STUDENTS

Currently we have 67 students on roll who are based in three learning bases – Nurture, Transition and Pathways.

The nurture base is where pupils who join the school are based together with Year 8 students.

Transition base is home for Year 9 pupils where they are prepared for movement from key stage 3 to 4.

Pathways is for the older students in the School in Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11).

School Council

The Student Council consists of representatives from all bases and are fully involved in many areas of School life including the recruitment of any staff.  They meet regularly with our Family Welfare Officers and the Headteacher.

Our current members are:

Year 7     Rhys and Charlie

Year 8     Ashley and Kacey

Year 9     Sophie

Year 10    Tyrone and Levi

Year 11   Jamie and Harrison/Thomas

Below are copies of the minutes for information:

23rd April 2018

7th February 2018

15th December 2017

27th September 2017

16th May 2017

6th February 2017

23rd November 2016

14th October 2016

11th December 2016

15th July 2016

Register Monitors

Currently Tom Hill and Ethan McKenzie in Year 11 are responsible for the delivery and return of the afternoon School Registers.  They carry out their duties very professionally and efficiently.

Bullying

Bullying is taken very seriously and a stringent system is in place to support any young person who may be affected.  The school also uses the Sharp system and pupils can access this at School or via the link on the bullying page.

Mentoring

All students select their preferred staff mentor and meet once a week for twenty minutes enabling students to discuss their progress/concerns and any action that needs to be taken.

Belt Status System

Our new pupil assessment system has been designed around martial arts and consists of seven coloured belts for students to aim for and hopefully achieve.

Information on how to do this is in the attached document Status poster

Careers and guidance

From Year 8 pupils embark on a journey to plan and prepare for life after Elmwood and their preparation of adulthood. As a school we utilise “Fast Tomato”, an online career guidance programme for young people, helping them to explore the many different career opportunities. The findings form this on line programme fed into the pupils annual review/Education Health and Care Plan, specifically their Person Centred Review in Year 9 where a transition plan is generated which is shared and agreed by all parties involved with the child. This plan is reviewed annually along with the “Fast Tomato” profile in providing a possible pathway that is needs met.

In addition to this the school appointed an Independent Careers and Advice Guidance in the form of Rita Martin, Specialist Careers Adviser from  CommonSEND Solutions,SEN Consultants/ Specialist Careers Advice service.  Rita supports the School and students at Elmwood with attendance at Annual Review meetings, providing written comprehensive reports (including transition plans, getting ready documents and advice for EHCP’s).  Rita also suppots our Progress and Achievement events held termly where Post 14 and 16 providers are looked at who may be able to support the individual to thrive and not just maintain.

Rita can be contacted via email at rmartin@elmwood.walsall.sch.uk

Sexual Education

Following advice during sex education lessons, students may find the link to this site worth a look http://www.youngstonewall.org.uk/lgbtq-info/sexual-orientation

Campaign launched to help Rugby players open up about mental health issues.

One in four people in the UK are affected by mental health issues each year and sportsmen and women are no exception. Read the full article in The Huffington Post, UK, by clicking on the link below.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/campaign-urges-rugby-players-to-share-mental-health-struggles_uk_58aad1aae4b037d17d29646b?