High view School

Our school has approximately 360 children on roll and a team of 22 teachers, 26 teaching assistants, administrative and leadership staff. We are a caring and welcoming school which is committed to giving every child the best and most supportive educational experience possible. We also like to be actively involved in all aspects of life in our local community working closely with Manor Court, Take-A-Part and our PTA.

Updated:
10 August 2018
Local Alliances:
Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

By enabling our children with opportunities to learn about dementia and develop their own skillset, will ensure they feel confident enough to visit and chat to people who have dementia. This supports the wider aim in contributing towards building a more dementia friendly community whilst creating a dementia friendly generation.

Essentially, working within the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia, we can also develop not only our children's but their supporting families' awareness of preventative measures to reduce the risk of developing dementia and might be more ready to seek early diagnosis and support services.

This would not only improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers in the wider community but potentially within the families of our children themselves.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

  • It may be hard to include in an already crowded curriculum.
  • It may prove challenging to arrange visits to the school by people living with dementia.
  • An initial lack of understanding of dementia amongst some of our staff and children.
  • It may prove challenging to continue momentum of the project with timetable and/or staffing constraints.
  • To widen the impact of the lessons into the community so that our school becomes a central part of our dementia friendly community.

2. Actions

  • We will be part of our local Dementia Action Alliance and continue to work alongside Reminiscence Learning(Archie) project.

    • We will make links with local organisations through the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance
    • We will work with local professionals and experts to ensure that we support any visitors with dementia to the school in the best possible way.
    • We will send a school representative to as many of the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance Meetings as possible.
    • We will continue to have regular weekly visits to Manor Court Residential Home where the children are able to interact with the residents. Manor Court Residents are invited to school to join us in special termly assemblies, summer/christmas fairs, remembrance service assembly.
    • We are holding a dementia awareness cake bake/coffee afternoon to raise both funds and awareness.
    • Continue to update our website showing our progress with our Archie Project and Dementia Awareness.
    Status:
    Being implemented
  • We will raise awareness of dementia within the school and in the wider community.

    • We have arranged for Claire Puckey (Dementia Friendly City Coordinator, Plymouth City Council) to give a short school initial assembly presentation and to deliver dementia awareness sessions to staff and children.
    • We will arrange for Claire's sessions to be offered to school governors and parents.
    • We will build on these sessions with: holding special awareness raising events in the school on a regular basis, give children opportunities to research on  dementia and develop projects with local community.
    • We will continue to promote our commitment to working towards becoming a  dementia friendly school on our school website and in our school and community newsletters showing our progress with our Archie Project and Dementia Awareness.
    • We will continue to have regular weekly visits to Manor Court Residential Home where the children are able to interact with the residents.
    • Manor Court Residents will still be invited to school to join us in special termly assemblies, summer/christmas fairs, remembrance service assembly.
    • We are holding a dementia awareness cake bake/coffee afternoon to raise both funds and awareness.
    Status:
    Planning
  • We will ensure that our school premises are as dementia friendly as possible.

    We have arranged for Claire Puckey (Dementia Friendly City Co-ordinator, Plymouth City Council) to support with carrying out a dementia friendly assessment of the school building and grounds.

    Status:
    Planning