The Accessibility Plan has been drawn up in consultation with the Local Authority, pupils, parents, staff and governors of the school and covers the period from April 2019 – April 2022.
Newhaven PRU aims to create an atmosphere where all students can learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without fear of being bullied.
Bullying is anti-social behaviour and affects everyone; it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Only when all issues of bullying are addressed will students be able to fully benefit from the opportunities available at Newhaven.
Behaviour for Learning
The most effective behaviour policies are those where staff and students have a sense of shared ownership. All members of staff and young people at Newhaven are expected to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning, with courtesy and mutual respect as basic requirements.
It is important that schools have a bereavement policy and teachers and staff understand how to support the grieving children and young people in their school especially as different religions and cultures manage death and bereavement in different ways.
At Newhaven we recognise the important contribution that CEIAG makes to the education of all of our students in order that they make a successful transition from school to further education and employment. In line with the Gatsby benchmarks, Newhaven provides a range of opportunities for students to learn about the world of work, the skills required for work and the pathways available to them.
Charging and Remissions
All education during school hours is free. We do not charge for any activity undertaken as part of the National Curriculum. This policy is monitored by the governing body, and will be reviewed annually or earlier if necessary.
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils at Newhaven School. This is particularly important in our school as we know that abuse of our cohort is significantly higher than national averages.
Newhaven PRU aims to provide your child with the best possible education and meet his or her needs as well as we can. However, in any school, parents occasionally feel concerned about something or have a complaint. If this is the case we want to hear from you. This leaflet explains how you can voice a concern or complaint and how we will respond.
The aims and ethos of the school supports the development of self-respect and self esteem in all pupils, staff and the community it serves. We place a high value on diversity and treat every member of the school as an individual. In this respect, we aim to meet the needs of all, taking account of gender, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, sexual orientation, age, ability, disability and social circumstances.
Grievance Procedure For School Staff
Governors, headteachers, line managers, supervisors and employees are expected to establish and maintain good relationships with each other but it is understood that problems may sometimes arise concerning work issues and relationships. It is hoped that in most cases these problems will be resolved by informal discussion but this procedure has been designed to deal with grievances which remain unresolved after the normal management process has been exhausted.
At Newhaven we consider ourselves to be in a rare position; it could be said that students accessing education in a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), King’s Park or NEST are all at a disadvantage compared to students in a mainstream school. Students attend Newhaven for a variety of reasons but many can be related to socio-economic disadvantage and barriers to learning that have led to exclusion from, or inability to attend, mainstream education. It is for this reason that Newhaven pays for a wide range of external and internal services to help remove those barriers to learning and help our students achieve:
Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)
At Newhaven, we manage the usual range of additional needs: literacy (reading, vocabulary and comprehension), numeracy, working memory and processing difficulties, ADHD, ASD and mental health difficulties. Staff have regular training on managing these, both in and out of the classroom. Please look at our SEND Information Report for more detail on how we can best help your child.
Trauma Informed Practice
Our school is invested in supporting the very best possible relational health between: Parent and child; Child and child; Child and school staff; Parent and school staff; School staff; School staff and senior leaders; School staff and external agencies. To this end our school is committed to educational practices which Protect, Relate, Regulate and Reflect.