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The Cranmore Way

The Cranmore Way is not an isolated project, rather it is a way of life for our school community. It sums up who we are and how we act. You will often hear staff and pupils say 'Well that's the Cranmore Way!'. Every child is valued in our school and every mind is nurtured to ensure that we all fulfil our true potential.

Academic success is important but we also recognise that this is only achievable when the health and well-being of children is priortised. Many families will experience difficulties and challenges but as a school we are committed to working with parents to overcome these barriers.

Every member of staff has been trained in the principles of Nurture. This allows us to identify when children are stressed and to make relevant interventions to help them to regain composure and to express thier feelings before continuing their learning.

Parents and staff have an opportunity to make a referral to our School Counsellor. Julia from Baranrdos is in school every Friday to work with pupils on a one to one basis. The service also provides wrap around support for families and can sign post parents and carers to other services.

Anti-bullying support is not an add-on it is an integral part of school life steming directly from our integrated ethos. In line with our vision we aim to develop in our pupils a pride in their own self-worth, mutual respect and the recognition of the value of each individual within the school community.

Our anti-bullying approach aims to develop resilience in our students by providing them with the tools they require to problem solve and resolve conflict. In line with this we have put in place a range of preventive strategies including awareness raising through Anti Bullying Week, Cyper-Bullying, Internet Safety Day, anti bullying posters, worry boxes, buddy systems including Playground Pals, support for newcomer pupils and their families and P7 lunch time monitors who help the Foundation Stage pupils.

All the children participate in the Paths Plus Programme which helps them understand their own feelings and emotions as well as those of others. It gives pupils the scaffold to solve problems with the support of staff and peers in a range of ways. Each child is given the opportunity to be 'Pupil of the Day' regardless of their performance or behaviour. All the community celebrate through giving compliments, positions of responsiblity and celebrating individuality.

Responsive strategies include the identification of vulnerable children and the putting in place of appropriate plans of support including Learning Support, Friendship Group, Sensory Room Time, student counselling and wrap around support.