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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown
Parents of P6 and P7 Pupils Please check out our transition tab for all information regarding transfer to St John the Baptist's College.Click here.An information video on the school and the transition process can be found by clicking here.A message from our principal, Mrs Noella Murray, to P7 pupils and their parents can be viewed by clicking here.
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Welcome to St. John the Baptist's Nurtury!


Working within the principles of Nurture UK, St. John the Baptist’s College have introduced a Nurture Centre. “The Nurtury is staffed by two fully qualified Nurture Practitioners, who work with a small group of children and young people who are facing barriers to learning.

Increasing numbers of children and young people are affected by social and emotional issues in today’s world. As a result, their progress and life chances may be significantly inhibited and limited. Within schools it is widely accepted that some of our young people just need that extra support or intervention to help them develop confidence, a sense of belonging, resilience and self-belief. However, the unfortunate truth is that there are limited opportunities within our conventional school system to address these needs in a focused and sustained manner. Imperial evidence on the impact of nurture provision suggests that the type of intensive support offered to children in a nurture group setting is very valuable and within SJBC we have found this to be the case. As a ‘needs led’ programme, our approach is founded and informed on evidence-based research and practice.

The progress of all of our children who engage with the Nurtury is carefully monitored and these findings are used to design individualised therapies and support programmes for each student both while in the Nurtury as well as when they re-integrate full-time into main stream setting again.

Aside from the targeted Nurtury provision, all staff in SJBC we are committed to providing a “Nurturing School” environment and we apply the broad principles of the Nurtury across all areas of school life- we are dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people and work to remove barriers to learning by promoting nurture in all aspects of education.




22nd Nov 2020
Within the theme of ‘United Against Bullying’, pupils designed their...
3rd Oct 2020
Nurture group 1 pupils have been working on developing their resilience by creating...
3rd Oct 2020
Learning how to centre ourselves to focus and quiet the mind, pupils had great fun...
3rd Oct 2020
Congratulations to Leah and Molly who were awarded Pupils of the Month for September...
5th Dec 2019
In Nurture this week we have been thinking about what we are thankful for in our...
24th Nov 2019
Homework time at Nurture is offered last period in Monday’s, Wednesdays and...
15th May 2019
It's hard to believe that we are approaching the end of this academic year and with...
31st Mar 2019
In keeping with the SJBC Healthy Eating Poilicy, pupils developed their team-working...