Student Support

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.

SEND Information Report Local Offer Autumn 2023-Autumn 2024

SEND Policy Autumn 2023-Autumn 2024

SEND support waves Autumn 2023-Autumn 2024

 

Word Processor policy

Word Processor Policy Autumn 2023-Autumn 2024

Y7 Literacy and Numeracy catch-up premium

Catch Up funding statement

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. (email to info@thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk)

FSM Application Form

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

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/children/support-and-advice/families

Support for parents with Neuro Diverse needs.

Navigating the Maze’ training by MindWorks Website – online course for parents who want to find out more about supporting students with Neuro diverse and Neurodevelopmental needs

https://www.mindworks-surrey.org/advice-information-and-resources/neurodevelopmental-needs/navigating-maze-online-workshop

Useful flash cards to download – https://www.mindworks-surrey.org/advice-information-and-resources/neurodevelopmental-needs/nd-flashcards

Parent Pages

Keep up to date with news and issues that affect families with children aged 5-19 (25 for SEND)

www.surreycc.gov.uk/parentspages5to19

Local Advice and Initiatives

www.catalystsupport.org.uk

Youth Counselling Service (for self referral)

Youth Counselling Service

Jigsaw

Supporting children through the loss of a loved one

https://www.jigsawsoutheast.org.uk/

National Autistic Society/ADHD Out of hours helpline

School Based Needs Services Out of Hours ADHD Parenting Support line.

Tel: 0300 222 5755 (option 4) The lines are free.

https://www.mindworks-surrey.org/our-services/neurodevelopmental-services/out-hours-advice-line

Out of hours supported by NAS (National Autistic Society) is available 5- 11pm, 7 days a week and in an emergency, the Emergency Duty Team and Crisis Line are available 24/7 during the weekend.

NAS Out of Hours Helpline: 0300 222 5755 (Option 3)
Emergency Duty Team: 01483 517898
Crisis line: 0800 915 4644

 

Talking Teens Parent Group

The Talking Teens Parent Group helps deal with those challenges so you can have a calmer, happier family life.

FTT Talking teens Mar 2024

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.

Catch 22 Leaflet

Kooth – online support for Students

https://www.kooth.com/

Elevate Life

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.

http://elevateeleven.com/elevatelife/

Chat Health

A new service has recently been launched giving students the chance to text in confidence for Health Advice

Chat Health

Advice on Mental Health and Wellbeing

This leaflet contains useful information on Mental Health for parents of Secondary age school children

Mental Health – Secondary Parents leaflet

Meditation

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.