Mount Carmel R.C. High School has invested in a Nurture programme and created a specially equipped base for a core group of Nurture pupils who have been identified by the school pastoral team and during the Year 6 transition process.
The aim of the Nurture facilities is to offer support for some of our most vulnerable pupils in school and to prepare them for returning to mainstream lessons. All pupils receive literacy and numeracy lessons. Nurture staff also work with the pupils to identify their barriers to learning using the Boxall profile (an online assessment tool for social emotional and behavioural difficulties) to support this process.
Although it is primarily a Year 7 support programme offering a chance for identified pupils to become fully high school ready, we do also offer outreach for other children within our school community. The Nurture children have taken on the maintenance of the school memorial garden and are actively involved in maintaining the vegetable gardens.
We also have a school therapy dog called ‘Lottie’ and she is on hand to welcome all the children and listen to them read when needed.