Personal Development & Welfare
Cliff Park Ormiston Academy places great importance on safeguarding. In particular, we believe all members of the community have the right to be happy, healthy, confident and in control, with the ability to solve and cope with problems and have good relationships with other people.
This is important in its own right, but also because it affects their physical health and well-being, not only as a young person, but also as an adult.
Research shows that good health and wellbeing helps protect young people against emotional and behavioural problems, violence and crime, teenage pregnancy and the misuse of drugs and alcohol etc. It also helps them to learn and achieve academically, thus influencing their long-term social and economic wellbeing.
Young people’s health and wellbeing is influenced by a range of factors external to academy life. However, the academy recognises that activities in education, to develop and protect their health and emotional wellbeing, can only have a positive effect.
The academy adopts an organisation-wide approach to safeguarding and promoting the health and wellbeing of our young people. This encompasses organisational and management issues, as well as the curriculum and extra-curriculum provision. The following is a summary:
- Through our Behaviour for Learning Policy and the use of “restorative approaches”, the academy provides a safe environment which nurtures and encourages young people’s sense of self-worth, reduces the threat of bullying and violence and promotes positive behaviour.
- The academy’s curriculum equips young people with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to learn effectively, to make informed decisions and to prevent behavioural and health problems. Other important health topics, including adopting a healthy lifestyle, sex and relationships and drugs education, are tailored to the developmental needs of young people and are delivered as part of our pastoral provision and/or are included in SMSC and other relevant lessons.
- Form time and Safeguarding Weeks are an important feature of our curriculum as they ensure our young people can develop the skills they need to help them stay healthy and safe now and in later life. Each week has a different theme, for example bullying, and our young people take part in age appropriate assemblies and activities. We also work closely with outside agencies to ensure our young people are equipped with the right information about how to keep away from harm, and who they can talk to for support. We regularly give our young people the opportunities to discuss their concerns, and value respect, taking seriously any concerns that they raise.
- Through our partnerships with a variety of outside agencies, all members of our community also have access to specialist skills, advice and support they require. The academy has a dedicated Safeguarding Officer and a counsellor. Where appropriate, we provide “personal action plans” for those most at risk, or already showing signs, of problems. Policies and arrangements are in place to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of all our staff, particularly those who work with our most vulnerable young people and their families.
- Regular and up-to-date INSET is provided to ensure that all our practitioners have the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to develop and protect young people’s social and emotional wellbeing.
- Healthy and nutritious foods are available in the school “Diner”, which adheres to all government guidelines. All our young people, Years 7-11, have a minimum of four hours “core” physical activity per fortnight and a growing range of enrichment opportunities are also available.