At Thamesmead School we strive to help all students maximise their potential. We recognise that some students will require extra and additional support in order to achieve this. Each student regardless of their ability is entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum, which is relevant to their educational needs. As a fully inclusive school it is our aim that all students have their needs met within a caring and supportive environment.
School Offer & SEND Policy and Information Report
The questions relating to the School Offer for students with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) have been developed in co-production with parent carers and young people and ask the sorts of questions to which they want to know the answers.
The information provided in the link below will help show how children and young people with SEND are supported at Thamesmead.
Whole School Provision
Word Processor policy
Y7 Literacy and Numeracy catch-up premium
Support for Families
Free School Meals
If you think you might be eligible for Free School Meals, please complete this form and return it to the school office as soon as you can.
Walton & Hersham Foodbank
For more information log into https://waltonhersham.foodbank.org.uk/contact-us/
They have also installed a fridge freezer at St John’s Church in Walton and we will be able to give frozen, home cooked meals to those in real need in addition to their normal foodbank food parcels. These are going to be produced by the River House Barn volunteers in their kitchen and will be in single and large portion sizes.
Family Information Directory
Parents can access a range of information on the Surrey website for Child care / SEND services / Leisure & Health / Help & Support / education / Social Care here
Keep up to date with news and issues that affect families with children aged 5-19 (25 for SEND)
Local Advice and Initiatives
Youth Counselling Service (for self referral)
Supporting children through the loss of a loved one
Talking Teens Parent Group
The Talking Teens Parent Group helps deal with those challenges so you can have a calmer, happier family life.
Talking Teens Elmbridge meet in Walton on Tuesday Evenings
Catch 22 support
Catch22, Surrey Young people’s Substance Misuse Service, is a county-wide specialist treatment service for young people aged up to 25. They offer free and confidential advice and support.
Kooth – online support for Students
Elevate Life has been created to support teens who find school difficult. Parents can also find it difficult to find the support they need, especially during secondary schooling when parents’ coffee mornings are few and far between and inaccessible altogether by working parents.
Free workshops are held across the local area to promote wellness and focus on reducing anxiety through gamification, mindfulness, other therapeutic techniques and study skills. A range of modules are also available to help develop the person so they are well-prepared for adult life.
A new service has recently been launched giving students the chance to text in confidence for Health Advice
Advice on Mental Health and Wellbeing
This leaflet contains useful information on Mental Health for parents of Secondary age school children
Following a trial in school with some of our Y7 students, many commented on how useful the meditation was. Regular practice of meditation has several beneficial effects on our children’s emotional, mental and intellectual development, and is something to encourage students in all year groups to practice. Below is the MP3 audio file – have a go at home! Click on the arrow to start.