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Attachment and Trauma Sensitive Schools Silver Award

Celebrating our “commitment to embracing inclusion at its best, successfully removing barriers to learning and participation in the life of the school.

The first school in Wirral and one of only 4 in the North West. It affirms that children and young people are firmly at the centre of all we do.

Miss Sian Thomas, Principal, comments 'I feel very proud to be leading a school where the staff are driven and dedicated towards helping young people across a range of divergent needs. As a school we work hard to ensure that we are equipped to enable pupils to thrive and flourish. This Silver Award clearly demonstrates the commitment of our staff towards achieving this.'

The Attachment and Trauma Sensitive Schools Award (ATSSA), accredited by Jennifer Nock Training and Consultancy, is recognition of commitment to the steps the school has taken to further develop a culture of compassion and nurture. This plays a pivotal role in getting our children and young people into a state of ‘learning readiness’.

Dr Jennifer A Nock highlighted “The school evidenced a richness and depth of understanding and practice, particularly relating to sensory and emotional assessment and provision. Therapy is not something that the school simply provides, rather, the environment itself and the relationships therein are therapeutic.” and added “Commitment to developing a culture of attachment and trauma sensitivity has been demonstrated through a high investment in CPD.”

The Award is only issued to those educational establishments that can demonstrate that they have met its rigorous quality standards and can maintain them over time.

Mr John Davies, Pastoral Care Manager, involved in the Award process says “We are delighted to have achieved Silver status and it demonstrates our commitment towards being a school environment that is inclusive, compassionate and caring to everyone in our community.”

Additionally, Mr Stephen Peacock, Parent Governor expressed “This encapsulates the energy running through the school at the moment.” 

Dr Jennifer A Nock, Award Accreditor, told the school “We hope you will feel particularly privileged to share your journey, which has been achieved during a particularly challenging time.”

Accreditor Dr Jennifer Nock highlighted there were a number of points worthy of significant mention:

  • West Kirby School and College is attachment and trauma responsive, with systems, practices, values and principles that are infused with sensitivity to trauma; thus, ‘therapy is not something that the school simply provides, rather, the environment itself and the relationships therein are therapeutic.’
  • The personalised, individual approach to all pupils is evidenced through numerous practices. Knowledge of each pupil’s developmental needs underpins relationships, interactions and planning. This is a particular strength of the school.
  • Commitment to developing a culture of attachment and trauma sensitivity has been demonstrated through a high investment in CPD. The passion of the Leadership Team has led to a shared vision of how to deliver the best experiences and outcomes for all pupils.
  • You have a range of strategies in place for supporting parents in understanding child development and attachment relationships. 
  • You demonstrate deep compassion in relation to the daily struggles that families face. This is a particular strength of the school.
  • The school evidenced a richness and depth of understanding and practice, particularly relating to sensory and emotional assessment and provision. This is a particular strength of the school.
  • Attention to staff mental health and wellbeing is high on the agenda of the leadership team. All staff interviews expressed high levels of job satisfaction.
  • There is a shared belief that relationship based practice provides the foundation for progress
  • Trauma sensitivity is embedded across the setting, and relationships are central to practice. The evidence provided really highlighted this. 
  • Attachment and trauma sensitivity at the school is organic, constantly evolving and developing.

To read the full awarding letter and feedback click below

To find out more about this award visit www.attachmentandtraumasensitiveschoolsaward.com

“Therapy is not something that the school simply provides, rather, the environment itself and the relationships therein are therapeutic.”

 

“Commitment to embracing inclusion at its best, successfully removing barriers to learning and participation in the life of the school”

West Kirby School and College, Meols Drive, West Kirby, Wirral, CH48 5DH

0151 632 3201