St Ambrose Barlow RC High School

St Ambrose Barlow RC High School


Nurture at St Ambrose Barlow

Nurture Groups were introduced at St. Ambrose Barlow in September 2016.Their purpose is to help pupils who may be experiencing problems making the transition from primary school to high school.

Our Nurture room is designed to be a bridge between home and school; a place where children can feel safe and secure and therefore develop their individual needs further. Our nurture room has a work table for creative and stimulating activities and a comfortable seating area to allow pupils to have interactive discussions and work collaboratively. There is also a kitchen area where our pupils prepare and share snacks.

The Nurture Group Principles

  • Children’s learning is understood developmentally
  • The classroom offers a safe base
  • All behaviour is communication
  • The importance of transition in children’s lives Has an adult/child ratio of approximately 1:3, and provides lots of opportunities for speaking and listening activities
  • Builds a child’s self-esteem and confidence
  • Builds skills for classroom learning

Language is a vital means of communication

What is the purpose of Nurture Group its Philosophy?

Nurture Group is a small class of pupils (6-8). Its composition is carefully well thought-out to create a balanced and functional group. The Nurture Group is part of the school’s Inclusion and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) provision. Its purpose is to offer children opportunities to re-visit early learning skills and promote and support their social and emotional development.

There is much research evidence that children’s learning is most effective when they have a sense of emotional well-being, good self-esteem and a feeling of belonging to their school community. Our Nurture Room provides children with this opportunity and so helps to develop their maturity and resilience. Our Nurture Room is a place of learning.

The philosophy of the Nurture Room is drawn from the principles established by the work of Marjorie Boxall and others, and exemplified by ‘The Nurture Group Network’ (

Which children attend Nurture Group?

Children may attend sessions in the Nurture Group for specific reasons, for example:

  • Friendship difficulties – keeping/making friends
  • Quiet, shy, withdrawn
  • Find it hard to listen to others or join in
  • Disruptive towards others
  • Find it hard to accept losing a game
  • Find it hard to share and take turns
  • Find it a bit difficult to settle into class
  • Bullying
  • Low self esteem
  • Poor relationships with adults in school
  • Bereavement
  • Family illness or break-up

Does this mean my child is naughty?

No, these sessions are meant to help them manage situations and increase their skills to become more successful learners.

How will Nurture Group help my child?

Nurture Group will boost confidence and self-esteem and provide children with the extra help sometimes needed to improve social skills and independence for example:

  • To join in
  • To settle
  • To listen
  • To concentrate
  • To share and take turns
  • To accept losing a game
  • To build up friendships with their classmates
  • It gives them a chance and helps to encourage a more positive profile among their peers and members of staff.

How long will my child be in Nurture Group for?

Children attend once per week for a period of 2 terms. The duration of each pupil’s stay in Nurture is based on the child’s individual needs. However, we ensure that the children do not miss special assemblies, guests in school, outings or anything else that may be different from the normal routine of the week.

Are parents carers involved?

At St. Ambrose Barlow we like to consider our door is always open and therefore welcome parent/carers to visit us at various times of the year. Special event invitations are sent out to join us for example; open afternoon, Christmas games session or simply for afternoon tea and a chat.


For Further Information contact - St Ambrose Barlow RC High School | Mr M. Hulton (SENCo). | Tel: 0161 921 1570 | Email:

Nurture Groups at St Ambrose