The strong, positive and caring ethos which underpins every aspect of life at Hutchesons’ starts from the moment children join the Primary School when they become part of the diverse ‘Hutchie Family’.
Class teachers and House staff work together to ensure children feel happy and secure and we operate a relaxed, welcoming open-door policy for parents.
Mutual respect is a core value and the House system creates a tangible sense of community across all year groups through House families, activity days and monthly House assemblies.
Other ways in which the school promotes this sense of security and belonging include;
- The playground friends system
- Primary 6 and 7 pupils monitoring younger classes
- Book Week and regular story reading through which Upper Primary and Infant children enjoy paired reading.
- A School Council comprising class representatives from P3-7 which discusses and influences decisions about aspects of school life
The School also actively promotes personal health and safety through its Health and Wellbeing curriculum. Emphasis is placed on making and maintaining friendships, physical fitness, healthy eating and first aid. Digital safety and the dangers of substance misuse and peer pressure are also discussed.
Seasons for Growth Loss and Grief Education Programme
This voluntary programme aims to promote resilience and develop life skills in young people through focusing on understanding the effects of change. Children work in small groups guided by trained companions.
Health and Well-being
Mrs Phillips, the Primary school’s matron, is a fully qualified registered nurse with a well-equipped medical room to deal with illness during the school day, sports injuries and other medical issues. She works closely with both class teachers and pastoral staff to ensure a holistic approach to the health and well-being of all pupils.
Pupils who require first aid, nursing or medical treatment will be referred to Matron who will contact parents if necessary. In addition, several members of staff hold First Aid certificates. Mrs Phillips is happy to discuss the appropriate emergency treatment with parents of children suffering from asthma, epilepsy, diabetes or anaphylactic shock. Mrs Phillips also plays an active role in our Health Education curriculum and is our co-ordinator for Heartstart, a programme devised by the British Heart Foundation to teach school children emergency life support skills.
Find out more about Health and Well-being here.
The School has policies relating to Child Protection and Bullying which ensure children know who to approach with personal worries or concerns about classmates. All members of staff, both teaching and support, are fully trained in Child Protection procedures and know how to react.