Staff based in Student Support are a key part of the HSLC school wide Inclusion, Safeguarding and Pastoral structure and play a central role in ensuring all pupils feel safe, supported, happy and settled and ready to engage with learning. Staff take the lead in coordinating all aspects of Safeguarding and Child Protection and meeting the needs of our Looked After Children. This is a dedicated team of non-teaching specialist staff providing easily accessible support through an ‘open door’ policy for students looking for help and guidance on a wide range of issues and concerns that might otherwise impact on their education and progress.
Based in a dedicated facility on the school site, which acts a multi-agency hub and First Aid centre, the team offers holistic support, guidance and advice to young people and families through experienced professionals and access to specialist staff drawn from a variety of backgrounds and partner agencies such as Social Work, Counselling, Teaching, Education Welfare and Attendance, Careers Guidance, Children’s Social Care and the Youth and Family Support Service.
Staff work intensively with feeder primary schools and families at the ‘transition’ stage in Yr 6 to ensure the move to HSLC is seamless, successful and planned and that the individual needs of each student are identified and met. The aim is to establish a platform for the most successful, rewarding and enjoyable experience possible throughout the time spent at HSLC. Structured and ongoing communication across school with Progress Leaders, Senior Leadership and the Learning Support, Pastoral and Positive Discipline team, underpins what is an ongoing pro-active approach to removing difficulties and barriers to education.
The Student Support Team works to the highest possible professional and ethical standards, placing continued emphasis upon working in partnership, forging and maintaining strong links between school and home and developing open and honest dialogue. As well as supporting and advocating for our LGBTQ students, the team are also responsible for ensuring that HSLC pupils have access to support and guidance for emerging issues impacting on young people nationally, including knife crime, drug and substance misuse, PREVENT and CSE.
In ‘The Bridge’, students can be supported in a dedicated, inclusive, alternative learning facility that is an extension of the mainstream school setting and that links into ongoing classroom teaching and learning making sure that educational progress is maintained. Students will make use of ‘The Bridge’ in a variety of circumstances, for example on a phased integration or re-integration program or when medical issues may arise restricting mobility.
Staff in Student Support and the HSLC school wide Inclusion, Safeguarding and Pastoral structure are fundamental to supporting and realising the school wide ethos, led personally by the Headteacher that requires that staff are “Useful, Kind and insist that students become the best they can”