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Woodbridge High School

Woodbridge High School

Pastoral Structure

At Woodbridge High School we pride ourselves on the fact that each student is known and knows that they are known. A student’s happiness and well-being are recognised as the foundation for their success.

Effective pastoral care underpins school life and there is always someone to whom the students can turn for help and advice. Every adult has a responsibility for students’ welfare and security and there are many layers of care in place.

Our pastoral care system has a structure based on year groups which sees year co-ordinators working closely with their form tutor team to ensure that we get to know every student. Students are individually valued and well-supported.

Students see their form tutors every morning. Tutors have immediate access to information about students’ achievements and any incidents during the day through the school computer system. Sixth Form students see their tutor three times a week, as well as once per fortnight in a form period and for individual appointments as required. Form tutors should be the first point of contact for parents who have concerns about academic progress or effort.

Year co-ordinators have overall responsibility for the efficiency and effectiveness of their form tutor teams, an overview of student progress and the general welfare and behaviour of students within the year group. They should be the point of contact for parents who have more serious concerns about a student’s overall conduct, effort or academic progress.

Our pastoral care system aims to promote our ethos of kindness, tolerance, respect and aiming for excellence. We are committed to a positive approach and, whenever possible, praise and rewards are used to motivate and encourage the students. There is a clear code of conduct which students are expected to follow at all times and this is underpinned by appropriate sanctions, as set out in the school’s behaviour policy.

Contact Year Co-ordinator

House System

Our vertical pastoral structure is represented by our house system, a powerful and effective way for students to feel part of the school. Each student is a member of one of five houses: Red, Blue, Green , Yellow and Purple; depending on which tutor group they are in. This system helps them to develop relationships across all age groups throughout the school. The house system supports the extra-curricular programme and creates many opportunities for students to participate in school life as they take part in house competitions and events. Each house has a charity that they support and an inspirational person. For more information please click here.

Anti-Bullying

All students have the right to feel safe and happy at school. We have full procedures in place to support students who experience bullying and deal with those who choose to bully others. Please see HERE for details. 

Wellbeing, Counselling and Mentoring Team

We have a full student Wellbeing Team consisting of counsellors, mentors and wellbeing support officers. The Wellbeing Team operates a range of services, including counselling from a qualified psychotherapist. Parents should contact year co-ordinators in the first instance if they feel their child would benefit from this service, or any other service provided by the team. Students may also be referred for counselling or mentoring by members of the school’s staff. Parents will be contacted and consent will be sought in these cases. Full details of our Wellbeing Team, please click HERE.

Behaviour Support Team

Our Behaviour Support Team consists of our Pastoral Manager, Deputy Pastoral Manager, four Behaviour Support Officers and our Education Welfare and Family Liaison Officer. The team provides support for students who are having behavioural difficulties, carries out duties around the school, supports year co-ordinators with investigating incidents and leads proactive interventions with individuals and groups of students.

Please click below to see the members of the team and their specific roles.

Jaz Syed  

My Role
Pastoral Manager 

When did you start working at Woodbridge High School?
It's been 3 years so far, time flies when you are enjoying yourself!

What sparked your interest in working in schools?
Mainly working with young people, my previous role ignited a passion in me to help and support young people. 

Do you have any specialist areas of interest in your field?
Sports! I'm a big believer in sports mentoring. There’s plenty of evidence that taking part in physical activity can have a profound and positive impact on mental wellbeing. There are various ways that physical activity helps mental health, including improved mood, reduced stress, increased self-esteem and helping battle depression and anxiety.
Exercise has been described as a 'wonder medication' in preventing and managing mental health. Many GPs now prescribe physical activity for depression.

What do you love most about Woodbridge?
Team Woodbridge! It's a warm friendly place, full of positive energy. Everyone looks out for one another, in good and bad times!

irfan qureshi 

My Role
Deputy Pastoral Manager

When did you start working at Woodbridge High School?
I started in June 2019. It feels like I’ve been here forever!

Previous Roles
Before I joined Woodbridge I was a Learning Support Assistant working with students with SEN needs. I was also a Youth Worker and Basketball Coach which I currently still do.

Do you have any specialist areas of interest in your field?
My main expertise is using my knowledge of coaching to create a safer environment in school settings. I previously ran a mentoring scheme which decreased the number of behaviour incidents.

