David Ross Education Trust
David Ross Education Trust@DRETnews

Life With Us

Everyday, we aim to make coming to Eresby a welcoming and enjoyable experience.

Life with us


We believe that pupils learn best when they are happy and comfortable in their environment. To us school is about far more than academic results, and we place great importance on pastoral care and guidance.

We work closely with other professionals and families to ensure the needs of all our pupils are met and Staff are trained in any medical interventions necessary to meet the requirements of individual children.

We offer a wide range of additional interventions and therapies, which develop gross and motor skills and break down the barriers to learning. These include:

  • aromatherapy
  • didgeridoo therapy
  • hydrotherapy
  • social stories
  • speech and language therapy with support from the NHS
  • physiotherapy with support from the NHS

Risk Assessments are sometimes necessary for pupils who display particular behaviours which may pose a risk to themselves, other pupils or staff and are put in place as a requirement under the Health and safety at Work Act 1974.

Pupil Wellbeing

At Eresby School, we aim to promote positive mental health and well being in a supportive environment.  We help our children to build emotional resiliance, to develop their social skills, to develop their confidence and self-esteem and ensure our children feel valued.

We provide high levels of support regarding mental health at Eresby School.  We encourage young people to talk about any issues that are worrying the, and train our staff to be mindful of children's emotional and mental well being.  Designated mental health first aiders are trained to listen, reassure and respond to mental health challenges and guide young people to an appropriate place of support.

We have facilitators trained to deliver the collection of FRIENDS programs which are Australian developed cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) based programs, endorsed by the World Health Organisation.  The delivery of the FRIENDS programs throughout the school aim to reduce reported anxiety and depression symptoms and increase resilience, self-confidence, self-efficacy, self-esteem and social emotional skills.  The Programs have also been shown to improve peer relationships and positive attitudes towards learning and the school environment generally.  Skills learned throughout the programme help students both now and in later life.

Assembly Topics

We have an assembly at the end of each school day.  Pupils show work and receive awards. Praise is given for good work / effort and some pupils are mentioned on leaves which we add to our Tree of Values on display in the hall. The topics for this tree change each term. One class each week organises a special assembly when they tell other pupils about a certain topic; often about different cultures, faiths and national / international events. Music is played at the beginning and end of each assembly to allow pupils some quiet reflection time. A candle is lit in each assembly.