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Our Nurturing School

What is Nurture?  

‘To Nurture is to care and protect someone or something while they are growing’


We achieved the National Nurturing Schools Programme Award in June 2022.  Some quotes from the day:

"The nurturing approach gave us a different way of understanding what’s behind the behaviour." Headteacher

"Everyone is really friendly here and everyone helps our families too." Children

"Getting a place at Holy Trinity has been the best thing for my family. I am so happy." Parents

"The teaching team all have the same approach. We have high expectations and we are all consistent." Staff Team


Our two year journey to achieve Nurture School status allowed staff to develop personally and professionally whilst embedding a nurturing culture throughout the school, enhancing teaching and learning and promoting healthy outcomes for all children, families and staff. Our nurturing approach is achieved by focusing on emotional needs and development as well as academic learning in a whole school environment. The programme is based on the six principles of nurture that we work hard to embed throughout our school. 


    What this means for your child:

    We meet with children to support and challenge unhelpful and negative beliefs about themselves and build resilience.

    The development of social and emotional skills is at the heart of our curriculum.

    We use positive reinforcement and nurturing opportunities to recognize and manage their emotions.

    We act on the pupil voice through questionnaires, class assemblies, circle time and school council meetings. Transitions are carefully planned. Children feel safe at Holy Trinity and are supported to develop their emotional literacy.

    We understand the children learn and develop at different ages and stages and this

    is reflected in our curriculum and approaches.


    Some of the things happening at Holy Trinity:

    • Silver Rights Respecting School; we empower children to know and realise their rights and the rights of others
    • Reinforcement of all positive behaviours
    • PSHE curriculum that focuses on qualities that underpin emotional well-being
    • Use of the Emotional barometer to support children to understand emotional vocabulary
    • Use of Elklan strategies to ensure we are continually communication friendly for all our children and families


    We Nurture Parents:

    • We make visitors feel safe in our school.
    • We work with parents/ carers and other agencies to support the family around the child.
    • We will keep you updated regularly about your child’s progress and development in school.


    We Nurture Staff:

    • We have a developing well-being offer including a well-being team, a supervision offer, and access to the school's advisory service.
    • Staff are able to access relevant and current training and professional development linked to nurture.
    • Staff feel respected, valued, and supported.