Inclusion: Recognising and respecting individual needs
We are an inclusive school which welcomes children regardless of age, gender, attainment or individual need. We welcome children from all over the world, with different experiences and cultures.
The school has a highly skilled Inclusion Team who are able to provide support for children and parents. The team are able to work with individuals or groups of children to develop their social, emotional and behavioural needs. As a school we work in partnership with other agencies such as the Learning Support Service, Education Psychology Service, Community CAMHS, Speech and Language and the Ethnic Minority Achievement Services. Together we aim to help all children reach their full potential and promote success, confidence and self esteem.
Children who are identified as gifted and talented are provided with opportunities to extend their knowledge and skills. In recent years a number of our pupils have been successful at gaining places and scholarships at leading independent schools within the area.
"The school is an inclusive and cohesive community. Pupils differing abilities and backgrounds are equally valued". Ofsted - Feb 2015
Our team is made up of Mrs Rachel Tuck, the Inclusion Manager and her role is to organise, monitor and support the provision for children with Special Educational Needs and English as an Additional Language, to ensure that they make good progress in all areas. She also monitors the educational progress and provision of Looked After, Adopted and children whose carers have a special Guardianship order. Rachel Tuck also takes the lead on attendance in order to support children and their parents/carers and ensure that children attend school regularly and are on time.
Miss Kelly Wickenden and Miss Chloe Gale are our Learning Mentors. They support children with emotional and social needs to ensure that they are in the right place to learn. They drop into classes regularly and also offer drop in sessions to the children if they need to talk about their worries. They work one to one and within small groups on a variety of issues. Kelly Wickenden also works with parents and runs 'Triple P' parenting support groups, workshops and one to one sessions at the school.
Miss Wickenden has worked at West Blatchington Primary and Nursery School for 9 years, joining the ASC (Autistic Spectrum Condition) facility in 2008 having previously worked in a pre-school special needs setting. She worked there for two years before moving into the mainstream school environment as an Individual Needs Assistant and a Learning Mentor. She is now part of the Inclusion Team, holding the position of Senior Learning and Inclusion Mentor and leads on behaviour development. Miss Wickenden is a certified restorative justice facilitator, a trained mediator and is an accredited level 3 and 4 Positive Parenting practitioner.
She has Diplomas in Childhood Behaviour & Child and Adolescent Counselling, and during the past three years, has been studying Trauma Attachment. The human brain and its diverse complexities fascinate her and she is passionate about inclusion. An integral part of her role at West Blatchington allows her to prioritise children’s social and emotional needs, focusing on their individual wellbeing and implementing strategies to help staff and pupils to identify sustainable approaches to overcome barriers to learning.
We are also very lucky to have Mrs Natalie Bellis as part of our team and she is our Family Liaison worker. Mrs Natalie Bellis is a qualified social worker who is also our Designated Child Protection Officer. She is available to support parents/carers and their children with any social, emotional or practical issues related to their children or family.
If you have any questions or need support from one of our team, they would be delighted to meet with you.