We recognise that excellent partnerships with parents is an essential element in the success of our school and we are always looking at ways in which we can work together. Parents are at the heart of our planning along with other professionals thus ensuring a consistent and successful approach to learning for all our pupils.
Parent’s impact on learning
We have an active parents group who have their own website which can be found here.
You can now tell Ofsted what you think about our school. Please click the link below to visit the Ofsted ParetView website.http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/
Continence Management Materials
Wilson Stuart School employs care staff to manage the bathrooms. This reduces the amount of disruption within lessons and allows trust to be built up between pupils and staff in these sensitive roles. Toilet programmes are adopted earlier in the school in partnership with families.
If a child is using incontinence padding/nappies and require changing during the school day, parents and carers should send into school in advance supplies of wipes, nappies and lotions sufficient to meet their needs. Staff will put a warning sticker in the Home to School Diary when supplies are running low. Change of clothes for students who may need them. Failure to do so, will be treated as a safeguarding matter if a persistent problem.
We have a trainer in school who conducts all school training and risk assessments of the children. Hoist facilities are throughout the school (ceiling and manual) and these are updated annually. The team also supports other schools across the city requiring expertise in this field.
Accidental Injury in School
If your child sustains an accidental injury in school, a first aider will advise us on the best course of action to take. If the injury is minor, you will be informed by telephone or by letter when your child returns home. If the injury is more serious you will be informed immediately by telephone. We will call upon our school Nurse Team for any more significant medical matters. Should your child need to go home or to hospital, arrangements will be made. This may include you being required to collect your own child.
NHS School Nurses
School nurses are provided by the Birmingham Community Health NHS Trust.
The school nurse is able to offer help and support to families, as well as advice to the school to enable us to meet your child’s health needs. They liaise with other medical professionals who may be involved with meeting your child’s health needs.
You must ensure you have signed and completed or medical consents to allow the team to administer any relevant medication and it is a parent’s responsibility to notify the school and nursing team of any significant changes to your child. This includes any medication they may be on, even if it is just at home.
Pupils frequently have to attend clinics or hospitals for a variety of reasons. If your child has a hospital appointment, we would ask you please to let us know as far in advance as possible and keep the time taken off school to an absolute minimum.
NHS School Doctors Clinics
Dr N McCarthy is the school Doctor who visits regularly. Periodically the school nurse will arrange a clinic for the school doctor and a number of pupils will be examined. Pupils will be seen in accordance with their needs and parents are expected to attend the appointment with their child. Parents may refer to the service for more frequent appointments if they are in any way concerned as to their child’s medical condition or general health.
Medicines / Nasogastric Enteral Feeds
When sending medicines into school we would ask you please to hand them to your child’s bus guide, or deliver them to school yourself. Please do not put them in your child’s pocket or school bag – they may get lost or forgotten. Please make sure that medicine containers are clearly marked with a prescription label (Child’s name, the correct dosage, the time when the medicine should be given, the date and the name of the medicine.) If your child requires medication both at home and at school, it may be helpful to ask your doctor for two prescriptions, one for use at school and the other for home. This avoids having to carry medicines to and from school every day. Please check expiry dates. Longer term medication in school is checked by the Nursing team and they will notify you when medication is due to expire for a renewal to be sent in.
The Physiotherapy Team are based at our school and share an NHS office with School Nurses. They have consultant rooms and treatment rooms on school site, along with access to our swimming pool for Hydrotherapy. In addition to providing treatment for specific pupils attending the school, members of the team also may treat and assess children at home should this be required. Assessments and packages of care are offered appropriate to the children’s needs and conditions. Wilson Stuart School provides a ‘wrap around service’ to help support the physio team to ensure we meet our pupils needs.
NHS Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and Language Therapy is provided following a successful referral to the service.
In addition to dealing with speech and language difficulties the speech therapist may advise on feeding and drinking difficulties.
Speech and Language Communication Champions
The School provides a ‘wrap around service’ with school staff supporting the service with the numbers of children with speech and language needs. Communication Champions are deployed across the school to enhance communication provision within lesson settings.
The school offers school dinners (Hot and Cold). Every child will have an Eating and Drinking Mat allocated outlining their needs. The Eating and Drinking Team will work with the lunch staff to ensure food is of the right consistency for specific children’s needs. Payment details can be gained from the office team or through our communication platform WEDUC. We currently have a Nursery (11.30am), Primary (12pm) and Secondary sitting (12.45pm). We are a nut free school and we ask that healthy food is sent in packed lunches and break snacks. Pupils can bring a small amount of money for snacks at break time (Secondary Only). Students on feeds have
School Uniform is Navy Jumper, dark grey or black trousers and navy blue or white polo shirt. Comfortable dark footwear / trainers. We do not allow open toes shoes due to the number of wheelchair users on our site. School Uniform can be bought from Clive Marks Shops. Click here to make an order.
School bags should only contain the necessary equipment for the day. They should not be overloaded or too big to be carried by the student or placed securely and safely on the back of their wheelchair. The HOME SCHOOL DIARY should be in the bag each day.
Home School Diary
The HOME SCHOOL DIARY is the main communication between class staff and the form tutors. Messages between school and home can be relayed in here, along with up and coming appointments. Homework is also recorded in here to support the students and families. It is a requirement that parents check this folder each evening for important messages / information.
Communication – WEDUC – https://app.weduc.co.uk/
WEDUC is a secure communication platform between school and home. This app will replace paper communications in the future and allow parents to gain information about their children. Letters, News Feeds, Electronic Consent, lesson activities and documents can be shared when you have signed up. Contact our office if you need help or support. 0121 373 4475.
When children who attend Wilson Stuart School are eligible for home/school transport this is organised by Travel Assist within Birmingham City Council. The school does not organise the timing of transport to and from school. Parents need to submit the travel referral to the Local Authority who then assesses each individual (Click here to make a referral) .
Telephone: 0121 303 4955
Parents need to ensure they have an adult who sees them onto the bus and is available at the drop off time. Some of our children are brought to school by their parents/carer; however, the majority arrive at school on home to school transport. Most of the buses have at least one escort for the children. As our children come from all areas of Birmingham the logistics of this are extremely complicated and when new pupils are admitted it does sometimes cause changes to the routes, which are unavoidable.
Accessible Transport Group (ATG) contracted by the Local Education Authority transport the children. Drivers are trained in safely securing wheelchairs with clamps onto the buses. They are also very experienced in ensuring that our children who are wheelchair users are safely fastened in their wheelchairs for safe travel. Booster seats and other aids may also be used for safe transportation of our other more mobile children.
For more information on ATG contact them on 0121 327 8128 or see their website at http://www.atgroup.org.uk/
The school runs a number of residential and day educational visits to support the curriculum and topic themes (Subject to funding). These are a vital part of broadening the curriculum offer for students and
Work Experience (In School)
We do have a number of applications of work experience each year. These need to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating duration, potential days and reasoning for undertaking work experience / course. The relevant DBS checks (If appropriate) will be performed to ensure you are safe to work on site. We strongly advise, past students requesting wok experience seek experiences in other settings and organisations to widen their experience.
Work Experience (Out of school)
Organised through the curriculum in KS4 and KS5. Information will be sent to pupils and families by designated teachers / leads