Cottesmore St Mary is an Attachment Aware school and committed to ensuring the best provision for children in care and children who have previously been in care
Our Attachment Team are
· Attachment Governor – Nigel Sheehan
· Attachment Champion – Rachel Kershaw (Deputy Head and INCo)
· Attachments leads - Keri McCauley (TA)
The Champion and Leads have attended Louise Bomber’s 7 day Attachment Lead modular training and attend regular Key Adult support groups.
All Teaching Assistants and Senior Leaders have received Attachment Aware training from Downs Park outreach service.
Families Through Adoption, Special Guardianship or Residence Orders
The school receives funding for children who have previously been in care via the Pupil Premium Plus grant. Parents are invited in termly to discuss how this funding is spent and monitor the impact via PEP reviews (Personal Education Plans).
This may include discussing their child’s progress and attainment as well as monitoring holistic impact. Transition meetings are held prior to the children moving up to the next academic year to ensure all identified support is in place where necessary.
All children who have previously been in care are entitled to free places at our morning breakfast club in addition to receiving a free after school sports club with Mr Buggy (our on-site sports coach). Children also receive £50 per term towards another on site after school club of their choice (please see the clubs section on our school website).
In discussion with parents, children who have previously been in care may receive one to one support at key points in the day. This may include morning ‘meet and greets’, 1:1 support at play and lunch time, in class intervention (academic or social), nurture groups, social story work, good to be me activities and lego therapy. The school has also worked closely with a specialist Post Adoption Support Teacher and Therapist over recent years, and buys in her support where necessary to support children who are presenting with attachment difficulties.
At Cottesmore, we also work with partnership and Deanery schools, to ensure that best practice is shared.
Further information regarding advice, guidance and services across the city to support children adopted from care and their families can be found at https://www.fosteringinbrightonandhove.org.uk/content/adoption-support-passport-0
Forthcoming training and courses for parents who are adopters is available via the Virtual School.