Well Being

Well-being is linked with an individual’s physical health, emotional health, health behaviours and resilience (the ability to cope with adverse circumstances). Well Being is described as a holistic state where a range of feelings, among them energy, confidence, openness, enjoyment, happiness, calm and caring are combined and balanced.

Here at Thomas Gamuel we place great value on developing the whole child - academically, socially and emotionally. Skills needed throughout life can be taught and learnt at any age; all aspects of a child and young person’s experience at home, in school and out of school contribute to personal and social development and as a school we feel it is important that we share that role along with parents, carers and families. It is a function of all subjects and curriculum areas.

Through our SMSC (Spiritual Moral Social
 Cultural), The SEAL Programme (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) and the PSHCE curriculum (Personal Social Health Citizenship Education), we at Thomas Gamuel strive to present a curriculum, ethos and atmosphere that makes the aims of The Office of Standards of Education possible for our pupils ‘…the training of good human beings, purposeful and wise, themselves with a vision of what it is to be human and the kind of society that makes that possible’. 

We believe that our well-being education equips children with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in positive learning, making effective transitions and positive choices. It also enables children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. It is important that we contribute to our pupil’s personal development by helping them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, build their confidence and self-esteem, make career choices and understand what influences their decisions including financial ones. It enables them to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help them to form and maintain good relationships, and better enjoy and manage their lives.

The key points and aims of our well-being agenda are that our children are able to;
  • Be an effective and successful learner
  • Make and sustain friendships
  • Deal with and resolve conflict effectively and fairly
  • Be able to solve problems alone and with the help of others
  • Manage strong feelings such as frustration, anger and anxiety
  • Recover from setbacks and persist in the face of difficulties
  • Work and play cooperatively
  • Compete fairly, win and lose with grace and dignity with respect for competitors
  • Recognise and stand up for their rights and the rights of others.
  • Understand and value the differences between people and respect the right of others to have beliefs and
    values different from their own

Raising concerns

We hope that you will be pleased with everything that our school seeks to provide. We aim to make our school a happy, safe and caring place so that pupils may benefit from the best possible education. All of our staff, both teaching and non-teaching, are dedicated to this aim.

If you do have a concern please speak to your child’s class teacher, a Learning Mentor or another member of staff. If he or she cannot resolve the matter, or your concern is about the member of staff, you should then discuss it with the head teacher. If you are not a parent or carer of a child at the school then please address your concerns to the head teacher. Notes may be taken to ensure that the issues are fully understood.

Emergency contact details

In the event of an emergency, or if your child simply becomes unwell during the day, it is very important that we are able to contact you. Please ensure that you give your correct details on the emergency contact form and hand it in to the main office. Please include the names and telephone numbers for alternative family members and friends that can be contacted in an emergency situation.

Don’t forget to keep these details updated when there are changes to your contact details.

Drinking Water
Children are encouraged to bring a plastic bottle of water to school. It has been proven that if children have regular access to water during the day they are more able to concentrate. The water bottles are kept in the classroom.

Illnesses and Medicines

Children who are ill should not be in school. It is occasionally necessary for children who have
recovered from an illness to continue to take the full course of prescribed medicine. Under such circumstances parents/carers should ideally manage the timing of doses to avoid giving them during school hours. However, if this is not always possible parents may come into school to administer the medicine themselves or provide signed consent for a qualified first aider to administer the medicines.

If your child is asthmatic and requires an inhaler you will be asked to complete a form detailing the treatment that your child requires. You should ask your GP for a spare inhaler which can be kept in school either for daily doses or for emergency use. Inhalers should be brought to the office and collected by an adult.

No child should bring medicines into school. This includes cough sweets etc. In the case of chicken pox children may come back to school no sooner than six days after the first spots appear. At this point the disease is not contagious.

All prescribed medicines should be clearly marked with the child’s name, class and dosage. Head lice or ‘nits’ can frequently be problems in schools. Do not worry if you find head lice but please treat them promptly and let the teacher know so that a letter can be sent to other parents asking them to check their children’s hair.

Road Safety

We actively encourage children to walk or cycle to school. For safety reasons we ask that: Cyclists should not ride through school property (this includes the playgrounds and pedestrian areas). Children and parents should not cross the roads unaccompanied, but keep to pavements. Motorists should respect the road markings and
not park in the school entrances in front of the school. Cycles may be stored in the cycle racks, but please note that this is at your own risk, and you should take appropriate steps to ensure that your bike is adequately secured.