Westcourt Primary & Nursery School and charity SHS combine in fight to boost education

PUBLISHED: 13:36 07 May 2015 | UPDATED: 13:36 07 May 2015

SHS is a charity heling children get the most out of school

SHS is a charity heling children get the most out of school


Headteacher wants to break down barriers that prevent children from fulfilling their emotional, personal and academic potential

A Gravesend primary and nursery school has joined forces with a national charity to help children and families overcome barriers to education.

Westcourt Primary & Nursery School and SHS, a charity that works with children and families to maximise educational opportunities and improve life chances, are to look beyond the classroom to understand and tackle the issues affecting children’s learning.

The most common barriers to education include housing crisis, mental and physical health issues, domestic violence, substance misuse and poverty.

SHS will help by working directly with the whole family to address the issues, which may mean emergency short-term support from its welfare fund, or longer in-depth work to tackle multiple and complex issues.

The charity says by tackling the root causes of absence and negative behaviour, more than three quarters of the children it works with significantly improve their attendance giving them the opportunity to succeed in school and improve their life opportunities.

Beginning this month, SHS and Westcourt Primary & Nursery School will be working together to ‘help end the intergenerational cycle of deprivation faced by children and families in the community.’

Westcourt headteacher Kim Shubrook said: “We are really pleased to welcome SHS to our school and can’t stress enough the importance of the role that they will provide for our children and their families. It is our vision to give our children every opportunity and as many inspirational experiences at school as possible. We want our children, through their learning, to become happy skilful motivated and confident citizens of the future.

“To achieve this we must break down any barriers that prevent them from doing so. I’m confident that SHS will help break down many of the barriers that prevent our children from fulfilling their emotional, personal and academic potential by supporting and working with our families, so that our children can achieve”.

Josephine Namusisi-Riley, senior manager of services at SHS, said: “We are really pleased to be partnering with Westcourt Primary & Nursery School and to begin working with children and families in Kent.

“We know that by working with the whole family, we can support children to make the most out of their education and improve their life opportunities.”

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