Keelman’s Way School are part of a new innovative project in which schools in South Tyneside are participating. The project, called Operation Encompass, is being run in partnership with both South Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police.
The project, which commenced in January 2016, aims to support children who are affected by Domestic Abuse. Witnessing domestic abuse is really distressing for a young person, who can often see the abuse, hear it from another room, see a parent’s injuries or distress afterwards or be physically hurt trying to stop the abuse.
As a result, following any domestic abuse incident being reported into Northumbria Police, specialist Police Officers will make contact with Children’s Social Care who will then communicate relevant and necessary information to nominated school staff. This will ensure that the school is made aware at the earliest possible opportunity and can subsequently provide support to children, in a way that means they feel safe and listened to.
Mrs P Selby and Mrs V Scott are the ‘key adults’ who has been fully trained to liaise with the Police and Social Services, when required, and will ensure that necessary support is made available to the child following the disclosure of a domestic abuse incident.
We believe that this project demonstrates our school’s commitment to working in partnership, to safeguard and protect children, and to providing the best possible care and support for our pupils.
In the meantime, if you would like to speak to someone further about the project or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at school. You can also find out more information through accessing the following website: http://www.operationencompass.org/
We are now lucky enough to have The Hide which is used by the children during the school day.
This building has been purpose built on our school field, and gives the advantage of an outdoor classroom which is accessible for all the children. In the Summer months the bi-fold doors open up allowing the outside in.
As well as a spacious working space, The Hide boasts 2 accessible changing rooms with toilets and shower facilities. It also has a small kitchen area so is completely self-contained.
The Hide is available to let, please contact Vikki Scott in the school office for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keelman’s Way PTA – School Community Development Fund
Charity Commission Number – 1152809
This fund has been set up to support our pupils and others with similar needs in the wider community.
The committee aims to enhance the provision of the school working alongside the school’s own plans and ethos. On behalf of parents and the school community the PTA Community Development Fund supports the school by
Raising funds in a variety of ways e.g. making bids to other agencies, running termly school fairs.
Purchasing additional specialist technology and equipment.
Supporting special visits to cultural and social activities e.g. farm, theatre and cinema visits.
Helping to enhance the outdoor learning environment around school.
Supporting special visits to the school e.g. Eureka Science team
Expeditions e.g. for Duke of Edinburgh award.
Setting up activities students can access beyond their school day and a young adults when they leave us.
Vikki Scott, School Office Manager and Melanie King, Deputy Head Teacher, are the contacts for any donations or information you may need relating to our Community Development Fund.