand that Parent / Carers are the key educators in their child’s life and are therefore instrumental in the decision making process for their child’s educational journey. If a class teacher or other member of staff identifies that your child may need additional support, they will share their observations with Parent / Carers and the school SENDCO. Equally we encourage Parent / Carers to share any concerns they may have regarding their child’s learning with the school SENDCO, class teachers or senior management. Professional discussions take place to determine the most suitable support needed, and where necessary parental consent may be required. On occasion professionals from outside agencies will be invited into school to provide additional support. All decisions are based upon the needs of each individual child. Personalised targets are created and the school’s ‘plan, do, review’ process is rigorously revised to assess the impact of additional support your child is getting.
- How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?
As a Parent / Carer there are lots of opportunities to be involved in school life. We have a valued PTFA team who regularly meet to plan for events, discuss new developments and actively engage in the running of school. We have recently opened an exciting new trim trial at St Cuthbert’s which has been heavily supported by the PTFA team and were fundamental in securing the funding for this project. We value Parent / Carer thoughts and opinions and we often ask for feedback face-to-face or via questionnaires, school newsletters, Class Do Jo, Teachers2parents texting system and the school Facebook account. During morning and home time routines Parent / Carers always have the opportunity to discuss the child’s day and if required, meetings can be arranged to continue further discussions.