Independent Co-Educational Day School
Leehurst Swan School takes the emotional health and wellbeing of all our pupils seriously. Our objective is to ensure that all of our pupils have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, be it through academic, artistic, sporting or extra-curricular activities on offer enabling them to thrive in a happy, caring, secure environment. Our staff are committed to supporting the pupils’ physical and mental health needs throughout their school journey.
We are exceptionally proud of the strong, pastoral support we have in place, and the care that each member of staff takes to ensure that they know each pupil as an individual. This is key to our happy and inclusive community which supports their mental health. From the moment our pupils join us, they are encouraged to consider their wellbeing, and to build their confidence, self-belief and resilience.
We educate pupils at Leehurst Swan about a variety of topics such as online safety, sex education, drugs and alcohol awareness and eating disorders, through assemblies, form time or PSHE lessons with age appropriate resources. We follow the ‘Jigsaw’ programme which provides a mindful approach to PSHE and offers a comprehensive, carefully thought through scheme of work bringing consistency and progression to our pupils learning in this vital curriculum area.
Leehurst Swan is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our pupils and staff, who have the right to learn in a happy, caring and safe environment, and this includes the right to protection form all types of abuse. Leehurst Swan recognised that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and all staff receive regular training which is updated on an annual basis; they are alert for signs of any pupils in distress and are confident about applying safeguarding processes.
We all have ups and downs in life but in childhood can be particularly hard to cope with sad feelings and worries that arise when things are hard or scary. There may be times when your child is unhappy or struggling emotionally. You may notice that they seem low or worried or that their behaviour changes. We may notice that they seem withdrawn or upset at school.
If you are worried about your child’s mental health, then you are not alone. Many parents and carers have similar worries and stresses.
If any parent or pupil has a concern, no matter how small, please be assured that we will handle the matter with the utmost sensitivity and provide help as appropriate.
Learning support is driven by the needs, learning styles and interests of each child.
A variety of techniques and strategies are used to tailor make individualised learning programmes. As well as specialist 1:1 lessons, our learning support department provides a range of ‘booster groups’ which focus on areas such as spelling, coordination, language, social skills and maths. We run a daily ‘drop-in’ at breaktimes and a number of lunchtime activities (including board games, chess and loom bands) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Consistent liaison between the learning support staff, class and subject teachers helps all staff understand children’s needs. This enables teachers to differentiate their lessons and help children get the most out of their learning. Progress is monitored carefully to help ensure that pupils who receive learning support make accelerated progress.
If you would like to find out more about learning support at Leehurst Swan, please contact us.
In keeping with the aims of Leehurst Swan, every pupil should be educated to fulfill his or her academic, sporting and creative potential to the greatest extent possible. We seek to identify the most able pupils who are usually in the top 5 to 10% of the cohort.
We strive to provide opportunities for pupils who are most able in their academic, sporting and creative studies, enabling them to widen and deepen their knowledge, understanding, skills and interests. We keep a register of these pupils, which is shared with all teaching staff, and there are a range of initiatives in existence for these pupils to be supported and challenged, within and outside of the classroom.