The pastoral support team at Thomas Keble School includes:
- The Senior Management Team
- Heads of Year
- Education Welfare Officer
- Student Support Officers
If you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s education or wellbeing, please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can support you via the email below:
studentsupport ‘at’ thomaskeble.gloucs.sch.uk (replace ‘at’ with @)
Safeguarding offer of Early Help
From time to time families need additional support and advice; at Thomas Keble School we aim to provide them with the support they need, but also recognise that on occasion they may need more specific support.
Thomas Keble School is committed to offering early help and will provide support and guidance to ensure children and young people remain safe.
Good early help means local agencies working together to:
- Identify children and families who would benefit from early help
- Assess the need for early help
- Provide targeted early help support to address the assessed needs of a child and their family focusing on things that will make things better for the child
- We will sign post other agencies or support referrals where appropriate.
This statement sits alongside our offer of Early Help and our Safeguarding policy and is an approach not a service.
Our offer of Early Help respects every family’s right to access information to help manage their own lives successfully, whilst guiding them to seek support from appropriate sources. Help can then be agreed as soon as concerns start to emerge. The ‘Offer’ is for all children, as issues may arise at any point in a child or young person’s life. It includes both universal and targeted /specialist services, to reduce or prevent concerns from growing or becoming entrenched.
The school will always involve the family in all Early Help strategies and most will only be put in place with their permission. The school will aim to work with families in a supportive, non-judgemental way so that trust is built up and the best possible outcomes achieved.
For more information, please see our Early Help Offer at the end of the Safeguarding Policy: Safeguarding (Child Protection) Policy_including Covid-19 Annex_April 2020
Other key policies:
Bullying can be defined as deliberately aggressive, hurtful or threatening behaviour, repeated over a period time. It is the abuse of power by one person or a group of people. The four main types of bullying are physical, verbal, indirect and cyber.
At Thomas Keble we believe that every child has a right to a safe and secure environment in which to learn and achieve success. However, we recognise that bullying may take place and therefore in our Anti-bullying Policy we outline strategies for dealing with it in order to pursue the ideal of totally eradicating bullying.
We aim to:
- provide a safe and secure environment for all members of the school community.
- encourage respect for the individual at all times, celebrating the differences between us.
- prevent bullying behaviour.
The school takes full responsibility of ensuring that the school policy on anti-bullying is known to all staff, pupils, parents and governors.
Regular and punctual school attendance is of vital importance in ensuring that all students have full access to the curriculum. Valuable learning time is lost when children are absent or late. Students should be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. There is a school expectation that every pupil attends school for 100% of the school year.
Any difficulties in attending school should be discussed in the first instance with Mrs Davis, our Attendance Officer – please email attendanceatthomaskeble.gloucs.sch.uk” [please replace the word “at” with “@” when emailing] or call 01452 770301 – who can liaise with our Pastoral and Welfare Teams to ensure all the available support can be put in place to help pupils to attend school regularly.
Forms to request to carry or administer medicine at school:
Useful information, links to websites and relevant phone numbers (this list is not exhaustive):
Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board: www.gscb.org.uk
Gloucestershire Families Directory – www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk
Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning: www.ghll.org.uk
Hollie Gazzard Trust (local charity) – www.holliegazzard.org
CEOP (Child Exploitation online): http://ceop.police.uk
Childline – www.childline.org or 0800 1111: support for young people in emotional distress.
Parentline Plus – www.parentlineplus.org.uk or 0808 800 2222
Kidscape – www.kidscape.org.uk or 020 773 03300
Samaritans – www.samaritans.org.uk or 08457 90 90 90
Get Safe online – www.getsafeonline.org
NSPCC Online Safety Advice – www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety
Parent Zone: http://parentzone.org.uk/parent-info
A Parent’s Guide to Snapchat: https://storage.googleapis.com/sc-support-web/safety/parents-guide-en
(Please note that the minimum legal age to have a Snapchat account is 13. Pupils younger than this should not be using Snapchat).
Think U Know – www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Gloucestershire Young Carers: www.glosyoungcarers.org.uk
Winstons Wish: www.winstonswish.org.uk
If bullying happens through phone calls or text messages, help is available from your network provider.
For cyberbulling through emails, contact your internet service provider.
YoungMinds.org.uk – mental health awareness for young people but with sections for parents too. YoungMinds also runs a free parent helpline providing general advice around mental health worries in a young person – 0808 802 5544
Mind.org.uk – general mental health awareness, downloadable factsheets
TheCalmZone.net – male specific support around emotional distress
BBC Radio 1 Advice – google this phrase to take you to BBC Radio 1’s section looking at modern day issues facing young people and advice on how to come through them. Topics include relationships, exams, alcohol, drugs, self-harm, mental health etc.
NHS MoodZone – providing information on common mental health concerns including dealing with anger, exams etc.
Healthtalk.org / Youthhealthtalk.org – a new website developed in conjunction with Oxford University. If you search for “self-harm” it will lead you to pages giving parents experience of self-harm, young people’s explanations of self-harm and how to support your child. Also provides information on common mental health conditions aimed at both adults and young people.
Bigwhitewall.com – an award-winning early intervention service for people 16+ in psychological distress. It combines social networking principles with a choice of clinically informed interventions to improve mental wellbeing. It can be accessed 24/7 and has staff who ensure full engagement and anonymity of all members. It costs £24 p/m or is free on prescription (in limited areas), for members/veterans of the UK Armed Forces or their families.
Teens in Crisis: www.ticplus.org.uk