Pathways & Homework Club

Pathways is a supportive, nurturing environment accessible to all students, before school, during lunch and at our Homework Club after school every Tuesday and Thursday.

We have a dedicated team of teaching assistants on hand who are committed to the well-being, attainment and achievement of all students. However, we recognise that some students are potentially more vulnerable than others and for this reason we are keen that the additional funds we have been allocated are used strategically and pro-actively to narrow any gaps in attainment and achievement that may exist.

We use the funding provided in a variety of ways to ensure that we support not only the students’ academic studies but also their social and emotional wellbeing.

Some of the key areas the funding is used for are:
  • Employing high quality staff - See ‘MEET the Team’
  • In-class Support
  • Literacy intervention - A.R.R.O.W programme
  • Mentoring sessions
  • ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support) - Referrals are made in school
  • Organisational Support
  • Purchasing stationery, equipment and resources within school - Contact Mrs Norman
  • Funding special events within school
  • Homework Club/Support
  • Financial support for uniform/educational trips - Contact Mrs Norman

Our Team

Mr N Bugdale

SENCO and Vulnerable Groups Lead

Mrs L Norman

HLTA for Pupil Premium & LAC

Miss A Brown

LSA (Pupil Premium & LAC)

Miss J Pratt

LSA (Pupil Premium & ELSA

Mrs R Coady

LSA (Pupil Premium & Young Carers Support)

Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA)

At Sprowston Community Academy, we are lucky enough to have two qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistants, Miss Pratt & Miss McMenemy. They are fully qualified and completed training by Educational Psychologists, to deliver specialist support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional needs. These sessions are mainly carried out on a one to one basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in the areas of social interaction and friendship skills. These sessions take place in our own ‘ELSA room’ and are tailored to each child's individual needs. The sessions will provide a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured.

Children will be referred for ELSA support by their form tutor, teaching staff or SENCo. Every half term there is a meeting with key staff,to discuss these referrals and to identify which students require sessions for the next 6 weeks. If your child has been identified to take part in the sessions, you will receive a letter to consent to this from our ELSA Support Assistants detailing the programme. On completion of the programme you will receive a telephone call from Miss Pratt or Miss McMenemy, evaluating the course.

What Pathways Means

Notes from some of the children as to what Pathways means to them.