4. The Newman Centre (SRP)

The Newman Centre is a Specialist Resource Provision (SRP) within the mainstream school of Richard Challoner. We are fully inclusive in all areas of the wider school. It is our aim, that the pupils who have access to the provision, have as near to a mainstream experience within school as possible. We are a place of calm and wellbeing for those pupils that can sometimes find it difficult to cope with all the demands of a mainstream secondary school on a day to day basis. Having said this, we truly believe that if a young person feels safe, listened too and understood, then it allows them to have the self-confidence/self-belief to reach their true potential, both academically and socially.

Here in the Newman Centre, we endeavour to support our young people in all areas of their lives. We understand the difficulties/anxieties they can experience outside of the learning environment and the impact this can have on their day to day lives in school. We build and nurture strong relationships with parents/carers and have regular contact via phone calls, emails and face to face meetings. This allows us to see the bigger picture of what is going on in a young person’s life. Working in a supportive and collaborative way with the whole family, builds trusting relationships, which in turn really helps the young people we work with feel safe and supported as much as possible.

The Newman Centre is open throughout the day giving the pupils a chance to interact with key staff a peer’s that are familiar too them, before school, breaks & lunchtimes as well as planned therapy sessions.

All pupils in the Newman Centre have an EHCP (Education Health Care Plan) and receive between 1-3 periods a week (depending on need) of designated, bespoke therapy sessions. These can include: Emotional regulation, anger management, resilience training, social thinking, conflict resolution and restorative justice, to name but a few. Our aim is to support our pupils in being able to access as much of the mainstream lessons/environment as possible.

“It’s a very useful place to go and speak to lovely people if you have any worries and it allows you to express your feelings, you’re never alone you always have someone to speak. It feels really safe.”

 Year 8 Student

The Newman Centre has been imperative to the success of my department and the very specific backgrounds and needs that I teach. The therapy allows those students to develop their social, emotional and behavioural needs and most importantly, gives them access to people and a location where they always feel safe and supported . The therapy and work that goes on in the Newman centre creates a platform for the boys to flourish when they are in the classroom.

Mr Gallagher – Transition Lead & Assistant Year Leader