Parent and Student Support

Support at Atlantic Academy

At Atlantic Academy, we are pleased to announce developments within our support staff team, to include dedicated provision for students who are struggling to access learning due to social and emotional needs. Our nurture room opened in January 2020, and offers students the opportunity to talk, and participate in group or 1:1 therapeutic sessions, aimed at increasing young people’s ability to express their feelings and develop their own strategies for resilience.

Diagnostic assessments using Boxall Profiling have helped up to better understanding young people, and we have already seen the impact on behaviour and pupils ability to share their emotions and identify solutions. This builds on our Academy goal to ‘develop the whole learner’, and the student’s own priorities to improve mental health provision in the local area.

A list of support staff can be found at the bottom of this page.

Social media

Important information about students accessing social media

We are aware of a number of occasions where unknown people have tried to contact children using social media sites.

It is important to know that there are statutory minimum ages to use many social media apps. We’ve listed some below:

  • Instagram minimum age 13;

  • Snapchat minimum age 13;

  • TicToc minimum age 13 but recommended that U-18s have parental approval;

  • WhatsApp minimum age 16

This means that no child in Year 7 should have access to Instagram, Snapchat, TicToc or WhatsApp.

Information to help you protect your child is available on line. We have shared some of the best resources with you via the links on the right.

Supporting students social, emotional and mental health

Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs are a type of special educational needs in which children/young people have severe difficulties in managing their emotions and behaviour. They often show inappropriate responses and feelings to situations.

This means that they have trouble in building and maintaining relationships with peers and adults; they can also struggle to engage with learning and to cope in classroom without additional strategies and interventions. Children with SEMH will often feel anxious, scared and misunderstood.

Recent figures estimate that around 150,000 children in mainstream and special schools are suffering from SEMH.

SEMH does not have to be a lifelong condition. With appropriate support children and young people can move forward and live successful lives.

Support Staff at Atlantic Academy:

Learning Support Team

Leighton Tellem Special educational needs and disabilities coordinator (SENDCo.)

Rita Sampson — Assistant Principal, Designated Safeguarding Officer


Lucy Bryant — Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Jodie Balfour — Learning Support Assistant specialising in literacy and numeracy

Fiona Jones — Learning Support Assistant specialising in literacy and reading

Natalja Von Armbrecht — Learning Support Assistant specialising in literacy and numeracy

Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Team

Emma Evans — Higher Level Teaching Assistant (Inclusion)

Hayley Fouracre — Higher Level Teaching Assistant (Behaviour support)

Emma Isherwood — Higher Level Teaching Assistant (SEMH)