At Greenfield E-ACT Academy we believe that good pastoral support focuses on nurturing the individual needs of each and every child. We pride ourselves on building trusting relationships with all of our pupils and their families. We are a THRIVE school and work carefully to ensure that all of our children understand how to keep themselves safe and develop strategies to support their emotional needs.
Our latest OFSTED report stated ‘Staff at this school care deeply for their pupils’ (November 2019). All staff at Greenfield understand and promote the mental health and well being of our pupils and this underpins everything we do. We believe that if children feel they belong within our Academy, then their self-esteem is able to flourish because they feel valued and cared for. We understand the importance of enabling the voice of the child to be heard and the safeguarding of our children is paramount.
Supporting the pastoral needs of our pupils may involve working with external agencies. In these situations we ensure that a confidential, professional, non-judgemental and sensitive service is provided.
At Greenfield, we follow the Restorative Practice approach with managing behaviour. This encourages children to take responsibility for their own actions and to make amends where it is needed. Please see our Restorative Practice Guidance for more information.
Supporting Young Carers
Please click the button below to view our Young Carers Policy
A Young Carer is a child under 18 who regularly helps to look after a family member or friend who is disabled, ill, has a mental health condition or addiction problem.
At Greenfield E-ACT Academy we are aware that some of our pupils are young carers and that they may need additional support to maximise their potential. Therefore, we currently provide the following services for young carers:
- Drop in sessions to talk through any issues during breaktime
- A weekly Young Carers session with Mrs Purnell
- Ability to use the school phone at break and lunch if needed
- Ensuring that staff are aware of how they can support young carers appropriate
Students can also receive support from:
Mrs Sarah Purnell – Young Carers Lead for Greenfield E-Act Academy
Also, their relevant pastoral manager: Ms Alice Brown who is the SENDCO
The Carers Support Centre Website is being updated regularly and holds information on caring, food, health, local CV-19 support groups https://www.carerssupportcentre.org.uk/coronavirus-guidance-for-carers/
Here is an article on dealing with the pandemic as a young carer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3srPZbTKk26ZXPPSWyfd2lh/why-dealing-with-a-pandemic-as-a-young-carer-is-terrifying?fbclid=IwAR04dhUpJy5yn1FIkDJK5ZQtLs01NnmZyzTiIG9Ucek6EDr3Ag5YMuCfN24
You might also find the following websites useful:
If you wish to find out more, please contact Sarah Purnell, the Young Carers Coordinator on: 0117 377 2191
Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs
E-ACT is committed to ensuring that all students with medical conditions can access and enjoy the same opportunities as any other student and to ensuring that they are able to play a full and active role in school life, remain healthy and achieve their academic potential.
E-ACT will ensure that its academies implement and maintain an effective management system for the administration of medicines to all students in our care in order to ensure that appropriate support is provided to individual students with medical needs.
Please contact the school office if you have any questions regarding your child’s medical needs.
Here is a list of all staff who have full First Aid Training
- Jayne Abrahams
- John Palmer
- Paul Froom
- Kelly Rhodes
- Sarah Purnell
- Tom Chislett
- Vikki Kett
- Claire Morgan
- Jennifer Osborne
- Marilyn Thomas
Paediatric First Aiders in EYFS:
Amy Moreton, Annie Grist, Julie Winstone, Gail Knight, Gabriella Jankowska, Sarah Harvey, Jess Burge
Kelly Rhodes, Annie Grist, Chris Palmer, Jayne Abrahams, Ben Taverner, Stacey Mundy, Julie Hope, Jodie Mockridge, Kate Powell, Paul Froom, Bradley Deeney, Wendy Thorne, Rosie Nieters, Jennifer Osborne, Katrina Wright
Ben Taverner, Julie Winstone, Emma Best, Jayne Abrahams, Gabriella Jankowska, Julie Hope, Rosie Nieters, Kelly Rhodes
Administration of medication trained:
We use a range of local health professionals to train and assist school staff in dealing with medical conditions and administering medicine.
Please contact the office if you have a specific question regarding this or any element of our Medical Needs Policy.
The Thrive Approach focuses on the Social and Emotional wellbeing of our pupils. Supporting our children using Thrive, enables them to develop into healthy, happy, confident individuals who are then able to be access their learning.
We are proud to have Thrive embedded throughout our whole School. The “Thrive Approach” focuses on the Social and Emotional wellbeing of all of our children. Thrive at Greenfield enables our children to develop their happiness and confidence to grow emotionally, as well as becoming more confident learners.
At Greenfield, we have our main Thrive Room, Mini Thrive and also Tiny Thrive. Each room supports children to manage their Social, emotional and behavioural needs within a safe and supportive environment. Every pupil’s needs are personal and individual to them. The Thrive support that Greenfield offer, can be long term or short term and is based on each child’s needs. Thrive uses arts and play-based activities to develop a child’s healthy neural development and to promote a positive sense of self, building optimal learning capacity.
Individual Thrive screens allow our practitioners to assess and interpret children’s behaviour, therefore identifying their particular developmental needs. This is often signalled by a child’s behaviour and allows us to choose appropriate, targeted interventions which are designed to meet those needs. We recognise that a child’s emotional state has a significant impact on the way they are able to think and act, profoundly affecting behavioural choices. Progress within this, helps individuals to get on with others and to be able to settle to their learning allowing children to achieve their full potential.
Mrs Sarah Purnell is our Thrive and Mental Health Lead.
Mrs Michelle Fitzpatrick is another licensed Thrive Practitioner.
In 2019 we were proudly awarded the Thrive Ambassador Status for the South West, for all of the amazing work we do to care and support every one of the pupils at Greenfield E-ACT Academy.
We welcome any visits to see our Thrive Rooms and to discuss how Greenfield can support your child’s emotional development through Thrive.
Mrs Purnell also completes 3 full class Thrive screens with Class Teachers. This enables her to clearly identify specific social and emotional needs of individual children within the classroom setting.
Greenfield E-ACT Academy has developed a strong Mental Health support system for all of our children, staff, parents and carers.
It is encouraged throughout the School, for all children to speak out and stay safe, and communicate with their trusted adults regarding any Mental Health support they may require.
Children here at Greenfield E-ACT Academy learn about feelings and emotions from a very young age. Each class are all actively involved in our “Zones of Regulation” This supports the children with the understanding of their emotions and feelings and also supports them by helping them recognise how they are feeling.