Oasis offers additional support for pupils of St. Nicholas within a comfortable, nurturing environment governed by key principles.
It is the aim of the Oasis team to help pupils develop the skills to engage in all aspects of school life. Those in need of this additional support are timetabled to work individually, or within small groups on areas pertinent to them within Oasis.
Our pastoral staff (see below) provide pupils with specific programmes to help develop language and communication, self-esteem, self-care, social skills and behaviour management.
- Mrs S Nash (Deputy Safeguarding Officer, EHFSA Lead & Learning Mentor)
- Mrs J Whyte & Mrs M Aloi (Learning Mentors)
- Mrs D Stratton (Counsellor)
- Mrs E Dorrington (Speech & Language Specialist Teacher)
St. Nicholas School has an open door for anyone who has children at our school.
Mrs Allen, our Home School Liaison Manager, is available anytime during the school day to allow parents to speak to her, either by phone, or to pop in for a quick chat. If further help is required she is able to arrange for an appointment with the appropriate person.
Should you have a more important issue to discuss and want more time, then you can make an appointment to see Mrs Stratton, our School Counsellor.
St Nicholas is able to offer one-to-one counselling sessions for students who require this additional support. The sessions are facilitated by a fully trained counsellor. Sessions are tailored according to need and in an age-appropriate way. For some, a more therapeutic approach will be used through Art Therapy, Lego Therapy or Play Therapy, if appropriate.
Students are able to self-refer, or be referred by a parent, carer, or a member of staff. This is a confidential service that adheres to Child Protection Regulations.
There may also be times when parents feel they need support to develop more self-confidence, or more positive relationships with their children, or generally to be more at ease in their roles as a parent or carer. Family counselling is offered after school. It is a confidential service that will require an appointment, which can be either one or several sessions, according to requirements.
If you would like further information on any of the above, please contact the Pastoral Support Lead Mrs Nash.