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Mangotsfield Secondary

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Student Support

The school runs a number of support networks for children and families at the school. The most important of this is your child’s mentor group and their mentor and co-mentor. Any concerns should be made to them.

School Nurse:

The School Nurse is available for specific referrals or for students drop in sessions on a Thursday lunchtime in the butterfly room. She also runs the programme of childhood inoculations each year.

School Mentor:

Chris Riches is our school mentor who can deal with issues such as self-harm, depression and bereavement. Heads of house can refer directly to Chris and because she is on school site students can see her on a regular or a one off basis.

FIS Bereavement Group:

This is a student support group which meets once a week to support each other through bereavements through death or divorce.

LGBT group:

This is a group for students who want to discuss and explore their sexuality. They meet once a week.

THRIVE practioners:

There are two fully trained THRIVE practioners in the school, who in turn have delivered basic THRIVE training to all staff. Miss Poole runs the THRIVE and refocus room. Click link to discover more about THRIVE

Nurture group:

We run a nurture group that gives a supporting hand to those students in Yr 7 and 8 that may struggle in transition from primary to secondary school. The Nurture group allows its students to be taught together for some subjects in a small class size which allows its students to gain the confidence required to join mainstream classes later in the year.

Pathways curriculum

In year 9 students at Mangotsfield school start their GCSE courses. We spend a lot of time in year 8 informing and guiding them towards the best curriculum for them. This may be a Baccalaureate style curriculum or a curriculum with more vocational subjects and time to focus on employability skills.

Social Skills group:

This group runs once a week and focuses on students that are having social issues. This can work with an individual or a larger friendship group.

Restorative Justice meetings:

We have three trained staff that can lead RJ meetings. These meetings are designed not to allot blame but to find a meaningful solution to all parties involved.

Behaviour Management Team:

This is a team of three staff who support the Ready to Learn behaviour programme in the school. They will oversee the running of the R2L room and any exclusions. They also act as behaviour mentors.


Mr Marsh is our SENCO who oversees the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities register. He ensures that all students have the correct level of classroom support either by further intervention of advice to subject staff. He also completes access arrangements for students who need help for exams and request for Education Health Care Plans.

Single Assessment Framework:

All Heads of House can write SAFS. These are used to support students with a variety of needs and multi-agency involvement.

Looked after children and adopted children:

The school will write a Personal Education Plan for all students who are in care with the local authority or have been adopted. Each child will be allocated an advocate in school and will have their PEP reviewed every 12 weeks, including an action plan detailing the associated funding.

Outside agencies:

The school works with a number of outside agencies as listed below. If you are interested in accessing any of these services, please contact your child’s Head of House.

Educational Psychologist

Winstone’s Wish – Bereavement

EMAS – Students with English as an additional language

SARI – Racist Incidents

FYPS- Family and young person’s Intervention service

EACH – Homophobic issues

EWO – Education welfare officer – attendance

CAMHS- Children’s Mental Health Service

YOT – Youth Offending Team

PREVENT – prevention of radicalisation

CSE – Child sexual exploitation prevention

DAT – Drug and Alcohol issues

Social services – Child welfare

Off the Record- Counselling

0-25 team – Special Educational Needs

Back on Track – Domestic violence

Housing agencies eg Merlin, Curo

Pathways Learning Centre – alternative education

City of Bristol College, SGS – alternative education

Please note these are services provided outside of the school’s remit. These outside agencies hold their own waiting list, and as such, the school cannot guarantee when or if your child meets the criteria or when they will be seen.