What do you love most about Woodbridge?
I love how dynamic and versatile the students and staff are at Woodbridge. Everyday is not the same, I look forward to coming to work, making sure students are looked after and meeting the team. I feel like I am part of a family. Woodbridge also gave me a great opportunity as within 6 months of joining I became Deputy Pastoral Manager. I cannot thank Woodbridge enough for bringing me out my shell, so here it goes...Thank you #TeamWoodbridge!

Wendy Smith 

My Role
Education Welfare and Family Liaison Officer

When did you start working at Woodbridge High School?
I started working with Woodbridge in July 2017 via an external company. I became a staff member of Team Woodbridge from February 2020.

Previous Roles
I have been working in many Local Authority and Independent Educational Settings for nearly twenty-five years. I have been in Leadership, Safeguarding and Pastoral Teams, Vocational Education and also as a School Trainer.

Specialist Areas
Education Leadership, programmes for disengaged young people, Co-ordinator of Family Group Conferences. I am a qualified Counsellor, Trainer, Coach and Mentor.

What do you love most about Woodbridge?
Woodbridge is exceptional and incredibly unique. It is genuinely underpinned by kindness, care, humility and equality. The Woodbridge ethos is felt by all in the environment; it is warm, nurturing, friendly, happy and united.

Did you Know?
I was invited to be a guest of HRH The Prince of Wales. I was privileged to be invited to attend Buckingham Palace for a Summer Garden Party because of my work with Young People. They really do serve cucumber sandwiches and cakes with the royal crest on them!

Gill bryan 

My Role
Behaviour Support Officer

When did you start working at Woodbridge High School?
I started in January 2002 as a member of support staff.

 

Previous Roles.
I worked in the private sector, mainly within the field of telecommunications.

What sparked your interest in working in schools?
When I became a parent, I also became captivated by watching children learn, develop and grow. I was fascinated by the unique way children responded to the world, and how their personalities developed. In September 2001 I watched the World Trade Centre’s collapse. It had a profound effect on my world view and how precious and fragile life can be. I re-evaluated my life and chose a change of career that reflected my passion to work with children and young adults.

Do you have any specialist areas of interest in your field?
I find it very rewarding supporting young people and their families to find creative ways to overcome obstacles that impact on learning.  I have a particular empathy for young people who are ‘looked after’, as well as students affected by anxiety.

What do you love most about Woodbridge?
When we are pushed we pull together.
#TeamWoodbridge #TheWoodbridgeWay

Did you know?
I whizzed around Brisbane city centre taking in the sights at night time on a segway. It was so much fun!

GEORGIA HALEY 

My Role
Behaviour Support Officer

When did you start working at Woodbridge High School?
I started at Woodbridge October 2019, so I'm still pretty new!

Previous Roles
Previously I worked as a Teaching Assistant in a SEBD school. I have also worked as a Youth Work Manager for a large charity in London. 

Do you have any specialist areas of interest in your field?
My current role drew my interest as it was something I had never done before. It gives me the opportunity to work within an educational establishment, in a student support role, which is what I enjoy most.
My passion is supporting young people.  I have been a Youth Worker for the borough for 18 years and worked in many establishments.  I decided a few years ago to make the jump into educational settings as I had a hard time at school. I wanted to try and offer support to students who I believe could benefit from.  

What do you love most about Woodbridge?
I love that Woodbridge is so diverse both in the staff teams and the student body.  I love the way the school supports the students and how hard people work to put the young people first. 

Did you know?
I had a pet snail named Cucumber, he was a vegetarian African Land Snail!

Fitzroy Ellis 

My Role
Behaviour Support Officer. I work closely with others to support the good behaviour and engagement of students around the school. Welcoming them at the start of the day and keeping an eye on them throughout the day to keep them focussed on their learning.

When did you start working at Woodbridge High School?
It’s almost two years since I first joined the school in a different role before moving to the Behaviour Support role I am currently in.

What sparked your interest in working in schools?
I have worked in schools since 2009 after working in a public service role and thought that my experiences would be good to help young people prepare for adulthood. I enjoy working with students. As a parent it is good to understand how school is for my own family.

Do you have a specialist area of interest in your field?
I am really interested in mentoring young people to help them reflect on their behaviours and have the chance to talk to someone with other life experiences.

What do you love most about Woodbridge?
Team Woodbridge – the staff work really well together to support the young people and their learning. Most of all I love working with the students as they make each day worthwhile. Watching them develop and improve towards their goals and successes.