19th May 2021:
West Kirby School first in Wirral to achieve trauma sensitivity award | Wirral Globe
Miss Sian Thomas, School Principal, said: “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.”
Graded ‘Outstanding’ from Ofsted, West Kirby School and College is a specialist educational needs school who support primary, secondary and post 16 pupils with complex social communication difficulties, learning, sensory and emotional needs.
Dr Jennifer A Nock, Award Accreditor, said: “This is external recognition of the commitment to the steps taken at West Kirby School and College to further develop a culture of compassion and nurture.
“This plays a pivotal role in getting your pupils into a state of ‘learning readiness.”
She added: “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.”
"Thank you so much for the training day; feedback today from staff was all very positive and inspiring!" Whole-School Attachment and Trauma Training, (Headteacher, Gretna Primary School. August, 2017)
"Many thanks for your really positive words. We’re thrilled to have achieved Bronze and are delighted to learn that we’re well on the way to Silver too. Thank you again for all of your support." (Headteacher, St Michael's in the Hamlet, May 2018)
" May I just take this opportunity to thank you for a wonderful and uplifting course (Atttachment and Trauma Demystified, Preston 27th September). My colleague and I are very excited to move forward with the Award and we both feel this is the only approach that will have long-lasting benefit for the children. We strive to excel in nurturing our children and hope the training and Award will forge a whole- school approach to ensure all children are heard, feel loved, supported and understood, helping them to succeed to their best." (Family Support Worker, September 2017)
"A fantastic and really informative day. It's been really enlightening." ; "It was 'real': meaningful, informative and delivered in a very accessible and 'human' way."
(Attachment Theory and Beyond Workshop, sponsored by Hope School Liverpool for several schools in the North West. June 2017)
"I just wanted to let you know that your training has had an instant impact! We are moving towards no fixed-term exclusions and staff are being really reflective about unpicking triggers for behaviour." (Headteacher, The Attic PRU, Suffolk. September 2017)
"Absolutely brilliant speaker, really though-provoking and learnt a lot." SENDCo North Star Alliance training day, York (September 2017)
"This training will really make me think about how I speak to children, both individually and in groups." SENDCo North Star Alliance training day, York (September 2017)
"Having previously worked with Dr Jenny Nock, taking part in a number of training sessions around attachment and trauma, we were then delighted to bring all this training and knowledge, which had informed our practice, into the Attachment and Trauma Sensitive School Award. An award that recognises the good work going on in schools around these issues. The process was very supportive and positive for the school and was at no time a burden, indeed it was the opposite! A pleasure to reflect on good practice going on and to plan for next steps when working with our children. Jenny is a pleasure to work with, we looked forward to her visits, where good advice and affirmations are given readily. Jenny always leaves our school in a better place!"
(St Ignatius Primary School, Wishaw, Scotland, April 2018)
"Whilst we have strategies in place, working alongside Jenny has made us challenge and reconsider aspects of our provision. We are asking more questions of our whole-school approach: how, why, what? We are so grateful to Jenny for the support and guidance we have received and the direction we have been steered towards. As a result we can see things are changing where needed, and the green shoots of change are appearing! The work has affirmed that we are making progress in the right way for our school community. We were 'over the moon' to receive the Bronze Award and we are determined to continue to keep asking the questions that help us reflect and achieve the best relationships and environment for all our children. Jenny has been an inspiration to us and has made us think hard about our words and actions. We’re looking forward to Jenny’s next visit. Diolch yn fawr iawn! (Headteacher, South Wales school, October 2018)
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